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Microfiber has undoubtedly become part of our daily life. Its benefits are so clear that we can’t no longer do without it during our cleaning activities.
However, nobody really seems to be aware of when and where this extraordinary tissue was invented.
Some claim that the Japanese came up with it during the mid 1970s, others claim that it was introduced in England around 1986. Instead, it is certain that Sweden started marketing the first microfiber back in 1990.
It seems that the real development of the microfiber concept was made about thirty years ago by the Japanese. Looking for a new cloth for women’s sportswear, especially for swimwear, they developed a lightweight fabric that should have been both pleasing and comfortable.
Despite the good intentions at the time, this spectacular invention ended up being a huge failure! The microfiber swimsuits absorbed water and moisture, making them very heavy and uncomfortable when wet. Although the tissue was extremely conformable, the contraindications resulting from the wet condition made the microfiber swimsuit totally unusable.
About ten years later, European scientists resumed the product, realizing that, with appropriate changes, it could be extremely useful for cleaning. The fabric was then refined, beginning the trade of microfiber in the professional cleaning sector around 2001.
What is microfiber?
Microfiber is a synthetic and extremely thin textile of cutting edge technology, with 1/100 the thickness of human hair (diameter 1 micrometer = 1/1,000,000m). Made from polyester and polyamide, microfiber fabric is able to pick up microscopic dirt much easier than any other cloth and with high detergency.
Microfiber material has an excellent moisture absorbing power. Its absorptive capacity is much quicker than general cotton products, for instance, since the microfiber fine pores absorb water rapidly like a sponge.
Microfiber products are also positively charged, so that they attract negatively charged dirt and grease. These microfiber features allow you to clean surfaces and remove contaminants and harmful substances without chemical detergents, preserving the environment and protecting human skin at the same time.
Benefits of microfiber cloths
Microfiber is a highly functional cleaner with the ability to get rid of dirt, dust, moisture, and contaminants from glasses, windows and furniture. It is extremely effective, even in removing micro dirt without using detergents. Microfiber is high-performing and extremely hygienic on sanitary ware, kitchen surfaces and utensils.
High absorption power
Due to the finest capillary pores of microfiber products, microfiber can absorb large amounts of water at a rapid pace. Moreover, the microfiber has a high drying rate, enabling a continuing and easy use.
With its extreme lightness and strong cleaning ability, the constant use of microfiber helps to save both time and labour. In addition, microfiber mops allow users to save on cleaning costs as they are reusable and long lasting. In fact, microfiber lasts longer than cotton and can be washed hundreds of times before losing all its effectiveness, which is an excellent quality/price ratio.
Attention to the environment
Microfiber products reduce exposure to chemicals in all environments and reduce pollution from cleaning chemicals. Since they are made of synthetic fibres and are untreated with chemicals, their fabric is safer, longer lasting and produces less waste than traditional products on the market.
Microfiber products are so efficient and well-performing that they can be used for all cleaning applications in all environments.
Healthcare facilities, for instance, have immediately adopted this pioneering technology. With the purpose of reducing cross contamination between patient rooms, national legislation requires that cleaners change out the mops and/or chemicals and water used for each room. This requirement isn’t difficult to meet with microfiber mops.
Through flat mops, smaller and lighter than traditional string mops, absorbing much more water, cleaning operations are eased. It is possible to carry more mops on trolleys so that they can be easily changed among rooms. It has also been proven that pushing and lifting frames equipped with light flat mops sensibly reduce the risks of worker injuries.
Flat mops can then be used to clean floors, walls and ceilings, while smaller microfiber cloths and mitts have been developed for limited size surfaces such as counters, windows, mirrors and furniture and sanitary ware.
The versatility of microfiber cloth has allowed the manufacturers to expand their product line by including microfiber scrubbers for floors cleaning and softer cloths for delicate surfaces.
Our microfibers range, recently widened and improved, includes microfibers mops for any kind of demand. Share with us your surface cleaning problem and we give you the right solution.
Our Shark mop for instance, is really a multi-purpose valuable tool. It is made of a special microfiber textile weave in relief, combined with polyurethane. Specially recommended for the HORECA sector, it is able to absorb liquids and dirt quickly, collect grease and organic residues.
The new Deep Snow is a microfiber particularly suitable for washing since it is mixed with medium pile. The excellence degree of smoothness and the high absorbing power grant an effective cleaning result in the retention and removal of dirt.
Only Scrub is the black abrasive microfiber designed to remove encrusted and stubborn dirt from rough floors or relief surfaces. It is suitable for the deep cleaning of anti-slip floors in kitchens and bathrooms, shower areas in hospital rooms.
Re-Mop is the unique mop made of yarn certified Global Recycled Standard (GRS). It is a 100% recycled polyester yarn produced from post-consumer and is ideal to capture and hold more dirt inside its structure, preventing dirt dispersion. IPC recommends using this innovative mop with the pre-impregnated systems.
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