This is where it all began. These two cloths are an inseparable team. A person can clean their entire house with these two guys, if necessary, however, additional tools make cleaning even simpler. As you explore my site further you will see specific household chores and the products I tend to favor to successfully accomplish my cleaning tasks. For now, let’s take a look at the basic team.
“Bert” (also known as the enviro cloth, comes in four colors: blue, red, green & yellow)(has silver embedded in the microfiber so is antibacterial):
Use dry for dusting. Do NOT use furniture polish or any other cleaning agent on the cloth. The product employs static electricity to remove dust & dirt, preventing dirt from resettling back onto surfaces. Dust is held inside the cloth rather than being smeared or sent airborne. Lint & pet hair can be removed from furniture & clothing as well when used dry. Shake or use Rubber Brush to remove visible dust, as needed & keep cleaning.
Use damp for both general cleaning & cleaning heavily soiled areas. Cleans everything using ONLY WATER (no chemicals)! Use on all surfaces that need to be cleaned (indoors or out) which would normally be cleaned with soap &/or cleaning solvents. The damp cloth removes dirt, water, grease & ALL unsanitary residues, leaving a micro-organism-free surface. It is not necessary to saturate the cloth as the microfiber is doing the work, not the water. Use on walls, windows, mirrors, screens, floors, vehicles, electronic devices, toys, tools, kitchen & bathroom areas (appliances, taps, sinks, tubs, counters, toilets…), & wood work. It is also a great stain remover on carpets, upholstery & clothing (just spray the area with water & scrub with the “Bert” to remove the stain). For more stubborn fabric stains, repeat daily over a week’s time.
Remember to fold the cloth in half twice to have the shape of a square; this gives you 8 flat surfaces to clean with. Use, flip over & continue to do this until all surfaces are used. Rinse the cloth in warm water as necessary & continue cleaning.
“Ernie”(also known as the window cloth, is always purple) (has silver embedded in the microfiber so is antibacterial):
“Ernie” is designed to be used dry (like a paper towel) to dry & polish surfaces that have been cleaned with “Bert” leaving a beautiful lint-free, streak-free shine. Use on windows, mirrors, crystal, glass, brushed & stainless steel, chrome, polished or brushed metals, knick-knacks, & other shiny surfaces. NOTE: if streaks appear the cloth is either too wet or the cloth is dirty. First, try to let cloth dry for a while before using again. If you still get streaking it is time to launder your cloth.
Please note: “Bert” & “Ernie” (the enviro & polishing cloth) are an inseparable team. “Bert” needs “Ernie” to remove water streaks and leave a sparkling surface behind after he has finished cleaning a surface.
TIP: I hang my “Bert/Ernie” pairs on command hooks for easy access & air drying.
In my home I have a blue “Bert/Ernie” pair hanging near my kitchen sink, used specifically for kitchen cleaning tasks, a pink “Bert/Ernie” pair hanging on the back of my bathroom door for quick bathroom cleaning, a green “Bert/Ernie” pair in my linen closet for general household cleaning, and a yellow” Bert” (known in my household as the dirty bird) hanging near the service door of our garage. This is the guy who gets the call when the dirty jobs happen in my family (vomit in the van, stools tracked across carpet, bird poop on the slide…you get the picture). Dirty bird gets boiled after his call to action as I know what he has been up to. FYI: I have a special pan to boil dirty bird in as I have issues eating soup from the pan that boils my puke rags…this is entirely up to you.
How is Norwex’s microfiber different than the “stuff” readily available in stores (industry standard microfiber)?
- Industry standard microfiber is 1/6th of a human hair. Norwex microfiber is more than 1/200th of a human hair. It removes dirt, debris & living elements from the surfaces that we clean, leaving you with a cleaner clean. Industry standard microfiber cannot come close to the removal rates of Norwex.
- Norwex microfiber is denser per square inch than industry standard microfiber. It grabs and holds on to more dirt, debris & living elements. “Cleaning grime” is not then transferred from surface to surface as they are with lower grade microfiber products, paper towels, rags, or standard mop heads.
- Norwex embeds silver into the core of their microfiber strand. Silver is a natural antimicrobial which allows your cleaning tools to self-sanitize rather than grow & reproduce. Microfiber does NOT self-clean. I wish I could tell you it did, but it doesn’t. Products must be laundered to maintain good cleaning performance. See basic care instructions for more details.
What is conventional cleaning?:
Conventional cleaning is what we do, it’s what we know, it’s how we were raised. Think for a minute about how you clean pretty much any surface in your home (countertops, windows, floors, toilet bowl, etc.). We do it all the same: apply cleaning solution to the surface then wipe, wipe, wipe, wipe.
Problems with conventional cleaning:
- Chemicals are applied to every surface in our home. Our skin, our largest organ, comes in contact with them & they leach into our bodies all day long.
- Cleaning tools (paper towels, rags, mop heads) are made from cotton or polyester fibers that are large & round. They are not effective in removing dirt, debris or living elements from the surfaces we “clean”. What they do really well is spread those elements into a thin even layer that temporarily looks better, of course smells like chemicals, so smells “clean”, but NOT clean.
- Once the soapy solvent in our household cleaner is spread into a thin even layer, it dries quickly. It is sticky & attracts dirt, debris & living elements like a magnet right back to the surface we just “cleaned” so the results we achieve are short-lived. Who hasn’t washed a window only to wake to streaks when the morning sun passes through pane the next day? It’s maddening. It’s NOT clean!!
So how is microfiber cleaning different?
The Norwex system is a microfiber cleaning system. Microfiber is simply a cotton or polyester strand that is split length-wise making a much finer fibered material or “microfiber” strand that is woven into cleaning tools (cloths, dust mitts, mop heads, etc.). The microfibers work like tiny fingers to grab onto dirt, debris, & living elements, removing them from the surface leaving you a sanitized surface using the product either dry or with just water…no household chemicals needed. No cleaning residuals left behind. The surface is simply clean USING JUST WATER & A MICROFIBER TOOL!