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The new product is made of microfibre. This material makes the new mops lighter and easier to use than the former version, known as “loop mops.” The introduction of the more ergonomic microfibre mops has already led to 93.5 and 95 per cent reductions in mop-related injuries in two separate facilities.
These injuries result from the weight of the saturated loop mops and the potential strain caused by pushing them, ringing them out, and the weight of the buckets.
Microfibre mops also outperform loop mops when it comes to cleaning and infection prevention. Studies have demonstrated the increased effectiveness of the microfibre mop over the loop mop. In an evaluation of the new product, the vast majority of Saskatchewan health-care employees found that the microfibre mop glides better, does not leave any streaks behind, washes a larger area, and is more effective overall. Respondents noted the product also works better for washing walls.
“These microfibre mops are a win in every category,” says Greg Schutte, the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s Director – Environmental Services Rural. “They clean better, they use less water and cleaning chemical, and they reduce the injuries heavy mops and buckets can cause.”
“Above all, our staff work extremely hard and they do a great job. By introducing these mops, we are making sure that we equip our front-line employees with the very best tools. Our team members can now do an even better job for patients and families while also staying safe.”
The many benefits of microfibre
By introducing these mops, we are making sure that we equip our front-line employees with the very best tools. Our team members can now do an even better job for patients and families while also staying safe.
The material microfibre accounts for the numerous benefits these new mops offer. It makes for a lighter mop that is also is highly absorbent. Microfibre can hold up to six times its weight in water. Furthermore, as microfibre holds a positive electrostatic charge, it attracts and picks up more negatively-charged dust and debris. This feature allows microfibre to clean the smallest pores of any surface.
Cleaning procedures with the microfibre mop also reduce the amount of water and chemical needed, making the product better for the environment and more efficient for employees who no longer have to dump and refill heavy buckets of water and chemical as often. Since the new mops do not need to use as much water, mopped floors also dry quicker. This feature reduces the slipping hazard wet floors can create for patients, residents, and employees.
All Saskatchewan health-care facilities serviced by the 3sHealth and K-Bro Linen Systems contract will be able to receive the new mop.