Using conventional loop mops for wetmopping of patient care areas has long beenthe standard in floor cleaning for janitorialoperations in hospitals. However, the healthcare industry has taken a recent interest inevaluating hard floor maintenancetechniques and its impact on employee,patient, and environmental health.Many floor cleaners used in hospitals containharsh chemicals such as quaternaryammonium chlorides and butoxyethanol,which can be harmful to humans and theenvironment. Furthermore, to reduce therisk of cross-contamination among patients,conventional mopping techniques requirejanitors to change the cleaning solution aftermopping every two or three rooms. Thismeans cleaning solutions are constantlybeing disposed of and replenished.Now there's a new alternative. Somefacilities have begun using microfibermopping materialsto clean floors.
Microfibers are densely constructed ofpolyester and polyamide (nylon) that areapproximately 1/16 the size of a human hair.The density of this material enables it to holdsix times its weight in water, making it moreabsorbent than a conventional, cotton loopmop. Also, microfibers are positively chargedso they attract dust (which has a negativecharge), and their tiny fibers are able topenetrate the microscopic surface pores ofany material. These characteristics makemicrofiber an effective mopping material.
■ Reduce chemical use and disposal.
Conventional wet mopping practicesrequire cleaning solution changes afterevery third room to reduce patient healthrisks from cross-contamination.
■ Reduce cleaning times for patientrooms.
Conventional wet moppingpractices – including mopping the floor,preparing and changing the cleaningsolution, and wringing the mop beforeand after jobs – take approximately15 minutes for a typical patient room.