A reader writes: “You mentioned in one of your workshops that microfiber was not the best choice in every cleaning situation. We are constantly being advised to use only microfiber. What gives?”

I can well understand your confusion in that the general rule of thumb is to use microfiber flat mops for your day-to-day cleaning needs. Areas that come to mind are restrooms, hospital rooms, hotel restrooms and floors, and other similar areas that can benefit from the “D floor + C mop + C solution = Cleaner Outcomes” formula works quite well.

Some people get confused when they hear that microfiber can retain a large quantity of liquids PER WEIGHT when compared to a cotton mop’s absorbency. The statement is true, but then a cotton mop can weigh a lot more and should be used for flood pick up and other cases where the total amount absorbed is far greater than a comparable microfiber flat mop.

When I am cleaning up a spill or flood, I want the bulk absorbency and am not overly concerned at the moment as to how clean the mop it. Of course, I always recommend the use of clean mops targeted towards the task at hand. Another example is a small strip/scrub job that could easily overwhelm a microfiber flat mop. If for instance, it is a cleanup where I do not want to keep the mops, then I may use an absorbent cotton string mop since it is relatively cheap and disposable. If the task allows me to launder the mop I may use a more expensive stitched bottom mop that allows me to launder it afterwards.

Understand that you will need to make informed choices as to which tool (string, stitched or flat mop system) to use based on the task at hand.

Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean...

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net