The Cedar Rapids School District uses microfiber towels and mops to clean better and more efficiently. These cloths are made of polyester and nylon fibers that are split to be over 100 times thinner than a human hair. The fibers are left untreated, and are quite a bit lighter to carry than cotton or string mops and towels. Because there are so many fibers in a microfiber cloth, it absorbs liquids completely instead of pushing them around a surface.
Microfiber cloth is very durable, and can be used with or without detergent solution or disinfectant. Much of the dirt and germs that are cleaned possess a negative charge. Microfiber cloth has a positive change, so the dirt and germs are absorbed by the cloth. This makes cleaning much quicker and easier. Air moves through microfiber better than through cotton or string, so they dry in almost half the time.
Microfiber is primarily used in the Cedar Rapids School District to dust surfaces and sweep floors. These mops and cloths can be used with disinfectant or detergent solution to more thoroughly clean surfaces as well. Microfiber doesn’t use as much detergent or disinfectant to clean surfaces as cotton towels, saving District money and resources. Each task microfiber mop head and towel is color coded for the task they are used for to prevent cross contamination.