In the world we live in today, it is very important to keep your space clean. The simple task of wiping down your desk, or cleaning off your computer before you go home, can go a long way. You might think to use a disinfectant wipe, a mystery spray bottle you found on someone else’s desk, or maybe even an aerosol disinfectant spray can and then wipe it all down with a cloth. Not only does the disinfectant you choose have an impact, but so does the type of cloth. 

Knowing the benefits of the cloth you use to wipe down all of your desk supplies has more of an impact than you might think. The two most popular cloth types are cotton cloths and microfiber cloths. Both of these options have pros and cons, but knowing which kind to use is crucial in maintaining the condition of your workspace.  

Stack of microfiber cloths with rubber glovesAll about Cotton Cloths

Do you know the patterned kitchen towels your mom has in the kitchen? More than likely, those are cotton. Cotton cloths are a very popular choice when it comes to cleaning up. The material is natural, breathable, gentle and soft so it won’t leave scratches on nice appliances. It is also a very inexpensive product. You can buy an abundance of cotton cloths for a very low price. However, there are some downsides to this popular product.

Since the material is organic and all-natural, the odors of the mess that is being picked up will get trapped in the fibers and leave behind bacteria. It is hard to reuse a cleaning product when it becomes a mess itself. The fibers are then spread farther spread out causing the cotton cloths to push dirt and debris around instead of fully picking it up. Cotton cloths also tend to dry slowly and leave behind extra trails of lint. Are these inconveniences worth the low price?

Rolled up cotton cloths

All about Microfiber Cloths

The other common cleaning cloth option is a microfiber cloth. You might have seen these come with new technology products or a new pair of glasses. Microfiber is made from synthetic materials such as polyester, nylon and acrylic. It is a very fine substance that is about 1/100th the diameter of human hair. Compared to the cotton fiber, microfiber is ⅓ the diameter. Since the material is so thin, it is tightly compressed together. Less space is left between the strands, making these products highly absorbent. It can pick up and remove soil and dirt from a surface with ease. This long-lasting cloth also does not need soap or water to properly clean a surface. It works best dry on electronics. 

However, this strong product still comes with some flaws. Since the material is synthetic, the upfront cost of microfiber products is double or sometimes triple the cost of cotton ones. More costs can be added when trying to wash the material properly. It requires special laundering to ensure it stays intact. Since microfiber requires special treatment, it can then easily snag. Having snags in a microfiber cloth will then cause the product to be slightly abrasive to things like screens and glasses. It might be worth the risk of a snag if the microfiber cloth will last a long time and not require extra cleaning supplies when wiping down an area.

Microfiber cloth wiping down a car

Which one is better?

Microfiber and cotton cloths both provide benefits that the other does not. Cotton offers a gentle cloth for a cheaper price option, but it gets dirty quickly and doesn’t clean up the full mess. Microfiber picks up dirt and oils very quickly and easily, but the upfront cost is double the amount of cotton. Which one is better? Overall, a microfiber cloth would be a smarter investment. Paying more for a cloth that is going to last longer is a smarter investment that will improve long-term cleanliness. With a microfiber cloth, you know the clean-up job will be thoroughly done the first time. If other companies can trust a microfiber cloth to clean your newest smartphone or laptop, can’t you?

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