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.