How do I clean my Bona microfiber cleaning and dusting pad?
Often times we buy cleaning products based on advertising promises. When you buy cleaning pads for flooring – you’re buying the ability to clean the floor. The focus is not how you’re going to clean the pads. So how to clean the pads is a great question.
Wash your cloths, dusters and mop heads in the washing machine with detergent only. Do NOT use fabric softener or bleach – they will ruin the microfiber. Fabric softener has oils that clog the fibers.
To dry: tumble on low heat or no heat. The heat will deactivate or melt the electric charge in the cloth. Or you can allow to drip dry. I prefer the drip dry method myself.
Microfiber is a synthetic material with split fibers (usually polyester and polyamide) used for cleaning cloths, dusters and mops. The cloths are positively charged and that means they work well in wiping up dirt, oil and grease (which are negatively charged.) This is why they are excellent for cleaning floors and automobiles. They also have split fibers that can absorb up to seven times it’s weight in water.
The quality of microfiber cloths vary. You can tell you have a “good” cloth if it catches on your hand when you touch it. A lower quality cloth without split fibers, will smear water rather than absorb it.
You can buy microfiber cloths at stores where they sell cleaning supplies. Including grocery stores, the .99 Cent Store and the Dollar Tree. They also sell them in the automotive department at stores like Walmart and Target. And you can buy them online at stores like Amazon.
Why is microfiber used for cleaning?
- They absorb water.
- They clean without chemicals – which is great for the environment, and house cleaners and maids who are allergic to cleaning chemicals.
- Color-coded cloths, mop heads, and dusters can be washed in the washing machine and are reusable – which reduces pollution and garbage.
- The color coding allows you to use one color per house so you don’t cross-contaminate cloths from house to house.
- Microfiber towels are more cost effective to use for cleaning than paper towels or even cotton cloths.
How to wash microfiber in the washing machine
Here is a YouTube video by Larry Kosilla from AMMO NYC on how to wash your towels and cleaning pads in a washing machine. (It covers an array of information about microfiber cloths whether you are using them for commercial cleaning, auto detailing or personal at home house cleaning.)
When in doubt about the care of a particular cleaning product, check the manufacturers website for details. Here are the screen shots from the Bona manufacturer site.
Here for your cleaning pad it ways: “Machine washable and reusable up to 300 times / Do not use fabric softener.”
This is one for the dusting pad and it simply says “Washable and reusable up to 100 times.”
And because there are no specific washing instructions on the website, we at least know they are washable. We can then follow the rules for washing regular microfiber cloths that Larry Kosilla showed us in his amazing video.
Not using microfiber yet in your cleaning? Isn’t it time you give it a try?
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