Today is week two of Cleaning 101 for Churches. Last week we shed light on sanitizing and disinfectanting and pros and cons of bleach. We focused our attention on restrooms and that’s where I’ll pick up today.
Most church cleanings are performed by volunteers or members of the church. Many have not been trained on the proper way to clean, therefore exposing parishioners to more germs. Can you imagine, drinking or touching a water fountain that has been cleaned with the same rag used in a restroom. Or better, touching a faucet wiped down by the same rag used to clean the toilet. Yuck! A better option for cleaners is the use of microfiber clothes and mops.
Microfiber is a polyester and nylon (polyamide) fiber that is used to make fabric. The fiber is split many times smaller than a human hair. This makes it a superior tool for cleaning and germ removal because it can penetrate cracks and crevasses that cotton cloths or paper towels are not able to reach. The increased surface area of the fibers and their star shape also allow them to absorb up to 7 to 8 times their weight in liquid. The fibers generate a static electric charge when moved across a surface that attracts dust and contains it, rather than spreading it around or releasing it into the air when dry dusting.
Benefits of Microfiber
- Effective at capturing microbes: Several studies have determined that microfiber is better than cotton at capturing bacteria. The University of California, Davis Medical Center compared the number of bacteria picked up by a cotton-loop mop and by a microfiber mop. The cotton-loop mop reduced bacteria on the floors by 30%, whereas the microfiber mop reduced bacteria by 99%.2
- Prevents cross-contamination: Microfiber cloths and mops are available in assorted colors so that a color-coding system can be implemented for specific uses. For instance, you can readily identify a person using a red cloth in the sanctuary and know that it was also used in the restroom and stop them immediately to prevent further cross-contamination.
- Reduces chemical and water use more effectively: A University of Massachusetts Lowell study determined that because the microfiber mopping system uses less water and chemicals, it reduced the amount of water and chemicals handled, and it eliminated the need to wring the heavy cotton mops, which decreased chances of a potential injury.