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Why Microfiber is best

At The Little Cottage Cleaning Company we use Microfiber cloths for the majority of our cleaning. Our cleaners are trained to understand the characteristics of Microfiber and how to use it correctly. This means we get the best results and save time when cleaning.

What is microfiber made from?

The most common type of synthetic material that microfiber is made from is polyester, but nylon and other types of polyamides can also be used depending on what the fabrics use will be. On face value, this may not seem as eco-friendly as natural fabrics but it’s worth noting that during the production process of polyester microfibers, absolutely no pesticides are used and the dyeing methods don’t require any water which results in less wastage. Comparatively, a huge amount of water is needed in the dyeing process of cotton. At The Little Cottage Cleaning Company we use polyester Microfiber as it is the most environmentally friendly. It can also be laundered and reused literally hundreds and hundreds of times before it needs replacing.

What is microfiber used for?

One of the most common uses for microfiber is the purpose we use it for, in cleaning products, particularly cloths and mops. Microfiber can hold up to seven times its own weight in liquid which of course makes it handy in soaking up spills. It is worth remembering that when saturated microfiber will not be effective at collecting dirt. For us as a cleaning company the most useful part is the way microfiber can pick up dirt and bacteria from dirty surfaces. During the manufacturing process, the fibres are split which makes them incredibly effective at picking up and trapping dirt. Alongside this, microfibers also attract and catch bacteria and viruses from most surfaces. Pathogens feed on organic matter, so the synthetic quality of microfiber cloths means they can effectively catch and destroy any lingering bacteria. This reduces the risk of germs and illnesses being spread in kitchens, bathrooms and anywhere they’re used. The tiny fibres also mean microfiber is non-abrasive, so won’t damage any surfaces even when used with cleaning solutions. When using microfiber cloths we change them regularly to avoid them becoming saturated and less effective. We use colour coded microfiber cloths in colour coded bags.

How we use microfiber cloths

We use around 50 cloths per property, per clean, which are coded for different areas of the home/business to avoid cross contamination. We use them in conjunction with ecological cleaning fluids such as degreasers and limescale removers to ensure the best possible results. Once the cleaner has used a cloth, they are placed in laundry bags, washed separately by colour coding in hospital grade detergent, to ensure they are as clean as they possibly can be. We train our cleaners to use as many cloths as they wish and would much prefer more cloths used, than less cloths!


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