Going green is the hot way to do everything right now. It’s good for the environment and your bottom line because you won’t need to replace items as frequently. That includes within the cleaning industry. There are a growing number of machine washable, reusable products like dusters and mops on the market. The problem for many restaurants and businesses is that they do not have access to washing machines, which means using a product and tossing it in the laundry is not an option. That doesn’t need to limit your reusable options; it only changes how you clean them.
Businesses without Laundering Capabilities:
You can hand wash microfiber and other reusable mops (cotton, synthetic, etc.) and covers. I am going to preface the steps by saying that it will take a little bit of time, but the
reusable items and cost savings to replace them should make up for that. If you do not have a washing machine, there are two ways you can wash these items.
- 1. In your three compartment sink
- 2. In your industrial dish washer
For both methods, make sure that there are no dishes or food items in the sink or dishwasher and that they have been properly cleaned. Wash the products in hot water with a mild detergent. Rinse thoroughly. DO NOT USE bleach. Bleach will decrease your product life, forcing you to replace it more often. Hang your mops and microfiber to dry. Make sure everything is fully dry before storing them to prevent the growth of mold and other bacteria. When you’re done, make sure to follow proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures for your sink before using it again for food-related items.
Businesses (and homes) with Laundering Capabilities:
Machine wash in warm or hot water on a delicate cycle with a mild detergent. This goes for both your microfiber and other reusable materials. As mentioned above, DO NOT USE bleach. You should also avoid fabric softener which can leave a film that decreases the effectiveness of your items. Wash microfiber in its own load without any cotton, terry cloth or socks. Microfiber will pick up lint from those items during the washing cycle. If you need to wash microfiber with other items, make sure they are non-linting. Ideally you should hang dry your supplies. If you must machine dry them, do so on a low or no heat setting.