Doodlebugs and Microfibres: The Cutting Edge of Cleaning Innovation.
Microfibre has said to be the most significant innovation in the cleaning industry over the last hundred years, as not only has it consistently proven to be able to reduce time and energy spent on some tasks, but it’s also much more environmentally friendly than other products that are used. This is because the microfibre products do not require chemicals to help them clean.
Research has also shown that by using this kind of technology, back, shoulder and elbow injuries can be reduced in cleaners. Hence, these products also provide better quality conditions for those who work in the hard commercial office cleaning world.
So what exactly is a microfibre? Usually, they are often found in kits that clean electrical goods, but when it comes to cleaning surfaces, microfibre cloths provide quick and easy ways of cleaning. These clothes look and feel relatively similar to regular cloths, but microfibre is currently leaps and bounds above basic cloths.
The major difference between these kinds of cloths is that in a microfibre cloth, the strands are so small that the human eye struggles to see them. This allows for greater quality cleaning.
Microfibre is a synthetic fibre that is made up of a blend of polyamide and polyester, and even sometimes nylon. When these materials are used together to form a single strand, they create an effective material for cleaning. These bundles are split into ultra-fine fibre using heat, agitation and a number of chemicals. This technology-based way of creating this new material is one of the biggest advancements in the industry, and has created a product that office cleaners would struggle to work without.
Of course, the environmental benefit of microfibre is important to cleaning management companies – but in reference to the NHS, microfibre is a key tool. Health care facilities have quickly taken to this technology, given that previously mops, chemicals and water would have to be changed when cleaning every room to avoid cross contamination. With microfibre, these requirements are not hard to meet.
Although many departments can benefit from microfibre, health care facilities have been quick to embrace this newer technology. In an effort to reduce cross contamination between patient rooms, some state laws in the US require that housekeeping department’s change out the mop and/or chemicals and water after every room. Using microfibre flat mops, this requirement isn’t difficult to meet. This is because microfibre material can be used in mops to make them more light weight and portable – meaning more than one mop can be carried at once. In turn this means that cleaning work can be performed much faster and efficiently, without having a negative effect on the quality of the work.
The Doodlebug is also used often in the cleaning industry, though perhaps not as much as microfibre. It’s a technological advancement in the industry and popular, and are usually sold in kits. These kits include the doodlebug scrub/strip pad, a pad holder, and rougher doodlebug scrub pads for harder jobs like removing wax or cleaning floor edges.