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Washing Instructions for Microfiber and Cotton Cleaning Equipment

Microfiber and Cotton Cleaning EquipmentMicrofiber cleaning equipment such as mops and cloths are washable, and they must be washed on a regular basis in order to get the most use out of them. The professional cleaners from Cleaning Services Enfield who work with microfiber cleaning equipment have shared some basic care and laundry instructions and advice that should help others maintain their microfiber rags and mops in better working condition for longer.

Microfiber can be either machine washed or hand washed. When machine washing, do not wash in water hotter than ninety degrees centigrade. Also, do not use bleach or other similar products, do not apply fabric softeners either. Bleach (even oxygenated) will shorten the lifespan of the microfiber items drastically. Fabric softeners tend to clog the pores of the material, which makes it useless.  It is absolutely crucial to wash microfiber equipment separately from any other fabrics as their lint will be sucked up by microfiber thus making it unusable.  In case of hand washing microfiber items, simply use a generous amount regular dishwashing liquid and let drip dry.

If one is looking to get the most out of their cotton mops, first and foremost piece of advice – don’t leave the mop soaked in a bucket of dirty water. This will cause rotting and the mop will develop a bad odour making it unusable for cleaning. A cotton mop can be left for a short while in clean water, but it must be wrung and dried properly. A cotton mop is best washed at the end of each cleaning session. No specific washing instructions there, but again don’t use strong bleach as it may cause hardening and brittleness of the cotton mop head after a while thus reducing its cleaning power.

Cotton mops can be machine washed with other fabrics, though not microfiber. When drying the cotton mop, it is better to spread out the mop head or untangle its strands. The drying mop should be stored in a well-ventilated area to prevent moulding. Alternatively, it can be kept in the mop bucket full of clean water. The average cotton mop will withstand anywhere from fifteen to thirty full cleaning and washing cycles before excess soiling and staining takes over the cotton strands. Professional cleaners can usually determine if a cotton mop needs replacing by the colour, structure and state of its strands – grimy, rotten strands emitting that specific musky odour are a tell-tale sign of due replacement.