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ICAN/ATEX: What are the trends regarding string mops and microfiber?

March 1, 2013

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What's the latest trend in the cleaning industry regarding the usage of string mops on the lavatorial floors and regular floors?

And, wghat is the best way to prevent cross-contamination?

Friday’s Answer:

string mopThe move seems to be toward using microfiber flat mops, although good quality string mops work well when properly used.

Neither will clean when soiled, so both need frequent laundering in a mop bucket of some sort while on the job.

Microfiber pads load up quickly due to their small surface and effective action, so some folks have taken to using an abundance of pads, changing to a fresh one when soiling is apparent, and laundering them off-site later.

This can be cumbersome.

I don't see cross-contamination of floors as a major health threat for two reasons  … Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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