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Am J Infect Control. 2007 Nov;35(9):569-73.

Microbiologic evaluation of microfiber mops for surface disinfection.

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Department of Hospital Epidemiology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7030, USA. brutala@unch.unc.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Recently, health care facilities have started to use a microfiber mopping technique rather than a conventional, cotton string mop to clean floors.

METHODS:

The effectiveness of microfiber mops to reduce microbial levels on floors was investigated. We compared the efficacy of microfiber mops with that of conventional, cotton string mops in 3 test conditions (cotton mop and standard wringer bucket, microfiber mop and standard wringer bucket, microfiber system). Twenty-four rooms were evaluated for each test condition. RODAC plates containing D/E Neutralizing Agar were used to assess "precleaning" and "postcleaning" microbial levels.

RESULTS:

The microfiber system demonstrated superior microbial removal compared with cotton string mops when used with a detergent cleaner (95% vs 68%, respectively). The use of a disinfectant did not improve the microbial elimination demonstrated by the microfiber system (95% vs 95%, respectively). However, use of disinfectant did significantly improve microbial removal when a cotton string mop was used (95% vs 68%, respectively).

CONCLUSION:

The microfiber system demonstrated superior microbial removal compared with cotton string mops when used with a detergent cleaner. The use of a disinfectant did not improve the microbial elimination demonstrated by the microfiber system.

PMID:
17980233
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2007.02.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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