Are Microfiber Mops Better Than Cotton String Mops at Removing Germs?

Yes, they are, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina Health Care System and University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC.


According to the authors of a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, microfiber mops removed or inactivated far more microbes than cotton string mops (95% versus 68%) when used with standard detergent. Testing those same mops with a disinfectant did not improve results with microfiber (it still removed or inactivated 95% of germs) but significantly improved results with the cotton mop (microbe removal or inactivation went from 68% to 95%).


Researchers Rutala, Gergen, and Weber conducted tests in 24 rooms, and RODAC plates were used to determine before and after microbe levels.