Environmental Life-Cycle Analysis of Single-Use and Reusable Mops
Richard Venditti, Elis and Signe Olsson Professor, Department of Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University, Room 1204 Pulp and Paper Labs, Raleigh, NC 27695-8005
Summary & Results
The Advantex® Single-use Mop has a significantly lower environmental impact than a reusable laundered mop in every category assessed in the EPA TRACI model. A contribution analysis on ...
Moving to Single-use Mops
Converting to disposable microfiber mops can significantly reduce the
HAI risk for hospitals, eliminating the potential for inadequately
launder mops to be reintroduced with remnant HAI pathogens. The case
study evaluated our Advantex® (Brand A) along with several
other brands of single-use microfiber mops and determined that
differences clearly exist on several critical criteria such as
disinfectant neutralization, absorbency and dispersion/release ...
Laundered Mops vs. Single-Use Mops
A recent study evaluated laundered microfiber mops from eleven hospitals and found that 27.3% of the newly laundered mops contained microbial contamination, including HAI pathogens.
Laundry considerations: The typical hot water temperature in the laundering process specifies 160°F-200°F for microfiber mops or cloths and excludes the use of bleach unless necessary. Bleach is ...
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Pathogens are consistently introduced to the floor throughout the day by shoes, transport equipment such as wheelchairs and beds, treatment devices or computer carts, and non-slip patient socks that traverse the floors and frequently, directly into a bed. More importantly, there is a consistent potential for cross-contamination on and across the floor by an item ...