Your supermarket aisles are filled with dozens of cleaning cloths to use around the house. Some options
are disposable; others advertise thousands of uses. Many are highly absorbent and others are infused
with cleaning solution when you purchase them. Choose the right cleaning cloth for your home to get the
job done right.
Sponges and rags are among the longest lasting
cleaning cloths available. Unfortunately, for maids
that work in many homes, these options are
unsanitary for most uses. Bacteria and germs can
reside in the absorbent fabrics, transferring from
one home to another unless they are properly
cleaned and stored between uses. These options
tend to work better for dusting and cleaning non-
shiny surfaces as maids can leave a streaky finish.
Cleaner-infused cloths are generally used for antibacterial cleaning. They are stored in an airtight
container that helps the cloths retain moisture. The downside: the cloths often contain little cleaner and
are small in size, requiring many to clean even a small room. But they do cut down on some costs,
eliminating the need to buy a second cleaning solution.
Paper towels are a great way to maintain sanitary conditions and streak-free shines. They can be
purchased in a variety of grades ranging from thin paper-like sheets to thick, absorbent cloths that leave
lint-like films if used with too little cleaning solution. Paper towels are, unfortunately, a less eco-friendly
alternative to reusable cloths, despite their sanitary superiority.
Microfiber cloths are touted for their highly
absorbent nature. However, don’t be fooled by
infomercials that make exaggerated claims. Most
reusable microfiber cloths are good for cleaning up
small spills and little else. They must be cleaned
between uses, and they can be quite expensive to
purchase and replace. Some housekeeping
services might use these for dusting or cleaning
countertops; however, you should always make
sure they are properly cleaned between uses.
Decide what you need your cleaning cloth to do
before you invest in it. If you’re looking for
something that is versatile and inexpensive, opt for
paper towels. Perhaps you’d like a nice eco-friendly
cleaning that doesn’t need to be streak free or
perfect; in this case, look into rags and sponges. Cleaner-infused cloths offer an innovative way to scrub
small spaces without making double purchases, while pricey microfiber cloths claim to be part of the
cleaning revolution—offering superb absorbency and an engineering construction.
Whichever type you choose, make sure you or your maid service knows the benefits of each variety.
Follow the proper usage guidelines, and your choice of a cleaning cloth will make cleaning up a breeze!
Maid for Mommy is central New Jersey’s premier housekeeping services company. Our team of maids is
dedicated to taking care of all the cleaning chores around your home so you have more time to spend
doing what you like. Be relaxed while our expert maids scrub your kitchen and bathrooms to perfection.
After you host the perfect party for friends, leave the housekeeping services to us—we’ll have your house
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