As an environmentally friendly cleaning company, we value products and tools that minimise their impact on the world around us.
We have a policy of trying to ensure as little goes to landfill as possible for the house clearances we do, but another environmentally friendly tip that we recommend is that you don’t use disposable products to help you clean, wash and polish your home.
The microfibre cloth is a great example of an under-rated product that can be used in multiple ways times and time again.
How are microfibre cloths made? Microfibre is a synthetic material. It’s made of tiny strands that are smaller than strands of silk as the diameter is less than 10 micrometres (denier). When it is made, the fibres are split. This produces multi-stranded fibres which work with the spaces between the fibres to make them more effective at cleaning than others fabrics.
They are very soft and hold their shape well. Their structure traps and retains dirt and is great for absorbing liquids. And unlike cotton cloths, microfibre doesn’t leave behind lint—which makes them perfect for polishing or wiping windows to leave them smear-free.
Microfibre cloths used for cleaning tend to be the ones made from split microfibres. Ones that aren’t split are very soft cloths that are often used as spectacle cleaning cloths or facial cleaners as they remove grease and oils. Other uses include to clean camera lenses and computer screens.
Less Cleaning Solution Needed
Another benefit of microfibre cloths is they reduce your use of cleaning solutions because they are so effective. A good example is windows. If you use a microfibre cloth, you might need little if any cleaning product. Water and the cloth will do the job. They are also brilliant for polishing jobs as do not leave lint behind and they attract dust better than any other fabric.
A microfibre cloth can hold up to eight times its weight in water—so much more effective for soaking up spills that kitchen paper that you need to throw away afterwards.
You can use microfibre cloths wet or dry. It’s important to use a clean cloth for each cleaning job. Because they are so good at attracting dirt and dust, they do pick up grit so a dirty cloth can scratch a delicate surface.
To wash the cloth, use washing up liquid or powder. Do not use fabric softeners as the oils in them will clog up the fibres of the cloth and stop them working as effectively. It’s wise to wash them on their own too, rather than with other fabrics such as towels because the cloth will pick up lint from those fabrics and smear this all over your surfaces when you use them next.
Microfibre cloths aren’t the only long-lasting cleaning cloth you can use. Old-fashioned torn up sheets and towels make great work of polishing, wiping and cleaning without the need to buy brand-new products.