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Friday's Ask the Experts: Microfiber concerns

October 07, 2011
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Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: We have started a new venture in using micro fiber towels for cleaning restrooms. A few of the employees are concerned with using them because of contaminants, cross contamination, effectiveness, whether or not they are safe even after washing, what should be used to clean the microfibers, and so on. What kind of information can you provide that we can share with the employees to help allay their fears? What kind of laundry detergents would work in washing the towels that are used in cleaning of the restrooms, should we worry about cross contamination, and what process or procedure would you recommend for using microfiber towels?

The answer:

Microfiber is used throughout the world as an excellent option for cleaning restrooms
To reduce the possibility of cross-contamination, use them with a spray disinfectant. They are safe to use after laundering them with a good all-purpose laundry detergent (never use bleach) used in the wash cycle and with nothing used in the dryer. Fabric softener will ... — John Walker, President of ManageMen Inc.

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