First developed in the 1970s, microfibre has become popular in the professional cleaning industry for cleaning surfaces and mopping floors. The popularity is founded in the fact that, while often more expensive than traditional cleaning cloths and mopheads, microfibre products tend to be more absorbent, use significantly less chemicals and water, and clean surfaces more effectively.
But what exactly is microfibre?
Microfibre fibres have a diameter of less than 1.0 denier – a measurement that is used to identify the thickness of individual threads – and are typically made of a synthetic material such as polyester or nylon. This makes the fibres several times finer than silk and approximately 100 times finer than human hair. Because of this, microfibre products are light and far easier to manoeuvre without splashing solution onto surrounding walls and furniture.
And when woven into a microfibre cloth or mop, these fibres can absorb six times their weight in liquid and are extremely durable. In fact, if properly cared for, microfibre cloths can be washed hundreds of times before they need to be replaced and microfibre mopheads can last up to 10 times longer than conventional loop mopheads.
Other benefits may include:
- The ability to reduce bacteria build-up on surfaces because of microfibre’s enhanced cleaning effectiveness.
- The ability to launder microfibre products in conventional washing machines. Conventional mopheads often require specialized cleaning.
- Quicker floor drying times and, thereby, improved safety because microfibre products require less water.
- The elimination of lint and fabric dust on surfaces.
Microfibre has several benefits; however, the quality of microfibre can vary. Lower quality microfibre may not prove as beneficial or last as long as higher quality microfibre.
Mike Sawchuk is vice-president and general manager of Enviro-Solutions, a leading manufacturer of green cleaning chemicals based in Ontario.