Yannic Böhm, Junior Product Manager, Vileda Professional
May it be a business trip or vacation with friends and family – a lot of us are using the comfortable option of staying at hotels if we are out for more than a day. A hotel is expected to have high standards in ambience and service, which we all pay a premium for. When it comes to cleanliness, our standards are at the top as are our expectations.
We expect that our hotel rooms are clean and tidied up. Studies over the years have suggested that there is nothing worse than a hotel guest finding a stray hair on the bed or in the bathroom. This only indicates the kind of hygiene standards and inadequately trained cleaning staff that the hotel has. And even though the hotel managers as well as housekeepers are well aware of such risks, one still finds hygienically unsafe cleaning methods in many hotels.
Let’s face facts: Streaky glass surfaces, dust and chemical residues in bathroom areas can be found in several 4- or 5-star – properties, and once you have a look at the cleaning equipment being used by housekeeping staff, it becomes clear that good training is just one thing that must be invested in when pushing the hygienic standards to a new level. High quality cleaning tools contribute to the overall cleaning results to the same degree, at least! While in the hotel sector, residues of cotton fabrics or even guest towels are still being used to fulfill the cleaning tasks, the people responsible for cleaning in the healthcare sector have already taken advantage of something that is revolutionising the market and that will revolutionise hotel cleaning as well –Microfiber.
As we all are aware, microfiber is a synthetic, ultra-fine fibre made from polyester and polyamide, which can pick up microscopic dirt much easier than any cloth made from viscose or cotton fabrics. By further splitting, microfibers in up to 32 filaments they can become as fine as 0,075 dtex, which means that 1 gram of fiber would measure about 150 km in length. So, by using microfiber fabrics one can be sure that no dirt will be left on the surface. Due to its fineness it is even capable of removing up to 99.99 per cent of bacteria from the surface without using environmentally unfriendly chemicals.
There are several other main advantages of microfiber. For example, ergonomics or the potential to save enormous amounts of water; low friction on surfaces saves the cleaning staff’s power and makes them clean faster, and the lower cloth volume compared to cotton towels will make washing a lot more efficient by enabling one to wash more cloths per wash load.
As you can see I am a big fan of how technology made it possible to re-invent cleaning by inventing the microfiber technology, and I could go on explaining the advantages of microfiber over cotton or viscose fabrics. But, I think my conclusion is already clear. Hotel cleaning is a very challenging task. Time pressure and the high expectations of guests challenge the cleaning staff just as much as the rest of the hotel crew who is working hard to ensure a comfortable stay for their guests.
I am positive that we will see huge change in the tools used in housekeeping – as it has in other sectors; the growing variety of microfiber or part-microfiber fabrics underpins this trend - from microfibers invisible to the naked eye through microfiber-coated viscose cloths up to Polyvinylalcohol-Coated microfiber fabrics. Thanks to the fast development of highly sophisticated manufacturing techniques within the last few decades, professional cleaners now have access to a huge variety of high-tech microfiber cloths each designated for specific cleaning requirements. It definitely shows that microfiber technology has already taken off and I look forward to seeing its future development within the hotel sector.