Microfiber cleaning systems (that being mops, cloths, other specialised cleaning equipment) are nothing new, though many cleaning services providers are still getting to know this advanced material. New microfiber cleaning systems are before all user friendly, basically any piece of cleaning equipment that uses microfibers is designed and engineered with the user in mind.
Using such cleaning systems is less burdensome and more efficient. Professional cleaners do not have to lift and swing a heavy (wet) string mop therefore less wear out at work, and less chance of work related injury. Furthermore, there is no need to perform awkward, repetitive motions in order to wring or rinse the mop which also reduces the frequency of filling new buckets of water which is laborious and time consuming. Using lightweight, ergonomic cleaning equipment also reduces cleaning time and increases productivity. A recently conducted study amongst a number of cleaning services providers which have made the switch to microfiber cleaning equipment, indicated an average of eighteen percent increase in work efficiency and productivity of their cleaning teams.
Use of microfiber cleaning systems increases efficiency no doubt about it, but it also provides for better indoor air quality and longer lasting hygiene. The same companies that took part in the survey mentioned above also did ATP testing on surfaces and features cleaned using microfiber equipment which showed a notable increase in hygiene, even in high traffic or frequent use areas of the premises. Professional cleaners should not be put off by the slightly higher purchase costs associated with microfiber equipment as returns will definitely outweigh the initial investment. When choosing the right type of microfiber equipment, professional cleaners should consider a number of factors.
First up – durability, this is usually measured by the number of times the material can go over rough surfaces before deteriorating (tearing, thinning etc.) Next – abrasiveness, the higher the scrub factor of microfiber the more effective it is in picking up dust and dirt in one swing. Absorbency is another important factor to consider – the microfiber cloth should retain as much liquid as possible. Wash cycles are an important aspect too – microfiber will withstand machine washing a certain number of times (or for a period of time). High end pieces of equipment will give cleaning services providers more mileage in loyal use. The bottom line is though, that the cumulative values of these factors should help choosing the right grade microfiber.
The material which many people commonly refer to as microfiber was invented about twenty five years ago and its innovative and highly efficient properties quickly caught the attention of professional cleaners. Microfiber is a synthetic fibre made using a combination of polyester and polyamide (nylon). The strands of the material are then woven in order to achieve an interlocking structure of fibres.
The interlocking structure of the material creates a porous surface with millions of spaces between the fibres. This unique structure allows microfiber cloths or mops to pick up dust, dirt and moisture fifteen times the weight of the mop or cloth being used, which translates to a notable increase in cleaning efficiency and cleaning services productivity. The hidden advantage of microfiber lies with the spaces between the strands. When the fibres run against one another when the cloth or mop is in use, the friction creates a static charge which makes the material even more effective in picking up dust and dirt even from hard to reach places.
The static charge also helps microfiber cloths and mops retain the dirt they collect which means less mess and more efficient cleaning. Microfiber has been widely used throughout Europe for a period of time now, though the US is still getting to know the material, and cleaning teams are still somewhat reluctant to make the switch to microfiber cleaning equipment. Probably, the slightly higher cost of such cleaning materials is a factor in establishing microfiber as the cleaning material to be. Having said this, many professional cleaners have accounted for notable cost efficiency of the material, and the fact that it reduces cleaning time, as well as cleaning effort. At the end of the day, getting more done in less time and with less effort means increased productivity and more profits for the cleaning company.
Increasing interest toward microfiber technology has allowed manufacturers to come up with more efficient and more affordable examples of the material thus making it easily accessible to cleaning services providers everywhere. The fact that the cleaning process is done using such an effective material (piece of equipment) also reduces the necessity to use cleaning chemicals and excessive water use. Microfiber cloths and mops are also gentler on sensitive interior surfaces, that means hardly any chance of clouding or scratching of surfaces. Microfiber cleaning equipment is usually more durable and long lasting than conventional cleaning materials.
A recent study conducted amongst specialised cleaning services providers has indicated that fifty four percent of the company’s available budget goes to cover labour expenses, and thirty percent is spent on equipment and materials. To elaborate – a thirty percent expenditure on materials and equipment is too much. In light of this, many professional cleaners have decided to make the switch to microfiber mopping systems with on board chemicals.
The first and most important benefit of using microfiber mops is their almost unbelievable efficiency. The mop soaks up much more liquid than conventional string mops, plus it retains liquid much better for longer – this means no drips or leaks while being carried around the premises. Another huge benefit is the presence of on board chemicals which are dispensed as necessary on a clean, rinsed mop – whereas, a string mop is always dipped in a bucket of (dirty) water. Feeding cleaning agents to the mop directly through its handle allows cleaning teams to apply the mop directly to the flooring surface whilst still clean. In other words the need to lug around a heavy bucket of dirty water is almost eradicated.By doing this, cleaners reduce their work time up to three times. Another upside of microfiber mops is their lightweight construction.
A conventional string mop will eventually become soaked and heavy thus take more effort to lug around which increases cleaning time. A microfiber one will weigh only a fraction of the weight, either dry or wet. Savvy cleaners will point out that the weight of the on board chemicals should also be factored in, and it is – people who use these mops actually feel the weight of the chemicals counterbalances the weight of a wet mop (as little as it may be) thus making the tool easier to manoeuvre. Perhaps the biggest advantage of using these lightweight cleaning tools is their ergonomic user friendliness. The mop is always light, easy to move around. This reduces staff frustration and obviously the risk of personal injury, like work related chronic back pain for instance.
All mop handles are retractable and adjustable. The handles are sufficiently long, which means cleaning teams can work upright, with their shoulders back, not hunched over which is common when the mop handle is too short for the person using it. Using these mops will also reduce fatigue and wear out when cleaners are using erroneous cleaning motions like back and forth strokes (not uncommon). The right way to mop floors is in a figure eight motion/pattern.