Beating Bacteria by Cleaning with Microfiber
Advances in technology in commercial green cleaning janitorial services have created cleaning products and tools that are beneficial to the environment, help prevent the spread of germs and infection, and are more efficient and economical to use. One such advance is the in the production of microfiber products, especially those used in commercial and office building cleaning services. These products are created from a man-made process using polyester. The products maintain their shape well, hold up to eight times its weight in water, has the ability to absorb oils exceptionally well and are extremely soft as not to harm surfaces as do their counterparts in the standard mops and rags category.
Further, although these products may cost more they are actually more cost effective because they last longer and require less effort to use. Traditional mopping requires a wet mop to be continuously dunked into a bucket to get more cleaning solution. This process contaminates the cleaning solution and dirt, bacteria, & viruses end up back onto the floor Micro mops are designed not to need to be dipped into a bucket, the solution is held in the fibers, eliminating contamination.
Ease of Use
Mops and rags made of microfiber only require that they be washed in regular washing detergent, non-oily, self- softening, soap- based detergent. Fabric softeners should not be used because the oils in these products will clog the fibers and make them less effective.
Less need for costly chemicals and a lesser impact on the environment by putting fewer toxins in the air is the impetus for many commercial office buildings requesting that their janitorial services investigate and utilize green cleaning products and strategies when cleaning their buildings.
Advancement in the technology of these products is a treatment applied to the cloths containing antimicrobials that is designed to restrain the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria. In fact, these cloths have been proven to remove 99% of bacteria from non-porous surfaces without the use of chemicals. Further, recent studies have found that when microfiber tools are cared for properly, they can provide bacteria reducing benefits for up to 300 washes. Additionally, studies by both the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that approximately 90,000 deaths from bacterial infection occur in U.S. hospitals per year. Therefore, ensuring that the country’s healthcare system is truly a safe and clean environment has emerged as one of the organization’s highest priorities. Microfiber products and green cleaning strategies are leading the way in this effort.
Benefits to Large and Small Office Building FacilitiesThere are four main benefits why office facilities should have their janitorial service consider green cleaning strategies for their buildings. These are:
- Time effective and efficiency – Microfibers mops, dusters and cloths are lighter and ergonomic which diminishes the amount of time and effort needed to complete cleaning task ultimately leading to an increase in productivity.
- Reduces Chemical Toxins and improves Environmental Footprint- These tools allow for chemical-free cleaning of most surfaces cleaning with only water. Harmful chemicals long-term effect on people and the environment is eliminated.
- Interior surfaces Preserved- Without harmful chemicals and the improved treatment of surfaces through the reduction of buildup, scratches and residue, furnishings and office equipment last longer
- Reduced Illness and Better Hygiene- these products provide a superior level of cleanliness, eliminates germs and decreases employee lost time due to illnesses.