When confronting germs, being equipped with the right tools is important. What’s better to have in your dirt-fighting arsenal: cotton or microfiber?
How Effective Is Cotton?
Cotton is one of the most popular, widely used cleaning fibers. It’s a readily available, cost-effective material, and its high absorbency makes it ideal for picking up liquids.
But when battling germs, absorbency does not mean effectiveness. Although it’s excellent for holding onto moisture, it’s bad at trapping soils, which is crucial when it comes to infection prevention. Cotton also has a bad habit of binding to quat-based disinfectants, one-step cleaners effective against a broad range of microorganisms, further reducing its effectiveness when used with those cleaners.
How Effective Is Microfiber?
The primary stumbling block with microfiber is its cost, which is higher than cotton. Improperly cleaned microfiber (it must be washed in warm water to effectively release trapped particles) is also more prone to scratching delicate surfaces.
In the struggle against germs, however, microfiber is the winner. It’s more effective at lifting and containing soils, thereby preventing the spread of infectious microorganisms. The synthetic fibers have built-in grooves that pick up and hold onto particles, and microfiber does not bind to quat-based cleaners.
Ensure that the cleaning company you choose to work with takes the effort to do it right by making microfiber cleaning cloths a central part of their germ-fighting arsenal.