Why We Use Microfiber Cloths and Mops to Clean Your Home

Microfiber cloths and mops have long been one of the professional cleaners’ favorite tools, and now they’re making their way into many households. When microfibers were first invented in Sweden around 1980, European cleaning professionals happily adopted the dense yet lightweight material that packs a cleaning punch.

They finally started taking off around 2000 in America, and now they’re among the most common tools used in the professional cleaning industry, due mainly to their effectiveness at removing soil.

Why are our cleaners using microfibers in your home? Here’s a breakdown of some of the reasons we swear by microfibers.

Microfiber cloths and mops clean more efficiently

When your cleaning service uses traditional cotton cleaning cloths and mops, they end up using more cleaning product and more old-fashioned elbow grease. Microfiber cleaning tools have more fibers, and the fibers are smaller, which means that they’ll attach themselves to even the tiniest bits of dirt. A normal cotton cloth’s fibers would miss these microscopic particles altogether. Additionally, microfiber cloths are lint-free, ensuring that they will pick up and remove dust and soil without leaving behind fibers as the traditional cotton cloths do.

Microfiber mop heads are particularly efficient, as they hold more water than a normal mop, but they don’t drip as the traditional mops do. The floors will dry faster, too, because the mop heads don’t need as much water. It’s estimated that floors mopped with a microfiber mop head will dry in 1/3 of the time, so you won’t need to worry about walking on your floors too soon.

Microfibers are environmentally friendly

As more people become concerned about the effect of cleaning products on their health and the environment, cleaning professionals are focusing on finding greener alternatives to their traditional cleaning methods. The usual cleaning products might perform well, but the chemicals are dangerous to you, your family, and the earth. Now, cleaning products contain more natural ingredients. And while these products are good for the earth, they are sometimes less effective than the other, less green alternatives.

However, when you use natural cleaners in tandem with microfibers, they’re often as effective (if not more effective) than the more damaging chemicals. The very small fibers efficiently pick up and trap dirt, increasing the scrubbing power as it improves the absorbency. In some cases, a damp microfiber cloth is more effective at picking up soil than a cotton cloth soaked with a harsh cleaning chemical. Microfiber cleaning supplies will keep your home cleaner and your family safe from potentially toxic materials.

Microfibers will save money in the long run

A professional cleaning company has three goals: to clean quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively. Microfibers allow them to achieve all three. While the initial outlay to make the transition to microfiber cleaning supplies may cost a little more, when you look at the amount saved in reduced chemical use and in faster cleaning time, not to mention the re-usability of microfiber supplies, it’s really a no-brainer.

Microfiber cloths can be reused around five hundred times before needing to be replaced; cotton cloths and mop heads don’t have anywhere near that kind of stamina. We would need to replace cotton cloths and mop heads far more frequently, increasing the cost of supplies. When we are able to clean homes faster and more efficiently and use our supplies for years at a time, it reduces the amount of money we spend on the tools of the trade, which means the savings us ultimately be passed on to you.

Microfiber cloths and mop heads are rapidly becoming the norm for professional cleaning services, with good reason. They’re effective, good for the planet, and cost-efficient— everything that you want your cleaning company to be. If you’re interested in learning more about our services, contact us today!