MICROFIBER CLEANING. History Of Microfiber. Microfiber was invented in Sweden in the early 80’s as durable fabric. After its development, Microfiber was found to have superior cleaning abilities. It was then marketed and sold in Europe in the 1990’s. What Is Microfiber ?.
Microfiber was invented in Sweden in the early 80’s as durable fabric.
After its development, Microfiber was found to have superior cleaning abilities.
It was then marketed and sold in Europe in the 1990’s.
A flexible microscopic plastic durable yarn. Measured at less than 1 Denier.
A Denier is a yarn measurement – which translates to:
“A length of yarn stretched 5.5 miles and
not weighing more than .5 ounces”.
The diameter is 100 times smaller than a human hair.
One Strand Of Human Hair
Unprocessed (fibers not split)
- No absorption, no magnetic attraction to soil
- Microfiber, woven in a flat weave and very durable –
but has very poor water absorption characteristics.
It’s used to manufacture water resistant clothing & upholstery fabric.
Processed (split or ripped)
- High absorption, no attraction to soil, used in cheater mops
- Processed by splitting (similar to split ends) threads are twisted and each
fiber created cavities (capillaries) adding solution holding power to the
thread. The thread by itself cannot absorb solution.
Unprocessed (used for cleaning)
- High absorption
- Magnetic attraction to soil
- Combines 2 basic fibers, Polyester & Polyamide creates a natural
magnetism to soil
- Blends range from 70-30 to 80-20
(Positively Charged) attacking (Negatively Charged)
dust and dirt for the life of the yarn.
Cotton Mop Skims Surface
+Charged Microfiber Attracts - Soil
Yarn fibers are like a microscopic plastic brush.
Strong lint free fiber.
Yarn is ripped from the machine creating jagged edges – over 100,000 per square inch to hold soil.
These magnified photos show
3 stages of microfibers. The
first is before using, the second shows tiny dust particles that
stick to the fibers and the third shows dirt and bacteria caught
in the network of fibers after
Holds many times its weight in solution. These same hooks bind against each other creating voids, which hold solution.
Remember, plastic cannot absorb solution – it holds solution.
Microfiber mopping assists in infection control.
Microfiber Mop System uses one mop per patient room.
Easier To Use
- Substantially lighter, effortless cleaning
- No heavy mop buckets to dump
Faster To Use
- Cleans 30% more surface
- 60% faster than a string mop and bucket
- Eliminates dust mopping
Less Expensive To Use
- Hardware is less expensive
- Reduces chemical cost by up to 95%
Effortless, Improved Clean, For Less Money!
Building Services Management Magazine 9-4-08
“The University of California Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) in Sacramento, CA, had three motivations for changing the way its custodial staff maintained the floors in patient care areas:
Reduce chemical use and disposal — Conventional wet mopping practices require cleaning solution changes after every third room to reduce patient health risks from cross-contamination.
Reduce cleaning times for patient rooms — Conventional wet mopping practices, including mopping the floor, preparing and changing the cleaning solution, and wringing the mop before and after jobs. Take approximately 15 minutes for a typical patient room.
Reduce custodial staff injuries and workers’ compensation claims —Conventional wet mopping practices can lead to custodial staff injuries through the repeated motions of mopping and wringing.
Program Results: UCDMC first used the microfiber mops in a pilot test and within one year it completely replaced conventional loop mops with the microfiber alternative in all patient care areas. The program resulted in three measurable economic benefits:
60 percent lifetime cost savings for mops;
95 percent reduction in chemical costs associated with mopping tasks; and
20 percent labor savings per day.
“If implemented properly, microfiber can help streamline cleaning
tasks and improve cleaning times. This technology can also reduce
chemical and water usage, minimize product replacement costs and
save thousands of dollars in fines associated with building occupant
health. In fact, those facilities that were on the forefront of the
microfiber trend have already begun to see both financial benefits
and cleaning efficiencies associated with its use.
At Western Washington Universityin Bellingham, Washington, the goal for the custodial
department has been to conform the cleaning techniques into green initiatives, all while
increasing efficiencies and reducing budget dollars. According to Michael Smith, departmental
supervisor and CMI master trainer in the Academic Custodial Services department, the cleaning
crew at Western Washington University has been successful in achieving those goals for roughly
15 years, thanks to the implementation and use of microfiber technology.
“We are extremely vested in microfiber,” says Smith. The fact that this product can help meet
green goals, while reducing expenditures goes a long way to support its use.
Microfiber is directly associated with green claims, in part, because it requires the use of
minimal chemicals. In some cases, the products clean effectively without the use of any
chemicals and instead can be used dry or by using only water. This feature of microfiber is also
a cost savings perk. Utilizing a product that will reduce the chemical inventory throughout the
facility is a win-win resulting in substantial budget savings. “