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Published on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What is Microfiber?


Microfiber is no new invention - you've probably heard already about the wide variety of products offered in microfiber materials like microfiber towels, mops, and even bed sheets. But with the vast array of products available in a mass of materials, are you left questioning what the difference is between microfiber cloth and its cotton counterparts? Which material is better?

While we cannot vouch for microfiber's use in bed sheets, we know the difference it has made in the cleaning world is significant. Both durable and long-lasting, microfiber cloth outcompetes its standard cloth competitors in picking up dirt and dust.

But what is microfiber cloth and why is it so much better than other cleaning cloth materials?

What is microfiber?
The materials that make up microfiber cloth and the way it is manufactured is what makes microfiber so much more ambitious than the standard cloth used in towels and mops. Microfiber cloth comes from polyester and polyamide fibers (think plastic) which are split into extremely thin threads (the size of 1/16 the diameter of a strand of human hair) and are then woven together.

What is microfiber cloth used for?
While its use in bed linens is a rising subject of conversation, the most significant use of microfiber cloth is its ability to get surfaces and floors not just looking clean, but actually rid of the bacteria and contamination that its competitors struggle to eradicate. Interestingly, microfiber can remove 99% of bacteria, compared to the 30% that conventional supplies can expel.

Microfiber cloth is a much better cleaning tool because:

1. The surface area of a microfiber cloth is much different than that of other types of supplies. Because it is tightly woven with very small threads, microfiber can get into cracks and areas that normal cloth can't reach, giving microfiber much greater cleaning abilities.

2. Most towels and mops ultimately just spread dirt, dust and other raised particles. Microfiber cloth produces static electricity, which allows the material to actually pick up the dirt and dust, leaving the area much cleaner.

3. Microfiber cloth is much more absorbent than its standard cloth counterparts. Fun fact: microfiber cloth can hold six times its own weight in fluid. So, if there is a spill, would you rather use microfiber cloth or supplies that are not going to fully get the job done?

4. The plastic that microfiber cloths are made of make the supply much stronger and durable than other types of cloth. Because of its strength, it has a much longer lifespan and can withstand the tough task of disinfection.

5. Microfiber cloth also gets clean and dry much quicker than other products. In fact, the process of cleaning and drying a microfiber mop is about three times faster than the materials traditional mops are made of.

In other words, microfiber gets the job done, lasts longer, and is quick to clean and dry.

Whether you're in the restaurant industry and need microfiber towels or you're in the medical industry and need microfiber wet mops, handles and buckets, Dempsey has the supplies for you. At Dempsey, we offer microfiber towels and mops for all your cleaning needs.

While microfiber cloth may be quick to clean and dry, one common issue when individuals purchase microfiber materials is that they get damaged in the process. This ruins the fibers and shortens the lifespan of the product. While microfiber is more durable than standard supplies, just like any other material, it has specific cleaning requirements. Therefore, leave it to professionals to clean your microfiber materials. At Dempsey, not only do we provide high-quality microfiber towels and mops, but we also offer rental services so you can leave the cleaning of your microfiber cloth up to us.

Contact us today at 877-336-7743 to learn more about the microfiber advantage and get started with a more effective janitorial program today.
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