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Microfibre Cleaning

What is microfibre?

Microfibre needs to be finer than 1/100th of a human hair to be classified as microfibre.

Why do you only use water with microfibre products?

The large majority of chemicals such as bleach, vinegar and disinfectant cleaners will ruin the fibres on you microfibre product.

Dry or damp cleaning with microfibre?

Microfibre can be used either way. “Used dry, the fibre uses electrostatic to attract the dirt. Used damp, the water will help to dissolve the dirt”.

What is damp?

Too wet and you loose the grip and the product becomes ineffective. There is a fine balance between the two. Correct training is required to use a damp product.

How do you launder microfibre?

To effectively re-use microfibre cloths, they must be laundered by washing at a high temperature range between 71 to 80 degrees celsius. The fibres only release their absorbed dirt at high temperatures.

Laundry detergent is also important. Bleaches, fabric softeners and some detergents actually coat the fibres and reduce their cleaning capabilities.

How do you wipe a bench with a microfibre cloth?

You must not use the same surface of a microfibre cloth for more than a couple of square metres. To use the cloth to its maximum involves folding the cloth in half and in half again. This will give you eight cleaning surfaces that have to be swapped every few minutes or square metres.

Information from Inclean Magazine Vol 27 by James Smith, Waikato and Taranaki territory manager for Sealed Air/Diversey Care New Zealand.

Disclaimer clause NOTE: This information is provided to assist customers of Innisfail Chemex. This information is believed to be accurate but Innisfail Chemex gives no warranty, express or implied, with respect to such information and disclaims any responsibility or liability whatsoever in connection with the information supplied.

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