Why has microfibre suddenly become the cloth of choice for professionals, replacing replacing traditional cloths, mops and dusters faster than you can say mi-cro-fi-brrrr… ?
It’s an innovative super fabric that’s impressively effective at cleaning just about everything!
Microfibre removes dirt from surfaces rather than pushing it round
Microfibre cloths are made of lots of wedge-shaped fibres which grab dirt particles off the surface and trap them in the structure of the cloth. In comparison, cotton cloths are made of rounded fibres which can’t trap and hold the dirt and result in spreading it along the surface.
This image makes it nice and simple to understand – it’s a massively blown up diagram of the fibre in the cloth. You’re wiping from left to right – as you can see the surface behind where the microfibre has wiped is clean and free from residual particles, whereas behind where the cotton has wiped there’s still dirt and germs on the surface.
Microfibre is more ‘green’
Microfibre can be used with just water! You’ll need to make sure any large residual dirt is removed first. This is great for environments where people are allergic to certain chemicals, or there’s restrictions on what chemicals can be used on site.
Microfibre leaves surfaces ‘streak-free’ not smeary
We’ve already talked about traditional cloths spreading dirt around the surface, not grabbing it away like microfibre does. Because microfibre takes the dirt away from the surface there’s nothing left at all to form those streaks which ruin your just-cleaned surfaces.
Microfibre is more absorbent
The surface area of microfibre is 40 times greater than that of a comparable size piece of cotton. The capillary action of the very fine fibres coupled with huge surface area results in microfibre being able to absorb up to 7x its weight in fluids!
Microfibre doesn’t scratch
Microfibre is one of the softest materials ever created, due to its tiny tiny fibres (1/100th of a hair width) – the cloth itself will not ever scratch a surface, not even the shiniest, glossy black grand piano… AND, because it traps dirt particles rather than pushing them across the surface, it also protects the surface you’re cleaning from damage by the dirt on the surface.
Microfibre is multi-purpose
Microfibre cloths and mops can be used dry or damp and for almost any application.
Dry cleaning – microfibre filament creates a static charge that attracts dust, dirt, liquids and holds them until the cloth is washed.
Damp cleaning – capillary action draws dirt and germs into the cloth and holds them until the cloth is washed.
- dusting (dry and damp)
- polishing mirrors and windows
- car valeting
- bathroom cleaning
- kitchen cleaning
- lots more!
Microfibre is more durable
Microfibre cloths can be washed on a high-heat hygiene cycle to kill the germs that have been caught in the fibres, and can withstand tumble-drying for convenience. If you want to save energy and avoid leaching or colour-running wash them at 30. Microfibre cloths can be washed up to 500 times and still retain their effectiveness. This makes it an exceptionally cost effective choice of cleaning cloth.
*PS: it’s important not to to use microfibre with strong acid or bleach, or wash it with a fabric conditioner, as these clog and damage the fibres thereby reducing the effectiveness of the cloth.