The International Journal of Infection Control has published a really interesting paper on the use of cleaning wipes / towellettes, microfiber and cotton clothes on different surfaces. ‘In health care facilities, the inanimate environmental surfaces can become contaminated with nosocomial pathogen agents. With the advent of new cleaning utilities, there is a need to evaluate the benefits of adapting/ implementing new versus conventional utilities, both in terms of efficacy and cost.
For instance, cotton and microfiber cleaning cloths (wipes/towelettes) may help in the removal of soils and attached bacterial cells. In this context, it is also important to know if the nature of the substratum surface can affect the cleaning output when we use both microfiber and cotton cloths.The results obtained revealed that, with the exception of Formica laminate, MRSA cells could attach to stainless steel and melamine surfaces after short contact time of 24 hours.
The outcome also indicated that in presence of soil/ organic matter, the microfiber cloths were only slightly more efficient for the removal of soil and attached microbial cells than the cotton cloths. However, for surfaces without soils, no significant difference was found when cotton cloths or microfiber cloths were used. It was also observed that regardless of the type of cloth material used or the presence of soil, the melamine surfaces were the most difficult ones to clean.’