Cleaning with Microfibre...
The truth will amaze you!
Microfibre technology has been around for nearly two decades now, but it is only in recent years that it has become widely used.
What is microfibre?
Simply put, microfibre is thin fibre that is roughly 1/100th the size of a human hair. When woven into fabrics, microfibre creates a larger surface area that absorbs liquid and holds onto dust better. Because of this, microfibre fabrics clean to a higher level than other fabrics with minimal effort.
But don't be fooled by fake microfibre!
True microfibre is “Split”, a blend of two different fibres: Polyamide and Polyester. The higher the ratio of Polyamide to Polyester, the better the quality of the microfibre cloth.
How do you tell the difference between high and low quality microfibre?
Every cloth should have a tag, read the tag. Premium Grade microfibre is a blend of 50% Polyester and 50% Polyamide, good quality is usually 70% Polyester 30% Polyamide, with regular quality being 80% Polyester 20% Polyamide. If the label just says "100% Microfibre" and does not disclose the ratio of Polyester to Polyamide, it is most likely not a “Split Blend” and nothing more than just a soft cleaning cloth. These are usually the value packs, sold through department stores.
Why pay more for quality? What is the benefit?
Quality microfibre creates a safer and healthier environment, and will make cleaning easier. The advantage of using quality microfibre (minimum 20% Polyamide) over value pack microfibre is its ability to provide passive sanitation. Quality microfibre will remove the food source the bacteria need to survive, effectively cleaning and sanitising without the need for chemicals. Quality microfibre also lasts longer; upwards of 300 washes.
So check your tags - if you are using regular cleaning cloths or low grade microfibre for passive sanitation purposes, upgrade now!