Safe Odor Control When Cleaning Healthcare Environments with Microfiber Mops

By June 28, 2016Healthcare

Floor care and cleaning services with washing mop in sterile factory or clean hospitalThere is a new movement in healthcare environments where microfiber cloths and mops are providing an additional layer of support in fighting hospital-acquired infections (HAI).

According to this recent American Laundry News article, microfiber mops are able to better dislodge and remove particles from surface crevices where regular cotton products can’t reach. A microfiber cleaning system used in conjunction with green cleaners can also have a positive health and environmental impact.

The article points out that many of these solutions can be used with bleach as part of the cleaning protocol. While bleach is highly effective in disinfecting floors within a hospital, there is one unintended side effect – lingering bleach odor.

Bleach odor permeates a large area and can be offensive and irritating to staff, patients, and visitors. This is especially true for those who suffer from asthma, allergies or other chemical sensitivity conditions.

As highlighted in this Health Facilities Management article authored by OMI Industries, eco-friendly odor mitigation solutions like Fresh Wave IAQ are ideal for use simultaneously or immediately following the application of cleaning, disinfecting, and/or maintenance chemical products.

In addition, most commercial laundry detergents are effective in removing dirt from mop heads, but cannot safely and effectively remove odors. The Fresh Wave IAQ Laundry Additive is ideal for use when cleaning microfiber mop heads, and remove the toughest chemical odors. By eliminating these odors, the healthcare facility will earn additional ROI benefits because this solution will extend the life of its microfiber mop heads.

Today’s healthcare facilities need to be ultra-clean in order to best combat HAIs, which is why chemical-based cleaners have become the norm. While these types of solutions are ideal in disinfecting most healthcare environments, there will always be residual odors to fight. Thankfully, there is a solution.

Click here to learn more about how Fresh Wave IAQ can help any healthcare facility safely and effectively combat odors from disinfecting products.  In addition, if you are an EVS professional in need of eco-friendly odor mitigation solutions for these types of challenges, please contact us here.

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