Microfibres have an average diameter of about 5 - 7 µm and
are thus only half as thick as cotton fibres. As a result,
microfibres have a significantly greater capacity to remove
contaminants, including bacteria, viruses and spores, from
cracks and crevices. This makes them ideal for maintaining
hygiene and cleanliness in many areas.
Illustration 1: Cotton
Illustration 2: Microfibre
As a further benefit, they offer greater cleaning capacity
because the smaller diameter of the threads allows for
significantly more individual threads to be used in the same
size towel or mop. This is also due in part to the
comparatively high number of contact points between the
fabric and the surface being cleaned as well as the resulting
large quantity of capillaries in the structure of the cloth.
With the multitude of gaps created by the structure of the
fibres, even more particles of dirt can be absorbed.
Microfibre is generally distinguished for its very good
cleaning properties. Due to the structure of the cloth, only
a very small amount of cleaning agent needs to be applied.
Not only does this have a positive impact on cost control,
but rather on environmental protection as well due to
improved sustainability. By giving up the use of chemical
agents, or by only using very moderate amounts, there is an
added benefit of leaving less residue on the surface being
cleaned. This can be very beneficial for those who are
sensitive to chemicals or suffer from allergies, as it
minimises exposure. The good cleaning properties also reduce
labour requirements for cleaning staff, and minimise the
effort required from the individual performing these
Due to the fact that microfibres can be electrostatically
charged through friction during use, these textiles are also
ideal for dry dusting.