In a profession where repetitive motion and heavy lifting is always problematic, lightweight microfiber products are a welcome solution. In fact, microfiber has become widely available in all types of cleaning tools today and is most pervasive in mops. While traditional cut-end mops still make up a large portion of mop demand, there is a growing trend toward using high-quality looped-end and microfiber products. The popularity of microfiber has a lot to do with its functionality as the fiber can be used wet or dry, and with conventional, flat and dust mops.

In addition to being lighter than a traditional fiber, microfiber reduces water and chemical usage. Microfiber also addresses another pressing concern, particularly for foodservice and healthcare facilities: cross-contamination.

A microfiber pad can be used once, easily replaced with a fresh pad, and — if the cleaning solution remains untouched by a dirty pad — no cross-contamination will occur. Color-coding can also be done with microfiber tools. This reduces the risk of cross-contamination by ensuring certain colored tools are only used in specific areas. A tremendous benefit is that microfiber pads can be laundered and used hundreds of times.