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Aren’t All Microfibre Cloths The Same?

Find Out How Microfibre Cloth Works on Different Surfaces

Did you know microfibre cloths can remove 99% of harmful bacteria? Compare that to a conventional cloth, which reduces bacteria by a mere 33%. With the addition of water, you can clean most surfaces without using harmful chemicals. Time to say goodbye to sponges and paper towels! A high-quality microfibre towel can be used hundreds of times, unlike disposable cleaning cloths.

Not only does it save you money, microfibre cleaning cloths also outlast other cleaning cloths. First created in the 1950’s, and developed further in the 1970’s, microfibre began to find its way into the mainstream by the early 1990’s. Today, professional cleaners are using microfibre material more than ever.

What are the Different Types of Microfibre?microfibre cleaning cloths

Over the years various manufacturers have developed specific microfibre products for particular tasks ranging from scrubbing floors and dusting, to cleaning hard surfaces like wood, tile, glass, and stainless steel. These products range from split, to non-split fibre. While high-quality fibre is split during the manufacturing process to produce multi-stranded fibres, non-split is typically disposable or for limited use. While bargain microfibre can have approximately 50,000 fibres per square inch, superior microfibre cloths can have more than 3.1 million fibres per square inch. The difference in quality and longevity can go from 50 washes to 300 washes! 

  • How to tell if it’s split or non-split fibre product: Pour a small amount of water on a surface. If the cloth pushes instead of absorbing water, it’s non-split microfibre. You can also run the cloth over your hand. If it clings to your hand it’s split microfibre.

Typically, microfibre cleaning cloths can be made of 100% polyester or a combination of polyester and polyamide (nylon). The shape, size, and combination of fibres are created for certain characteristics such as: softness, toughness, absorption, water repellency, electrostatics, and filtering ability.

  • Microfibre can be used to make mats, knits, weaves, apparel, upholstery, and industrial filters. 
  • Microfibre is useful for making wallets, handbags, book covers, shoes, cell phone cases and coin purses. It’s lightweight, durability and water repellency make for an ideal leather substitute. 

But how does it work? One strand of microfibre is about 1/5 the diameter of a human hair. These millions of split fibres all help lift and hold dirt, grease, grime, liquids, and bacteria. The fibres include positive-charged polyester and negative-charged nylon that helps attract and sweep away whatever is on the surface.

Unlike cotton, microfibre will leave zero lint behind. Think of microfibre as a million little fingers that work together to pick up debris from various surfaces around your building.

 How to Use Microfibre Cleaning Cloths on Surfaces

When dusting surfaces, be sure to keep the cloth dry. That will maximize the amount of debris that gets lifted up. For other chores, dampen the cloth to wipe surfaces clean.

Try using one section of a cloth at a time. Here’s a little tip: fold the cloth in half, then in half again. This gives you 8 total surfaces for cleaning (4 on each side of the cloth). When the cloth section begins to leave dirt or lint, refold the cloth to a fresh section.

Things to Keep in Mind About Microfibre Cleaning Cloths

  • Microfibres are antibacterial but are not antiviral.
  • Split microfibre cloths are your best choice for effective cleaning. Since it can hold up to 8 times its weight in water, this makes it very helpful during messy cleanups like cleaning spilled food off of countertops. It also leaves a streak-free finish, which is perfect for greasy fingerprints and cleaning the stovetop with no streak residue.
  • Non-split microfibre is basically a soft cloth. These are typically used for facial cleansing, as well as removal of skin oils, sunscreens, and mosquito repellents from optical surfaces such as cameras, phones, and eyeglasses. They effectively remove the oils without smearing. 
  • While microfibre can clean most surfaces, it can be unsuitable for some high-tech coated surfaces such as television screens. 

How to Clean Microfibre Products

One of the many benefits of microfibre cloths is that they’re machine washable. For best results, you should wash your microfiber cloths after every use. Between machine washes, you can easily rinse the cloth in warm to hot running water for about 10 to 15 seconds to flush out the accumulated dirt. 

If the microfibre towel is extra grimy, keep washing until the water begins to run clear. Once rinsed, it’s ready for use again.

Tips for Cleaning Microfibre Towels and Products

  • Always use regular detergent, and don’t use bleach or fabric softener. The bleach can potentially damage fibres, and the softener can clog the fibres. 
  • If cloths have become ineffective or start to smell, simply boil them in water with a ¼ cup of baking soda for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Always follow proper drying instructions. Some products have specific instructions for care.

You might ask, what about potential microfibres being washed and released into the environment? You can purchase special fibre-trapping balls and washing machine filters as a perfect solution.

Why use Microfibre Cloths?

Microfibre towels and cloths are vastly more hygienic than conventional cloths and can help you to avoid using expensive and harmful cleaning products too. While cleaning solutions do break down some dirt and grime, dirt can be missed and chemical residue can be left behind. 

These same cleaning products can cause potential allergic reactions in people and animals. Chemical cleaners can also drain into our rivers and seas, creating water pollution. 

Quality cloths made from microfibre are much more beneficial and cost-effective in the long run. They can be used on countertops, windows, metal, baseboards, any bathroom surface, and various electronics. Make the switch to microfibres today!

Mayfair Building Services Ltd. offers expert janitorial services with over 30 years of experience, available in the Greater Vancouver Area. Whether you need a one-time, daily, weekly or monthly deep clean, carpet clean, window washing and anything else involving clean, we can help. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment.

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What is an Eco-Friendly Cleaning Company?

How Green Cleaning is Changing the Commercial Cleaning Industry

Eco-friendly cleaning practices are in demand for all types of commercial worksites. At Mayfair Building Services, we provide commercial cleaning for British Columbia businesses ranging from office cleaning to heavy-duty industrial cleaning.

“Green cleaning is arguably the No. 1 trend in the cleaning industry.”- The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. 

An eco-friendly cleaning company is one that uses eco-friendly materials and natural cleaning products. How “green” you want to be can vary depending on your preferences. Some of our clients prefer to have only environmentally friendly products in use on their worksite. Other clients may want to substitute a few “green” cleaning products in place of cleaners made with harmful chemicals. This might be done in specific areas, like workstations that can benefit from daily hands-on cleaning using non-toxic, environmentally friendly products.

Why Choose Eco-Friendly Cleaning?

There are so many great reasons to choose an eco-friendly cleaning company or a company that utilizes these products. The number one reason – it’s safer. It’s safer for our employees and for your employees, who might be sensitive to harsh chemicals found in chemical cleaners.

Commercial janitorial services have traditionally been an industry where there has been a reliance on heavy-duty chemical-based cleaners. However, as cleaning products with biodegradable formulas have evolved, the use of green cleaners is becoming more common. 

According to cleanlink.com, “The demand for using green products for cleaning is increasing through to 2021 (and) manufacturers of cleaning products for industries and institutions have adhered to the changing societal demands and have started using bio-based ingredients, innovating cleaning products that require less or no water with eco-friendly and recyclable packaging.”

Today, it can be used for all methods of cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting in just about any environment.

Many of our clients request our green cleaning service because it gives them peace of mind. Using eco-friendly cleaning products and practices means that:

  • No potentially harmful products are coming into their workplace
  • Usage of petroleum-derived cleaners is reduced or eliminated
  • Their employees are not exposed to the synthetic fragrance added to many cleaning products (a common irritant)
  • They are doing good for the environment by creating less waste, choosing biodegradable products and encouraging practices that use less water
  • They are helping to protect workers’ respiratory health with the use of HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration systems
  • They are helping to protect Mayfair’s employees from prolonged and repeated exposure to VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) found in many solvents
  • They are helping to reduce waste. Many eco-friendly cleaning products have great refill options for spray bottles, refill pods and more. This means there is less plastic waste being sent to landfills. 
  • They are actively helping to reduce the impact to the environment

Examples of Eco-Friendly Products

When thinking of eco-friendly products, some people might automatically think of cleaning with vinegar and half of a lemon. Others might think of the green cleaning products you might find on the shelf at the grocery store. In the case of eco-friendly cleaners for commercial businesses, the products are much different. Though they are controlled and safety tested, these types of solvents are still extraordinarily strong cleaners just like their toxic counterparts. Because of this, they still need to be carefully mixed and measured by a trained professional.ecologo eco-friendly cleaning products

At Mayfair Building Services, we use Dustbane EcoLogo certified products including degreasers, disinfectants, all-purpose cleaners formulated with plant-derived ingredients and more.

We also use high-quality green label certified commercial vacuums with top-of-the-line HEPA filters, eco-friendly microfibre cloths and mops and much more.

Microfibre cloths and mops are extremely effective for removing high amounts of oil and dirt from surfaces, with minimal water needed. After all, saving water is another great way to protect the environment.

How Do Eco-Friendly Cleaners Work?

Early natural cleaners were ineffective at best, and not suited for commercial cleaning. Today, eco-friendly formulas can easily power through the toughest grease and grime, while eliminating harmful bacteria. The enzymes in these new “green” cleaners work by eating away at bacteria. Today’s eco-friendly cleaners have evolved to become some of the most powerful germ and dirt fighters on the market today.

Benefits of eco-friendly cleaners:

  • Free of caustic ingredients
  • Non-corrosive
  • Non-flammable
  • Non-fuming
  • Petroleum free
  • Chlorine free
  • Ammonia free
  • Phosphate free
  • Free of dangerous acids

Apart from using these non-toxic cleaning products formulated with natural ingredients, green cleaning also applies to the equipment and procedures used.

At Mayfair, our WHMIS-trained employees use specific cleaning procedures and equipment specially designed for use with eco-friendly solvents. Altogether, our green cleaning practices help ensure that we’re maintaining a minimal carbon footprint within your workspace.

How Much Does Eco-Friendly Cleaning Cost?

Eco-friendly cleaning is generally more of an investment than traditional chemical-based cleaning. This is because the products themselves cost more and cleaning takes place daily on high-touch surfaces.

This more frequent cleaning routine increases labour costs and the amount of these more expensive cleaners. However, the daily cleaning required with an eco-friendly cleaning regime ensures that the traditionally dirtiest or germiest places in the office are also bacteria-free and sparkling clean.

Choose Mayfair Building Services for Skilled Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services

At Mayfair, we ensure our cleaning staff are fully trained on every aspect of their job, including eco-friendly cleaning practices. Our cleaners and janitors are fully trained in WHMIS to ensure the proper handling of cleaners. They’re also extensively trained in the use of commercial cleaning equipment.

We provide regular inspections and supervision for our clients to ensure services are up to our high standards. Many of our staff have been with us for a long time over our 30 years in business. That track record of mutual trust has led to long contracts with some of Vancouver’s top companies in a wide variety of sectors.

Eco-friendly cleaning is here to stay. If you’ve been curious about how you can make the switch to a “greener” approach to cleanliness in your business, we can get you started. Serving the Greater Vancouver areas of Burnaby, Coquitlam, Langley, Surrey and White Rock, we are happy to work with you to create a schedule that meets both your cleaning requirements and budget. Need daily, weekly, monthly or occasional cleaning services? Contact us today to get started.