I’ve been working at Microfiber Wholesale for almost a year now and until last week I hadn’t actually taken any of the products home with me. Even though it caused me constant ridicule around here, I had been using the Swiffer wet jet and dry dust mops at home; however, when my wet jet broke I decided to give microfiber a try. I took home one of our Microfiber Mop Systems.
The dust mop cleaned my floors so much better and faster than the small swiffer dry cloths – I couldn’t believe it! One of my friends walked in and asked what I had used on my wood floors because they looked so great – I hadn’t even washed them yet! The dust pad is so much bigger that it took me half the time to clean and picked up so much more dust than the swiffer ever did. I was thrilled with the results. The wet pads were just as easy to use. I simply filled my kitchen sink with water and a half cup of my favorite floor cleaner and dropped a couple of the wet pads in to soak them. Before using them I wrung them out – really easy. The amount of dirt that they took off my kitchen floors was amazing. They really worked great and I didn’t have to scrub very hard at all to get off some of the spots that were a bit more ground in. Again, because of the size of the pads, it went by so much faster than the swiffer ever did, and I went over my floors twice, although the second time wasn’t really necessary as the first time got up all the dirt. I thought it would bother me not being able to just use and then throw away the pads, but the products worked so well that hasn’t been an issue at all. It’s really easy to just throw the used pads into the washing machine to wash them, and the added bonus is that I’m not throwing more unnecessary garbage away, therefore making the microfiber pads much more environmentally friendly. I told 4 girlfriends about how easy the cleaning was this weekend. I would recommend using the microfiber dry mops to dust your floor and microfiber wet mop pads to wash your floor anyone, they are great!!
Here is a new video featuring our Microfiber Mop Charging Buckets. If you aren’t familiar with these buckets watch this and you will see why they have become so popular. With this type of bucket you can forget about wringing out mops since if you use it properly your microfiber mops will be perfectly moistened and ready to start cleaning!
Also featured in the video is our Microfiber Mop Bucket Dolly. They work great with the charging buckets, place one bucket that’s full of clean, moistened mop pads and use an empty one to store your pads after you use them.
In the video we show you what sets our sprayer mop apart from others on the market, including its removable nozzle which allows for cleaning and unclogging. It also has a pressurized tank which means you don’t have to constantly pump out your cleaning solution. One more thing, the handle itself is made from heavy gauge aluminum which gives it much more rigidity than other tools out there. This tool is available as part of a microfiber sprayer mop kit, or by itself in 16” and 22” versions.
We received the following question this week from a customer: Can microfiber mop heads be washed, sanitized, dried and reused?
Just like a home builder might forget that not everybody knows how to finish drywall or hang a door, we sometimes forget that things that seem obvious to us might not be obvious to our customers. This is one of those instances. Although it’s not quite a new years resolution, because if it was we’d surely fail, we’ll try to do a better job of explaining things that we assume people already know… even if our last blog post was about this very subject. Haha! It’s important so we’ll go over it again.
The answer to the question above is YES! Microfiber mops are made to be washed, sanitized, dried and reused. Microfiber mops originally gained popularity in hospitals in Europe. In this setting microfiber mops are washed, sanitized and dried daily. Then they were back to work the next day. When done correctly these mops can last hundreds of washings. The microfiber mop pads can absolutely be sanitized, the question is what is the best way to do it. The CDC recommends that hospitals wash contaminated textiles with detergent in water at 160° for 25 minutes. Unless you have a commercial boiler at home, you probably don’t have the ability to get water that hot. So if you’re really concerned with sanitizing your mops the easiest thing to do is to use a little bleach. Contrary to what you may have heard using a little bleach in the laundering process will not damage microfiber. There is a difference between microfiber mops (or towels) soaking in bleach while you’re cleaning and a little bleach in the wash.
The most important aspect in making microfiber towels last is how you wash them. When cared for properly microfiber towels can last hundreds of washings. There are three important rules to remember when washing microfiber:
Only wash microfiber with other microfiber. If you try to mix microfiber with other items like cotton towels you’ll find that the microfiber has picked up all the lint and fuzz that came off of the cotton towels. Once the microfiber has picked up lint it’s really difficult to pick it off, it essentially ruins the towel. The only way to prevent this is to keep your microfiber separate from the rest of your laundry.
Do not use fabric softeners with microfiber. Softeners will clog the microscopic pores in microfiber and will destroy their ability to absorb. This will make your microfiber towels nothing more than a soft cloth good for polishing and not much else. It will ruin their effectiveness as a cleaner. One thing you may not realize is that most laundry detergents contain softeners; because of this we recommend our Free and Clear Microfiber Detergent. It doesn’t contain any softeners, nor does it contain any optical brighteners or scent.
Don’t dry microfiber under high heat. The best way to dry your microfiber towels is to let them air dry however for most people that’s not an option. If you can’t air dry it’s best to dry microfiber towels under low heat or no heat. The good news is microfiber dries very quickly, you’ll find that microfiber towels under no heat don’t take any more time to dry than cotton towels under high heat.
Want to know how to get scuff marks off of hardwood floors? Use microfiber! In the video below we show you how easily you can remover scuff marks from hardwood floors, from laminate floors and from tile floors. With a dry microfiber towel we remove scuff marks from hardwood floors, then we used a microfiber scrubber mop that was made damp with just warm water to remove more scuff marks.
In just a few seconds and with very little effort the scuff marks are gone!
We just posted a new video showcasing our amazing microfiber duster. This thing is really cool, you can dust just about anything with it including ceiling fans, banisters, behind and under furniture. It accepts any Acme threaded handle (like a handle for a paint roller etc.) including our Aluminum Threaded Handle. We get lots of comments from our customers, especially house cleaners and cleaning contractors, about how versatile the duster is and how much the like it.
Last week I was surprised to find myself cleaning with microfiber while on vacation. My family and I were on the Big Island of Hawaii and a couple of jobs came up that only microfiber could handle.
A few years ago I sent my mother in law a Microfiber Mop System. She never used it. She has her own method of cleaning her laminate floors and who am I to try to convince her that there’s a better way, it’s my mother in law after all. My wife often accuses me of preaching the benefits of microfiber too much anyway.
We were on the Big Island to help with my niece’s first birthday party which is a big deal over there. A large banquet hall was used for the party and the day after it was our job to clean it up. Years ago me and my wife’s wedding reception was also at this hall so it has special meaning to me and I wanted to make sure it got clean. I had the option of using a stinky old looped end mop or getting the microfiber mop system that I gave to my mother in law (their house is just a few miles from the hall). Naturally, I chose the microfiber. The hall is probably about 6000 square feet of sealed concrete floors. I was armed only with an 18” Trapezoid Tool, a 20” Microfiber Dust Mop Pad and two 20” Microfiber Wet Pads. That’s not nearly enough microfiber to clean that much area, but I made do.
First I used the dust mop pad to dust the entire floor. The dust pad quickly became saturated with dust and dirt and since I only had one of them I had to take a broom and scrape it clean so I could reuse the pad. In order to make sure I was covering the entire floor I used the seams in the concrete to divide up the space into manageable sections. Then I took two regular mop buckets and filled them both up with hot water. In one bucket I added some Pine Sol for the fresh clean smell more than anything. Since I only had two wet mop pads I knew I was going to have to rinse them often. I would soak the mop pads in the cleaning solution, wring it out by hand then mop as much of the section as I could. Once the pad dried out I’d toss it into the rinse bucket and repeat with the clean mop. Then I would dunk both mops in and out of the rinse bucket until they came clean. The mops would then go back into the cleaning solution. When I was finished the floor was spotless, probably cleaner than it has been in years.
The next use for microfiber came when we rented a condo at the beach. We shared it with my sister in law, her husband and their one year old. I have a 10 month old little girl and it only took a few minutes of crawling around on the tile floor for her to find a clump of hair a previous renter left behind. I immediately called my sister in law who was still at the in-laws house to ask her to bring me the microfiber mop system. Once they arrived I quickly went to work and within 5 minutes I had the floor clean enough for my daughter and niece to explore.
Check out our new video showing how to mop with microfiber. In the video we show you how to use both a microfiber dust mop and a microfiber wet mop in a home. The video shows how maneuverable our microfiber mop tools are and how quick and easy it is to mop with microfiber. You might find it interesting if you’re new to microfiber and not quite sure how to get started.
Incidentally the mops we used in this video are at least 5 years old and have been laundered about 125 times. They’re holding up pretty well and still work great.
Not all microfiber towels are created equal. We collected microfiber towels from Walmart, Target and K-Mart. They’re “all purpose” type terry microfiber towels. We wanted to compare them to our 16″x16″ All Purpose Microfiber Towel. We put the towels through three tests; a touch test in which we compared how the towels felt to the touch, a weigh test and an absorbency test. We made a video of the test:
Clearly our towel performed the best. Keep this in mind the next time you see microfiber towels available at a retail store. Are they as absorbent? Will they grab and hold as much? Are they as heavy? Will they last as long?