Posted by Victoria Donovan ● 1/8/19 9:19 AM

The Importance Of Microfibre For Cleaning

microfiber cloth wiping stove elementsMicrofiber has really made a name for itself in the cleaning industry. It's recommended for so many different cleaning tasks because it performs well and can be a key tool in eliminating cross contamination. And it's not just a coloured cloth, either. It comes as mop heads, mop pads, and more.

But why is microfibre so great? What is it? And why should people convert to it if they've yet to experience the wonders of microfibre? We've got the answers you're looking for.

What is microfibre?

As it sounds, microfibre are fibres that are microscopically small. These synthetic fibres of polyester and polyamide have a diameter of less than ten micometers. This is significantly smaller than the diameter of a single human hair. Because they're so small, they're able to fit into tiny crevices. Furthermore, the fibres, which are bundled together, go through a process called splitting where openings are created in them so they form a star-like shape. This is what makes microfibre products so absorbent because these little openings can pick up and hold more than regular closed fibres can. The split fibres are then spun and woven together to create the products many cleaners have come to rely on.


The quality and effectiveness of microfibre can vary depending on the make up of the fibres and the quality of the splitting process. Cloths with a 70/30 or 80/20 polyester/polyamide blend are the best at their job. And microfibre clothing, for example, isn't supposed to be absorbent, so it has little to no splits in its fibres.

Why is microfibre so effective for cleaning?

As mentioned, the splits in the microfibres allow for better absorption and holding, so cleaning jobs are faster and more thorough. Microfibre mops splash and splatter less. Additionally, the chemical process used to split the microfibres gives it a positive charge, and this is very useful because most dust and dirt is negatively charged, so the microfibre cloths can literally attract dirt to it.

And microfibre isn't just ideal for picking up dirt/dust, it's also great for wiping sensitive surfaces like windows or screens or walls. Microfibre is both durable and soft, so it won't leave scratches and streaks behind. To give these surfaces a safe polishing, microfibre is the way to go.

Additional microfibre benefits

  • Reusable
  • Colour-coded to aid in reducing cross contamination
  • Lighter than other cloths
  • Light cleaning jobs like dusting or sopping up spills don't need chemicals
  • Different thicknesses are available to better suit your needs
  • Different styles also available

Microfibre mop

Overall, the goal of cleaning is to remove harmful bacteria or dirt to create safe, healthy environments for people, and microfibre is one of the best tools for this goal. From cloths to mops to dusters, microfibre will be a effective addition to your surface disinfection and cleaning routine.

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Swish can supply you with any microfibre products your facility needs. We're experts in infection prevention and have all the tools to make environments safe and clean. Contact us today!


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