Whether raising a family or hosting friends and neighbors for a shared meal, creating a home that is clean and comfortable is important. Stocking up on cleaning essentials like organic cleaning sprays, the Scrunge® and the Ultimate Clean Team are vital to a clean home, but when it comes to keeping a clean and comfortable home, we think the O-Cedar® microfiber mops are one of the most important cleaning tools you can have in your home. Here’s why.
O-Cedar® Microfiber Mops Remove 99% of Bacteria* with Just Water
O-Cedar® microfiber mop heads are made up of millions of tiny synthetic fibers. When used with water, all of these tiny fibers loosen and physically pick up dirt and bacteria-over 99% of bacteria is removed with just water and without the use of harsh cleaning chemicals.
When it comes to traditional mopping, soap and water is most often used. The soap breaks down the dirt and grime, while the water on the mop head carries the mess away. Pretty simple, right? We disagree. Think about it. The fibers in a traditional cotton mop head are all relatively large and spaced out, which means the fibers can potentially pass over dirt and grime, ultimately missing parts of the mess, which means you are either left with a stubborn mess or you are left putting in a lot of extra effort to ensure the mess is scrubbed away entirely. However, when it comes to the O-Cedar® microfiber mops, all you need is just water. No harsh chemicals or fancy mop solutions, just tap water. That’s it!
Now you may be wondering, “It sounds too good to be true. I don’t understand how that’s possible. I still have questions!” Don’t worry, we have compiled a list of the top questions we receive about our microfiber mops so you can rest assured that your home is getting the best clean possible.
O-Cedar® Microfiber Mops FAQ
Will the microfibers remove bacteria from any surface? What about hardwood floors?
We tested the microfiber mops on the two most common household flooring surfaces, prefinished hardwood flooring and ceramic tiles and we concluded that the O-Cedar® microfiber mops can be used on most hard flooring surfaces including hardwood, tile and laminate. However, if you are unsure how microfibers will perform on your home’s floors, always conduct a test run in a small, hidden area first.
Does microfiber kill all bacteria?
No, cleaning your floors with microfiber and just water does not kill bacteria. It removes over 99% of bacteria*. The tiny microfibers physically loosen and pick up dirt and bacteria, and carry it away, without the use of harsh chemicals. Talk about a win win!
Will the microfiber mop pads disinfect my floors?
Disinfecting implies that you are killing bacteria and since the microfibers do not kill bacteria, we are simply removing it from your home’s floors.
Fact: We tested the removal of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, two of the most common bacteria found in homes and we are proud to report the microfiber removed both types of bacteria with just tap water. *The tap water we used in testing meets the Safe Drinking Water Act guidelines.
Where does the bacteria go once I’ve picked it up?
Once the bacteria is picked up by the microfibers, it stays on the mop head until the mop head is washed or rinsed off. Our independent accredited lab testing showed no carry of bacteria when wiping a rinsed head onto sterile surface. Another win!
Can I wash the microfiber mop heads – what about using bleach or fabric softener?
Yes, the microfiber mop heads can be washed and reused. For best results, wash in warm water by hand or simply toss in the washing machine. Your choice! Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners as bleach can seriously degrade the quality of the microfibers, while fabric softener can coat the tiny microfibers, ultimately making them less effective. Once washed, lay flat to dry.
Will the bacteria removal properties eventually wear out or fade over time?
During the course of normal use (assuming you wash your mop head once a week) the cleaning performance of the microfibers will stay the same, but just like with most cleaning tools, we recommend replacing your mop head every three months so it can perform optimally.
Can I use cleaning chemicals?
When mopping with an O-Cedar mop, you can use any cleaning solution of your choice, but if you prefer to keep harsh cleaning chemicals out of your home, simply use tap water. That’s all you need to get the job done!
How often should I replace my microfiber mop refill?
We recommend replacing your microfiber mop refills every three months so that your O-Cedar mop’s microfibers work at their best on your home’s floors.
* Removes over 99% of E. coli and Staph. aureus from pre-finished hardwood flooring and ceramic tile using tap water, as tested at an independent accredited lab.