Microfiber mops and cloths are great at removing bacteria from floors and surfaces. However, microfiber doesn’t kill the germs. It just traps them. You have to clean your microfiber cleaning tools regularly to make sure the bacteria are gone for good. Here are a few tips for proper microfiber maintenance.
- Don’t wash microfiber with other materials – One of the things that makes microfiber so effective for cleaning is that the material is negatively charged. However, that means you may not get your microfiber clean if you wash it with other materials. It may just attract dirt and lint from the rest of your laundry.
- No fabric softener! – Fabric softeners make microfiber less effective because they contain oils that will clog up your microfiber cloths and cause them to be less absorbent.
- No bleach! – Your microfiber cloths will not last as long if you bleach them.
- Use a short drying cycle – Microfiber dries quickly. It is one of the reasons bacteria have trouble growing on the material. Therefore, you don’t need to leave it in the dryer very long. You may even decide to hang dry your microfiber cloths to extend their lifespan even further.
- Clean after every use – Microfiber cloths suck up all that bacteria, so you can’t reuse them until you clean them. Another great idea is to color-code your cloths, so you always use them in the same area. For example, use red for high bacteria areas like a toilet bowl and white ones for safer areas like windows.