The many uses of lint-free cloth make it an important product for engineering businesses. Despite this, lint free is not always given priority consideration as a cleaning cloth. This could be due, in part, to several misconceptions that continue to persist. Your customers could be reducing the effectiveness of lint free rags by engaging in any of the following misconceptions. As we will see, these are all counterproductive and can actually create additional lint where there was none before! By countering these misconceptions you can enable your customers to get the best use out of their lint free cloths and encourage repeat orders:
Misconception #1: Lint-Free Rags Need To Be Boiled
One common misconception is that cloths need to be boiled to be disinfected. The truth is that boiling any textile, including cotton, can actually damage the fabric unnecessarily. The best way to clean and disinfect any lint-free cloth is to launder it in a washing machine. For large businesses, this can be done off site by a contract cleaner. If used on a regular basis, weekly washing is best, and it’s also a good idea to ensure the lint free rags and wipers are laundered only with other lint-free items.
Misconception #2: It’s A Good Idea To Microwave A Lint Free Wiper Or Soak It In Bleach
Lately, it seems that many users are jumping on the bandwagon and microwaving their cleaning cloths. The reason for this is that it’s been said that microwaving kills odour-causing bacteria on cloth, saving them from having to throw the wipers out. Actually, the better alternative is to simply soak the cloth in a solution of hot water and vinegar. Vinegar helps to remove odour naturally without causing damage to the fabric.
Soaking any fabric in bleach can cause it to weaken, break down and fall apart. This is especially true if rags are soaked in undiluted bleach or in strong bleach solutions. While it is true that bleach kills bacteria, it may leave harmful chemicals behind, which may not be ideal for many cleaning applications. It may also reduce the cloth’s ability to clean properly.
Misconception #3: Using Fabric Softener Will Improve The Cleaning Ability Of Lint Free Rags
It is true that fabric softener gives bed sheets, t-shirts and towels a soft and luxurious feel. But will it do any favours for lint free cleaning cloths? It isn’t very likely. In fact, it may do more harm than good. Fabric softeners tend to smooth the surface of fibres. With those dirt-gripping edges gone, users may have a harder time removing dirt, grime and other materials from surfaces.
Fabric softener doesn’t only include the liquid kind; it’s also recommended that users avoid using dryer sheets, as these will also serve to smooth out fibres. Not only that; but even the residue from liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets in a dryer, can have a negative impact on lint free cleaning cloths. The best solution? Use a detergent that’s free of bleach and other fillers to wash cleaning cloths.
The Facts About Lint Free Cleaning Cloths
The truth about lint free rags and wipers is that they are highly versatile when cleaned and used properly.
Environmentally Friendly And Durable
Cotton continues to be a leader of the pack in terms of environmental friendliness. Not only is it biodegradable, but it is also a renewable resource. The durability of cotton is also unparalleled; it possesses very high tensile strength, able to resist rips and tears and take all manner of stretching and other abuse.
The affordability of lint free cleaning cloths is largely due to their durability. For example, because cotton lasts longer, there can be more of a space between purchases. The process of making cotton cleaning rags is also simpler and less expensive than that of synthetic cloths and those made from other materials.
Easy On The Skin And Hypo-Allergenic
Despite its durability, cotton is breathable, soft and far easier on the hands than other fabrics may be, especially when repeated wringing and rubbing to clean a surface is required. As well, people who suffer from allergies will definitely appreciate the fact that cotton is hypo-allergenic. The presence of the dust mites that cause allergies can be greatly reduced with the introduction of cotton, which is naturally dust mite-resistant.
High Absorbency, Better Efficiency
Some fabrics can also offer higher absorbency than others. For example, cotton tested for absorbency was found to have the capability of absorbing a whopping one-fifth of its weight in water or solvent. And that’s before it even feels damp to the touch. What does better absorbency mean for your customers? Higher efficiency, because less time is spent wringing and more time on cleaning. When lint free rags and wipers are properly cared for, they can be reused many times.
The Most Reliable, Cost Effective Line Of Lint Free Industrial Wipers
If you’re now wondering, “Where can I go to purchase superior quality lint free cloth?” the answer is to call us at Davis & Moore on 0161 848 8008 and ask about our Smartora line of premium industrial rag wipers. We’ve also written a free ebook; The Guide to Industrial Wiper Rags, that provides all the information you need to make an informed decision about the right wipers to stock for your customers. Click here to claim your copy today.