Although microfiber cleaning equipment is more durable and hardwearing than some other materials out there, it is not indestructible and requires specific care in order to get the most mileage out of it. The following tips and advice will be particularly helpful to cleaning services providers who have made a full switch to microfiber cleaning equipment. Microfiber will be damaged irreversibly by exposure to chlorine and bleach. The flexibility and absorption properties of the material will be literally burnt away by such chemicals.
Fabric softeners are the other big enemy of microfiber. Fabric softeners usually contain a decent amount of silicone. Silicone clogs the spaces between the microfiber strands and reduces its electrostatic properties i.e. the cloth or pad will not pick up dust and dirt as effectively. Silicone also tends to build up in microfiber thus reducing its flexibility and overall cleaning power. Extreme heat will definitely damage microfiber, but cleaners like Cleaners Putney probably know this already. There are also visual signs that give good indication as to whether or not microfiber cleaning equipment is deteriorating and due for replacement. When inspecting microfiber cleaning pads for damage, look at the back side of the pad and check if the Velcro is in good nick. If the Velcro backing is stuffed with lint and fibres, or has lost its sticking properties due to dry heat i.e. it has become untangled and scruffy then chances are that particular cleaning pad is to be replaced with new one. Microfiber mops and dust mops usually withstand more beating than cloths but they too fall victim to wear and tear eventually.
Damage is usually displayed by fraying around edges, also fringes of the cleaning pad will begin to come apart. Usually, microfiber itself outlasts the other materials and components used in making the particular piece of equipment. In order to get the most use and cost efficiency out of microfiber, professional cleaners should simply go for quality products. Indeed, good quality microfiber will cost more, but the returns on the investment are not to be ignored.
Generally, a microfiber piece of cleaning equipment of good quality should contain either percent polyester and twenty percent polyamide, or seventy percent to thirty percent respectively. Cleaning services providers who are looking to purchase the most suitable type of microfiber should look at characteristics like number of wash cycles, wear resistance cycles, abrasiveness factor, water absorbency as well as water release.