I want to show you the real truth about Norwex Microfiber in today’s post. In a previous post, I broached the question, “Does Norwex Work?” as well as why you can believe what I say about the products.
Today’s post will help you understand the HOW and WHY you can believe that Norwex Microfiber really DOES work, and that it’s not a scam!
How Microfiber Works
…and why it’s FAR superior for cleaning as compared to cotton or other fibers.
The basics of microfiber: The open spaces in the fibers created by the splitting process enable the cloth to lift away dust and dirt, leaving the surface clean.
Norwex microfiber is a blend of polyester and polyamide that is 1/200th the size of a strand of human hair. That is WAY cool!
And you know what? The Norwex EnviroCloth contains more than 3 million meters of microfiber!
Use it dry for dusting, and the static electricity lifts the smallest particles of dust and dirt up into the cloth and prevents them from resettling on surfaces.
Use it wet, and it removes everything from the surface, up to 99% of bacteria, when used properly.
How to use it ‘properly:’
- Run the cloth under water
- Squeeze out excess water
- Fold into fourths
- Wipe the surface, keeping the folded cloth flat
- Once that side of your cloth is soiled, flip to a clean, unused side. Keep flipping, turning the cloth inside out, if necessary, for four new clean side.
When you’re done your job, if the microfiber is not heavily soiled, you can hand wash with a dab of soap, rinse well, and hang to dry. If it IS heavily soiled, you launder it. You can find more detailed laundering guidelines here.
What About the People Who Say it Doesn’t Work?
When you hear or read about people talking about how Norwex doesn’t work (there’s not many of them out there, but a few), you’ll discover that they don’t actually understand how the microfiber works. People get confused with the BacLock feature of the cloth, and they think that the antibacterial agent, the silver in the cloth, is what is cleaning the surface.
Nope. The microfiber is doing the work to remove everything from the surface, and the silver ions are cleaning the cloth itself.
The Science Behind the Silver
People also misunderstand how the silver is working to clean they cloth. There is a misconception that silver ions kill bacteria and but that is NOT the case. Active silver ions (AG+) inactivate the bacteria cells that the microfibre has picked up.
This is done in three ways:
- Breakdown of a cell’s life supporting functions by inhibiting the transmembrane transport, thereby starving the bacterium
- Inactivation of intracellular enzymes that“digest the food”
- Damage the bacterium cell’s DNA so that it cannot reproduce
Scientific enough for ya? Heehee!
So, when you clean a surface, then hang the Norwex Microfibre cloth back up, the silver ions are inactivating any bacteria inside, meaning that within 24 hours (the amount of time the silver ions need to perform), your cloth has become clean, and is ready for its next use!
Now, that does NOT mean that you never need to launder your cloth! Depending on the number of bacteria and the lapse of time between the use of the cloth, overgrowth can still occur within a Norwex microfiber cloth. So, once your cloth is heavily soiled, either after one use, or multiple uses, you launder it.
Third Party Testing
Norwex also hires a Third Party Lab to test all of their microfiber products for effectiveness.
Let me repeat that…
Norwex hires a THIRD PARTY LAB to test the Norwex Microfiber for effectiveness!
These lab tests reveal that our microfiber removes 99% of bacteria from the surface (that’s why we can make the claim)! Lab testing is also done to ensure cross-contamination does not occur. Tests demonstrate that you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination, as the microfiber is holding on to everything it picks up, until you wash it!
Testing is also done for the effectiveness of the antibacterial quality of the cloths.
This fact is SUPER important in helping you understand that Norwex IS NOT a scam!
Did You Know?
All testing for antibacterial efficacy in Norwex microfiber products is completed using the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) standard 20743:2007(E) to test its microfiber cloths. ISO is the recognized standardized testing method to determine the antibacterial activity of finished textile products. In the case of Norwex microfiber cloths, this test is used to evaluate the products’ ability to clean itself of bacteria, mold and odors.
“Traditional Cleaning” and Why Norwex is Just Better
Did you know that if you want to DISINFECT a surface with a traditional chemical disinfectant, and kill 99% of the bacteria on the surface, you have to LEAVE the product on the surface for 10 minutes? That’s right. 10 minutes! I’m sorry, but that is just pure C.R.A.Z.Y in my opinion.
This also applies to disinfectant disposable wipes, PLUS you are supposed to wash your hands after using them!
With Norwex Microfiber, you only need a wet cloth and a wipe! Wouldn’t you rather remove everything from the surface right away? Talk about being able to clean faster and more effectively! There’s also no waste. So, you’re saving time. Your saving money. You’re saving the earth!
When it doesn’t work:
If you purchase a Norwex product, and it’s not working based on what you read it could do, Norwex has a 100% satisfaction guarantee. That means that if you contact your consultant within 60 days of purchase, they will return or exchange any products that are damaged or defective to your complete satisfaction! Boom!
PLUS, your Norwex microfiber has a 2-Year Warranty. So, they’re guaranteed to work and last for two years after you receive them. Sweeeeeet! Many customers experience their microfiber lasting longer than 2 years though!
So, do you see now, the real truth about Norwex Microfiber, and that it’s simply the easiest and most effective way to clean?