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Microfiber cloths and mops are essential tools in an infection-control program.1 The goal of an infection-control program is to prevent the spread of infectious disease by reducing contact with pathogenic microbes. 

What is Microfiber?

Microfiber is a polyester and nylon (polyamide) fiber that is used to make fabric. The fiber is split many times smaller than a human hair. This makes it a superior tool for cleaning and germ removal because it is able to penetrate cracks and crevasses that cotton cloths or paper towels are not able to reach. The increased surface area of the fibers and their star shape also allow them to absorb up to 7 to 8 times their weight in liquid. The fibers generate a static electric charge when moved across a surface that attracts dust and contains it, rather than spreading it around or releasing it into the air when dry dusting. The term microfiber technically applies to fiber that is 1.0 denier or smaller. The smaller the denier measurement, the finer and more effective the microfiber. Superior microfiber measures 0.13 denier. Manufacturers have created products with different weaves and weave densities for specific types of tasks. Ask the vendor about the grades of microfiber that are available and which grade is best for specific cleaning tasks.

Benefits of Microfiber

  1. Effective at capturing microbes: Several studies have determined that microfiber is better than cotton at capturing bacteria. The University of California, Davis Medical Center compared the amount of bacteria picked up by a cotton-loop mop and by a microfiber mop. The cotton-loop mop reduced bacteria on the floors by 30%, whereas the microfiber mop reduced bacteria by 99%

  2. Prevents cross-contamination: Microfiber cloths and mops are available in different colors so that a color-coding system can be implemented for specific uses. For instance, in bathrooms, pink cloths can be used for toilets and yellow cloths for sinks. Green cloths can be used for office cleaning. 

  3. Reduces chemical and water use more effectively: A University of Massachusetts Lowell study3 determined that because the microfiber mopping system uses less water and chemicals, it reduced the amount of water and chemicals handled, and it eliminated the need to wring the heavy cotton mops, resulting in less potential for worker injury. 

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