Microfiber Compared with Other Commonly Used Cleaning Cloths


The aim of this study was to investigate the decontamination capacity of 4 different types of cleaning cloths (microfiber cleaning cloth, cotton cloth, sponge cloth, and disposable paper towels) commonly used in hospitals in their ability to reduce microbial loads from a surface used dry or wet in new condition. All of the cloths except disposable paper towels were also compared after 10 and 20 times of reprocessing, respectively, at 90°C for 5 minutes in a washing machine.



Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 6538) and Escherichia coli (ATCC 8739) were used as test organisms. Test organisms were then added to a test soil (6% bovine serum albumin and 0.6% sheep erythrocytes) resulting in a controlled concentration of 5×107 colony-forming units per milliliter in the final test suspension. Standardized tiles measuring 5×5cm were used as test surface.



Microfiber cloths showed the best results when being used in new condition. However, after multiple reprocessing, cotton cloth showed the best overall efficacy.



We therefore suggest that the choice of the cleaning utilities should be based on their decontamination efficacy after several reprocessings and recommend the establishment of strict and well-defined cleaning and disinfection protocols.


AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control
Volume 38, Issue 4 , Pages 289-292, May 2010

“Evaluation of the decontamination efficacy of new and reprocessed microfiber cleaning cloth compared with other commonly used cleaning cloths in the hospital”




Magda Diab-Elschahawi, MD
Ojan Assadian, MD, DTMH

Alexander Blacky, MD
Maria Stadler, BMA
Elisabeth Pernicka, MSc, MPH
Jutta Berger, MD
Helene Resch, RN
Walter Koller, MD


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