Microfibre is a revolutionary fabric which is extremely effective for cleaning in almost every scenario imaginable. For this reason they have become the cleaning and polishing cloth of choice in all areas of the cleaning industry, replacing traditional woven cloths and dusters. They are produced in a wide-range of colours and can be used in conjunction with your own colour-coded cleaning regime.
It is a unique combination of two basic fibres:
Polyester and Polyamide, a nylon by-product. These are densely constructed fibres approximately 1/16th the width of a human hair. This network of fibres is then woven and manufactured in distinct ways, producing different varieties for a whole range of uses.
In order to be effective for cleaning and polishing, the Microfibre must be "split" during processing. This is a method of splitting the polyester (the scrubbing fibre) from the polyamide (the absorbing and quick drying fibre). Incredibly, this means they can absorb as much as seven times their own weight in liquids.
The polyester and polyamide are combined during weaving to create thousands of microscopic "loops" These "loops" form a web of hook-like claws that can reach into the tiniest nooks and crannies, scrubbing away dirt and grime while trapping it within the weave. These loops make Microfibre cloths the ideal polishing cloth as they clean and polish effectively and are in no way abrasive.
Microfibre is among the softest materials ever created, being described as 10 times finer than silk and 100 times smaller than a human hair, it is also incredibly strong. That's because "split" Microfibres contain thousands of "loops" per square inch, and high quality Microfibre cloths have upwards of 200,000 strands of fibre per square inch of material. This high density of fibres results in a fabric that is durable enough to withstand over 500 washes.
Microfibre cloths actually trap dust and dirt, and can be used with or without chemicals and are designed to be used as dry as possible in order to reduce drying time and cut down on wastage. Also, as the fibres are entirely synthetic, they will hold a static electricity charge and attract dust particles, making them ideal in areas where people are sensitive to dust or have dust allergies.
It's important not to use microfibre with strong acid's or bleach, these chemicals can attack and break down the fabric material. Its also important not to use fabric conditioner when laundering as this tends to make the fibres stick together and become much less effective.
Microfibre Cloth Applications
General multipurpose cloths
General Microfibre cleaning cloths can clean or polish almost anything. The actual fabric can be supplied as readymade cloths or on a roll, allowing it to be cut to the most appropriate size. Typically a 32cm x 32cm cloth contains 1.2 million metres of ultra-fine Microfibre. It can be used dry for dusting or you can dampen the cloth to wash surfaces. The cloth will not mark or scratch even the most polished of surfaces. The fabric can be produced in a wide range of colours that all do the same thing but will allow you to colour-code the cloths for different purposes.
These are purpose made cloths designed to make cleaning windows and bathroom tiles easier without the use of chemicals. They can be used with water for cleaning or dry for polishing, giving an excellent smear-free finish.
Optical cloths are designed specifically for cleaning small glass lenses, such as spectacles, cameras, binoculars and projectors. They are particularly effective due to the fact that they will clean efficiently without scratching the surface of the glass.
Are Microfibre cleaning mop pads that attach to poles, much in the same way as a dry mop, which we described earlier. They can be used to damp mop hard floors without the use of chemicals. They have the ability to remove stubborn marks with water alone and leave no residue, leaving a shining, clean surface that is dry within 30 seconds. Also see Which Commercial Mopping System is Right for Your Building?
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Much of the information found on this site is taken from documents commissioned by the Jangro Group