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Can microfibre really remove 99.9% of bacteria?

By October 26, 2020January 18th, 2021No Comments

Want your surfaces free from bacteria? Want your floors to look spick and span? No problem! We’ve got you covered with the ultimate life saver; Microfibre! You must have heard that it removes more than 99% of bacteria. Does it really though? Indeed it does! We know what you’re thinking…but how?

Let’s give you the lowdown of how microfibre really works.

First things first; let’s give you a good definition of what microfibre really is. In short, microfibre is made from polyester and nylon fibres. Since these fibres are chemically split during the manufacturing stage, this allows them to change their shape, giving them more surface area and allowing them to act like little shovels scooping up surface contaminants.

Essentially, microfibre is like a magnet that attracts negatively charged dust. In fact, it doesn’t just pick up microscopic materials, but it is also able to effectively store them, unlike many cotton towels.

So, how does microfibre really remove bacteria? The reason as to why microfibre serves as a premium cleaning tool is because it is able to get through the cracks and difficult surfaces that standard cloths aren’t able to reach.

No need for fancy detergents with Vileda; all you need is some soap and water, and our trusty mops and cloths!

Ultimately, it’s the water that helps fibres loosen to physically pick up dirt and indeed remove over 99% of bacteria of household bacteria, including E.coli and Staph. Aeurus, from prefinished hardwood floors and ceramic tiles. The best part is you don’t have to resort to harsh chemicals!

Additionally, there are other ways in which you can truly get the best out of your microfibre products. While best combined with water, it can be used with cleaning agents or dry. The important thing is to properly wash your microfibre after use to ensure that you’re not spreading bacteria around!

Not convinced that you can just use soap and water with microfibre? Here are some more benefits of microfibre as highlighted by the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington:

It’s been highlighted that microfibre does a better job than cotton. Let’s look at an example. The University of California, Davis Medical Centre analysed the bacteria picked up by a cotton-loop mop and a microfibre mop. The former removed the amount of bacteria on floors by 30%, whilst the latter removed 99.2% of bacteria. We can all agree on who’s the real winner here.

Not to blow our own horn, but Vileda does have some of the best microfibre products on the market! In fact, we have a plethora of coloured mops and cloths that you can use for specific purposes. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t be using the bathroom cloth for your kitchen sink. The solution? An effective colour-coded system!

The University of Massachusetts Lowell conducted a study which investigated the use of water and chemicals with microfibre. The results showed that since microfibre mops use less water and chemicals, it ultimately reduced the amount completely. It also eliminated the need for manufacturers to wring the cotton mops that can result in injuries.

To wrap this up, we can all agree that microfibre truly does the job. Bacteria doesn’t stand a chance with Vileda!