Are You Using The Wrong Industrial Wipers For Your Business?

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Today’s many industries use all manner of cleaning cloths for various reasons. Are the products you’re stocking the best cleaning cloths for your customer’s business? The most common sign that a customer is using the wrong wiper is that the final cleaning result simply isn’t at the level of quality they expect it to be.Regardless of what wipers are used for, any drop in quality of the finished product is a definite signal that it’s time to begin a search for other wipers. This may lead to customers seeking out an alternative engineering supplies merchant.

To be fair, many end-users aren’t aware of what kind of wiper to use in each circumstance. As manufacturers and suppliers, we are well placed to educate them on how to boost cleaning efficiency and cut back on supply costs. Effective cleaning product information encourages customer loyalty and repeat business. To enable you to stock the best cleaning wipes to meet your customer’s needs, this article will list the most common wipers and their uses:

Disposable Wipers

Disposable wipers are designed and manufactured for a specific purpose. Made of paper or synthetic cotton, disposable wipers are strong and durable, but are normally only intended for a single use. Because they occupy less volume, disposable wipers can take up far less space in a facility than other wiper types. They also eliminate laundry and drying costs.

Disposable wipers are distinguishable from paper towels by their strength and feel, and they are often pre-treated with cleaning detergent. They are ideal for surface cleaning and sanitisation jobs requiring a high degree of quality.

Shop Towels

Shop towels, like rags, have several uses. They can be used in most industrial facilities to clean machine parts of grease and oil, washing hands and other similar tasks. Shop towels offer both affordability and convenience for facilities.

Shop towels are frequently used in conjunction with a contract cleaning service, in that clean towels are delivered to a facility and soiled towels picked up for laundering. This eliminates the need for on-site storage of soiled towels. Because they are all the same size, employees don’t have to sort through them to find the right size, as they might with rags. Please note that most shop towels are not suitable for a lint-free environment.


Thousands of cleaning rags are purchased by companies each year. Made from cheap, recycled materials, they tend to be the least expensive option. They are convenient for widespread use across a business, whose employees can store them beside workstations to easily grab a rag whenever they need one.

Rags are ideal in situations where clean-up is required, such as when tea, oil or grease have been spilled. In these circumstances, rags offer an incredibly affordable and convenient means of cleaning all kinds of facility, shop and equipment surfaces. Rags can be of any size and be put to work for various jobs.

How To Choose The Best Cleaning Cloth

The first thing to do when considering the best cleaning cloth for an application is to decide which tasks are being performed that require their use.

Scrubbing And Dirt Removal

When a user needs to remove adhesives, dirt and similar foulants, the best product is one that contains synthetic fibres and low lint, as lint can transfer to surfaces. Any wipers having high cellulose content, as well as rags and shop towels, should be avoided wherever possible.

Smooth Surface Cleaning

Fingerprints, grease and oil spills on smooth surfaces are best addressed by using a wiper or rag. However, to be effective, they must have cellulose content and be absorbent. For jobs requiring absorbency or glass cleaning, shop towels are best avoided, in order to prevent possible surface scratching.


When harmful substances need to be removed from a surface, the best pairing is a wiper or rag, combined with a sanitising chemical. It may be that more than one task will require more than one type of wiper. As well, you may need to seek out cleaning product information to ensure that chemicals won’t damage the wiper you’re using. Sanitising jobs can be completed with any rag or wiper having a good wet strength.

Preparation Of Surfaces

Removing contaminants such as lint for the purpose of preparing a surface for some kind of treatment, like painting, will require wipers made out of synthetic fibres. Low lint wipers are best in this situation, and any product having high cellulose content is best avoided.

Each type of industrial cleaning cloth product has its own set of characteristics, despite the fact that “wiper”, “rag” and “towel” are often used interchangeably. Now that you know the differences between them and the best uses for each, you can be confident that you’re stocking the right ones for your customers. Our Smartora range of premium wiper rags and cleaning products offers a wide choice of cleaning functions at unbeatable wholesale prices. To find out more about stocking cleaning cloths for industrial clients, see our free Guide to Industrial Wiper Rags. The guide can be downloaded from our website by clicking here.

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