Professional Organizer Marie Ricks explains why microfiber mops are superior to regular mops.
How microfiber is made
Each strand of microfiber has two parts, wedge-shaped polyester filaments and a core of nylon. Made of both oil-attracting and water-attracting polymers, these strands are woven into masses of tiny “hooks & loops”. The sharp edges of millions of these fibers cut through dried-in stains, attracting and absorbing dirt and micro-particles, eliminating the need for additional chemical cleansers. The capillary effect between the filaments and nylon core creates a high absorbency, which in turn, enables the fiber to clean and polish at the same time.
Why microfiber works
Microfiber picks up and traps dust, dirt, grease, and particles inside the “star-shaped” grooves of the fiber. Microfiber products have up to 30 times the cleaning power of an ordinary cleaning cloth or pad.
Microfiber consists of very fine threads that are so thin (100 times thinner than a single strand of human hair) that when they are woven together they create a surface area 40 times more than that of a regular fiber – creating an expanded surface area with dramatically enhanced absorbing power due to the capillary action of the fine threads.
How microfiber absorbs
Microfiber has two polymers. Polyester has an affinity to oil, so that oil and grease adhere directly to the fibers. Polyamide has an affinity to water. As a result, any type of dirt is very quickly and completed removed with microfiber, leaving a sparkling clean, streak-free surface. Microfiber cleans without streaking, smearing, scratching or leaving lint. Microfiber is safe to use on all delicate surfaces. It will clean without scratching or harming the surface in any way.
Microfiber actually lifts or scoops the dirt and stores the dirt particles in the towel, until it is washed. Microfiber can absorb up to seven times its weight in fluids. Microfiber cloths can be washed up to 1000 times and still maintain their effectiveness. This makes it an extremely cost effective product. Machine wash or hand-wash microfiber with mild soapy water. (Technical details used with permission from Aquastar, Inc.)
A Great Microfiber Mop has:
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Swivel Mop Base
Make it easy to put on and pull off the microfiber mop pads. Make sure the mop head has a swivel head and “hook and loop” fasteners for your convenience.
Depending on the number and size of your floors, choose a commercial mop with a wider mop base. The investment initially will be greater, but the time savings will be worth every penny spent.
Dry Mop Pads
For dusting and sweeping, use the microfiber dust pad – do not wet! Glide the mop over surface to pick up dust, dirt, pet hairs, etc. When the microfiber pad becomes filled with dust and particles, just peel the pad from the base, and then shake the pad out to remove loose dirt and particles. Re-attached the pad and continue dusting. You can also dust your walls and ceilings with the mop. The Microfiber Dust Pad does not need to be washed after every use – just wash the pad when it becomes very dirty.
Wet Mop Pads
If you need to deep clean your floor, dampen the mop pad in warm water and squeeze out the water before you start moping the floor. The mop can be used on all floor surfaces since it leaves a minimum amount of water on the floor.
If the floor is very dirty or, if you would like to get rid of deep stains, you can use soft soap. Wet the work with the mop until the stain disappears.
Wet Mop Tile/Grout Pads
This pad is manufactured with different lengths of fibers so it cleans the tile and the grout at the same time. Use as with a Wet Mop Pad.