Are you living in a clean and healthy home? Obviously, you can’t see the millions of microorganisms that lurk on your countertops or inside dust, dirt, and debris. Household chemical cleaners are toxic, and according to a study by the American Journal of Infection Control, disinfectant wipes can end up spreading bacteria!
What you probably didn’t know is that microfiber is capable of removing unseen microbes, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and germs from your counter tops! Thus, microfiber a great way to cleanse your home this cold and flu season. It is also an environmentally friendly way of cleaning, doing all this with the use of just water.
How can a cloth remove tiny organisms from my kitchen counter-tops?
Well, if you didn’t already know, microfiber is extremely small, so it actually picks up many microscopic materials, unlike many cotton towels. To give you some perspective on the size of microfiber, it’s approximately 1/100th the diameter of a human hair and 1/20th the diameter of a strand of silk. Those fibers are chemically split during manufacturing to change their shape giving them more surface area and allowing them to act like little shovels scooping up surface contaminants. Microfiber is also positively charged acting like a magnet to attract negatively charged dust, so it doesn’t just pick up materials, it is able to effectively store them.
Are You Really Cleaning? What you use to clean your home’s surfaces matters! If it doesn’t properly store and absorb materials, then you are just spreading the problem around your house. A good example of this is our home’s floors! Our floors collect a variety of dirt and debris, and are a high traffic area where small spills and food droppings go unnoticed, hence a breading ground for bacteria! Not to mention, we spread bacteria just by walking around our own homes. So having an important way of collecting and disposing of them is crucial to your home’s health, and that’s why microfiber products, such as our Microfiber Mop System, have become increasingly popular.
Disinfection is when you use a product that has been tested to kill the microscopic organisms on the label, including viruses and fungi.
So does microfiber remove bacteria? In case you didn’t know there is a difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting (see details below), and microfiber can assist in all 3! Microfiber is a superior cleaner, able to remove extremely small dust, dirt, and debris, as well as microorganisms and allergens. It may not classify as a sanitizer, since sanitizers by definition must remove 99.99% of bacteria, but a study done at the UC Davis Medical Center are showing that Microfiber can remove up to 99% of bacteria! Want more information on how microfiber can remove bacteria and viruses? Check out this post by Infection Control Today! Safe to say, it’s still a great way to remove bacteria. Microfiber can also serve as an alternative way of disinfecting, which kills surrounding microorganisms, including viruses. Viruses are too small for microfiber to pick up. But viruses are usually attached to other substances, such as debris and other microorganisms, which microfiber can effectively pick up, remove, and dispose of, killing the virus in the wash. Regardless of whether you are looking for a cleaner, sanitizer, or disinfectant, microfiber is a great choice to rid the surfaces in your home of harmful microorganisms. Try using microfiber towels on your kitchen stove tops and once you see how great it works, maybe you’ll even be brave enough to test them out to clean your toilet!
With microfiber products, you can effectively fight bacteria and other pathogens without any chemical cleaners. As mentioned above, disinfectants kill pathogens. But they come with a cost, many ,being chemical cleaners, are hazardous to humans. When you continually clean with chemical cleaners, you are continually being exposed to hazardous and synthetic chemicals. Thus, there are a variety of chemical cleaner related health problems. Ever gotten light-headed after bleaching your bathroom? Or gotten a headache from being exposed to too much chemical sprayers and aerosols? It’s also worth mentioning that these hazards are increased dramatically when you mix them together by using them in the same space.
Microfiber doesn’t kill bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microbes the way chemical cleaners do. Instead it physically removes them from your surfaces and stores them with its incredible amount of surface area, with the use of only water! To destroy the microbes, all you need to do is effectively wash or rinse them out of your microfiber.
Microfiber also offers a more environmentally friendly cleaning and sanitizing solution! It is machine washable, meaning it doesn’t end up polluting our oceans and landfills like disposable wipe alternatives. There is also no chemical run-off, and harmful chemicals do not get into the air, since it only uses water to clean.
If you are interested in an environmental friendly, healthy, and effective cleaning solution check out our 16”x16” Buff™ Pro Antimicrobial Microfiber Towel with Fresche®.
Even if you have the right cleaning products, It’s also important to remember to have a system to prevent the spread of germs and viruses! Want professional more professional cleaning tips, advice, or updates?
President at Microfiber Wholesale
Brett Haney has been in the cleaning business his whole life, as the third generation owner of this business. He enjoys sharing the knowledge that he's gleaned from customers and vendors alike and has had the opportunity to do so in trade publications as well as here on MicrofiberWholesale.com