Who'd have thought there'd be a better way to scrub things clean than using good old soap and water?
If you've tried the latest microfibre cleaning cloths, you'll know that technology really can make life easier. Not only are these cloths more hygienic, they avoid the need for expensive (and often harmful) detergents and they get things looking much cleaner in a lot less time. It's not magic - it's science.
Let's find out how these little beauties’ work!
Water is pretty good at cleaning most things all by itself. That's because its molecules have two very different ends. They're electrically unbalanced, so they stick to all kinds of things (including lumps of dirt) like tiny magnets and break them apart.
Water is sometimes called a universal solvent because it can dissolve so many different things. Where water alone can't help, you can turn to a detergent (a soapy chemical that clings to dirt and grease, breaks it apart, and makes it easier for water molecules to flush it away).
However, some people don't like using detergents. They can be expensive and sometimes they can cause allergic reactions and skin complaints. Some people also worry that overusing detergents and cleaning agents - in an effort to make our homes cleaner and more hygienic - is undermining the way our bodies' immune systems naturally defend themselves against germs.
So if you’re someone who likes to go al naturale then the microfibre cleaning cloth is going to be your new best friend.
What's different about a microfibre cloth?
Suppose you want to clean a large, dirty wall as quickly and thoroughly as you can. You could use a toothbrush, but it would take you forever. So probably you'd opt to use the biggest brush with the most bristles you can find. Now scale the problem down. If you want to clean a worktop really well, what's the best thing to use? You can't use a gigantic brush or even a huge cloth, but you can achieve the same effect by using a cloth that packs more punch into the same cleaning area.
An ordinary cleaning cloth has fibres made of cotton or a synthetic material such as nylon. But a microfibre cloth has far more fibres and they're much smaller. If "many hands make light work", so do many fingers - or many micro-fibres.
Why do smaller fibres clean better?
Microfibres are able to attach themselves to even the smallest, most microscopic dirt particles - ones that normal cloth fibres (positively giant in comparison) crudely brush past. If forces were visible, you'd be able to see that there are adhesive forces (the forces of attraction) between microfibres and dirt.
There are millions of microfibres in a cloth, so the overall sticking effect is magnified dramatically. That's why dirt, dust, and other stuff can be "hoovered up" by microfibre cloths. And it's also why you have to clean microfibre clothes very thoroughly after you've used them.
What's the best way to use microfibre cloths?
You'll need to experiment! The first time you use one, force of habit will probably make you soak it with water and add loads of soap as well - both of which will reduce the cloth's effectiveness. You’ll find the best way to use these cloths is with as little water as possible.
If you're cleaning very dirty windows, for example, use a standard cloth and soapy water to wash all the dirt off first. Then rinse them thoroughly with clean water and use a rubber squeegee to get them almost dry, and let them dry in the air for just a little longer. At this point, with hardly any water remaining on the glass, polish over with your microfibre cloth - and you'll be amazed at the smear-free, sparkling finish. If your windows aren't too dirty to start with, simply use the microfibre cloth by itself with a little water. You can use microfibre cloths to clean virtually any hard surface. Try them on your bathroom or kitchen surfaces and you'll be amazed at the results.
If you're still doubtful, start off with one microfibre cloth to get you started and see how you go.
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