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  • Developing A Microfiber Cleaning Program For Your

    Facility NCAPPA Conference

    May 13-14, 2013

  • About Your Speaker


  • Todays Agenda

    The Science of Microfiber

    Benefits of Cleaning with Microfiber

    Microfiber Cleaning Tools

    Developing a Program to Fit the Facility

    Training the Staff

    Q & A


  • 4

    What is Microfiber? According to Wikipedia,

    Microfiber or microfibre refers to synthetic fibers (fiber) that measure less

    than one denier. The most common types of microfibers are made from

    polyesters, polyamides (e.g., nylon, kevlar, nomex, trogamide), and or a

    conjugation of polyester and polyamide.

  • Different Types of Microfiber

    Un-split Monofilament


    o Made of one material:


    o Larger fiber size: 0.52 denier

    o Better cleaning efficacy

    and cleaning

    performance than cotton

    Split Blended Microfiber

    o Made of two materials

    with different properties Polyester: cleaning


    Nylon: absorbency

    o Finest fiber size: on

    average 0.13 or 0.23


    o Best cleaning efficacy, cleaning performance and absorbency


  • Split Microfiber




    Before Splitting

    Polyester and nylon are extruded together to form

    one filament

    Each filament is 2.08 denier

    After Splitting

    The alkaline environment causes polyester to separate

    from nylon

    Each filament is split into 9 or 16 micro fibers

    Each fiber measures on average 0.13 or 0.23 denier

    Chemical Process


  • Why Microfiber Cleans Better?

    Wedges and stars trap and retain dust, bacteria & mold spores

    Superior microbe removal capability

    The importance of microbe removal o Dead microbes will become food for live pathogens and allow them to proliferate if

    not removed from the surface

    Microfiber has great absorbency as the splitting process multiplies the number of strands available on the same volume and increases surface areas 40x surface area vs. regular fiber

    Microfiber attracts small particles of dust due to an efficient electric field created by polyester and nylon (only for dust mopping)


  • Why Consider Microfiber?

    Superior cleaning efficacy

    Better ergonomics

    Greener cleaning less chemicals/water

    Easy to use

    Lower cost per use vs. traditional cleaning methods

    Products for every cleaning application


    Microfiber requires less chemical and cleans better

    (99% bacterial reduction vs. 30% for string mops).

    60% lifetime cost savings for mops.

    95% reduction in chemical costs needed for mopping tasks.

    20% labor/day savings.

    2002 UC Davis Medical Center - Case Study


  • Microfiber Tools

    Ergonomic Advantages

    Weight.Wet Mop on a stick weighs approximately 8 - 12 lbs. versus

    2 4 lbs. for Microfiberapprox 70% less

    Flat mopping requires 45% less time to do the job vs. string mops.

    Mop with the same ease as applying floor finish

    Just cover the surface and let the microfiber do the work

    Much less twisting and scrubbing.

    Reduce work related injuries associated with cleaning

    back, shoulder, arm, wrist

    And.Microfiber mopping qualifies as light duty assignment

  • Microfiber vs. Traditional Mopping

    Environmentally Preferred

    Lasts Over 6x Longer for a 90% cost savings

    Reduces Chemical Usage 95%1

    Reduces Water Usage 90%1

    Improves Productivity

    Cleans 45% Faster1

    Safer for Workers

    Equipment 75% Lighter2 to reduce worker strain

    Less Exposure to Dangerous Chemicals

    Microfiber and Green Cleaning

    Note: 1- When used with the RCP Q950 Charging Bucket 2- Microfiber mop, frame & handle =3lb, String mop & handle = 12lb

  • Laundering/Durability

    High quality, traditional looped-end mop heads withstand 50-75 cycles

    Handled properly quality microfiber pads/cloths hold up over 500 cycles

    For best results. 1. Use a detergent/combination with a wash cycle pH under11

    Higher alkalinity degrades both face and backing of the pad

    2. Chlorine bleach likewise degrades the padUse oxygen bleach

    3. Do not use fabric softenerit relaxes the fibers. Rewash to recover.

    4. Launder up to 200FCDC guidelines require 165 for 25 min.

    5. Dry cool 140F maximum then immediately remove from dryer.

  • What is a Microfiber Cleaning System


    Handles and Frames

    Wet and Dry Pads

    Delivery Systems






  • Frames/Handles


    Aluminumlightweight, easy to use Durable constructionwithstands rigors of cleaning Quick connectionsaves time with assembly and changeover Selection of sizesright tool for the task Extension handleslength adjusts for height or task

  • Floor Cleaning Pads


    Selection of types and sizes Bound edgesmore durable

    Wet Mopping

    Microfiber blended padless surface resistance/friction

    Looped fiber constructionmore durable

    Dry Dusting

    100% Microfiber padmore capacity to hold dust and dirt

    Cut pile constructionmore fibers/hooks on the floor

  • Delivery Systems


    Selectionright bucket for the job

    Ergonomicsminimal physical strain in use and to empty

    No-touch pad handling or wringing

    Durable constructionholds up under repeated use

    Non-porous surfacehelps prevent growth of bacteriaeasy to clean

    Capacityoptimum amount of liquid and pads

    Juice on Board Systems

    Traditional Mop Bucket Systems

  • System Suitability by User Segment Charging Bucket System

    Juice on Board


    Pedal & Press Wring


    Break Mop

    Roller Wringer Systems

    31 Qt Tandem Bucket

    35 Qt Wave Brake DPW/ SPW

    44 Qt Wave Brake DPW/ SPW

    Heath Care X X X2 X Y Education X X Y Y Jan-San/BSC

    X X X Y Y

    Small Bus. / Retail

    X Z

    Industrial X Z Z Food Service

    X X Y

    Hospitality X X Z Floor Techs X1 X3 Z Z

    Notes: 1- With Backpack system 2- Use in OR, Intensive and Acute Care 3- Q930 Finish Bucket

    X= Microfiber Flat Mop Y= Microfiber String Mop Z= Traditional String Mop

  • Hand Cleaning


    Selection of 100% microfiber products

    Color codinghelps prevents cross- contamination

    Glass/mirror cleaning options minimizes linting

    High-pile dusting toolsmaximizes performance in high/awkward places

    Double finished edgesholds shape and withstands repeated use/launderings

  • Converting to Microfiber

    Issues Resistance to


    Training and



    w/other cleaning


    Product Selection

    by application

    Start-up Costs

    Proper pad care


    How To Address

    Professional, highly qualified sales force

    Plenty of conversion experience

    How To Printed instructions and DVD

    Totally integrated systems

    Site Surveys, Product Trials

    Breadth of Line, Integration

    Bleach/alkali resistant microfiber plus

    common terms Pad Care Guide

    Inventory Control Support

  • How to Evaluate a Microfiber Product?


    End User Needs Evaluation

    Cleaning Performance

    Whats the manufacturers claim on cleaning performance? What is the composition of face material?


    Whats the manufacturers claim on microbe removal? How fine is the microfiber? 9-split or 16-split?


    Whats the manufacturers claim on durability? Whats the material for backing? Polyester or nylon? Any foam in the middle? Are edges taped or just stitched?

    Ease of Mopping

    What is the composition of face material? If the microfiber content is too high, it could make the mop very sticky when wet

  • Making a Successful Conversion


    Get Everyone Involved

    -- Understand purchase decision makers and influencers

    -- Manufacturer, Distributor, EVS, Purchasing

    Conduct a Site Survey

    -- Identify room for improvement in the current cleaning process ie infection control, customer satisfaction, productivity, sustainability etc.

    Do Product Testing

    -- Trial should be at least two weeks with multiple users

    - Determine which products best fit applications

    -- Compare to current method on Productivity, Cleanliness,

    Implement the System