Here is some more great information about the reusable Skoy Cloths from the Frequently Asked Questions on the Skoy website:
1) How long does a SKOY last?
Since SKOY is reusable and washable it can last a very long time, some people still use them after a year. A normal life cycle of a SKOY cloth starts in the kitchen to wipe countertops and table tops. After using the SKOY for a week or two in the kitchen, it can be renewed in the washer and “downgraded” for indoor cleaning such as floors, bathrooms, etc. After a few months in this stage, being washed a couple of times, the SKOY can then be used for outdoor messes, such as wiping patio furniture as well as for garage use. This is the great thing with SKOY, it can be used over and over again.
2) On what surfaces can I use a SKOY?
SKOY works best on hard surfaces, such as counter tops, table tops, bookshelves, etc.
3) Can I use SKOY to clean furniture upholstery or to suck up a stain from a carpet?
SKOY is mainly intended for hard surfaces. If you want to try to use SKOY on textile surfaces then we recommend to use our white SKOY, since in rare cases a colored SKOY could discolor the textile.
4) Can I use SKOY in other places besides the kitchen?
Yes. Our customers use SKOY in many places: kitchen, bathroom, office, garage, boat, automobile, patio, camping, etc. Our golfers have reported that they also are great for cleaning golf clubs.
5) What is the difference between SKOY and a microfiber cloth?
The biggest difference is that SKOY is made from natural materials and is 100% biodegradable, while microfiber cloths are made from synthetic materials. In other words, SKOY is more earth-friendly. Our experience also show that a SKOY cloth absorbs liquids better than a microfiber cloths and as such is superior for kitchen use. Finally, we think that SKOY feels better in your hand when using it.
6) How is SKOY a greener cleaning solution than paper towels, both end up on the landfill and both are biodegradable?
It is true that both SKOY and paper towels end up on the landfill (unless you have a compost) and that both are biodegradable. However, there is a big and important difference — a paper towel you can only use once, while a SKOY can be used over and over again. In an average household, each SKOY cloth saves 15 rolls of paper towels!
7) Why is reducing the use of paper towels a big deal?
According to EPA USA generates 250 million tons of trash per year, of which around 34% is paper. That is 85 million tons of paper waste per year! Reducing paper-towel waste has many important benefits:
Less paper waste reduces greenhouse gases in multiple ways:
a) reduces transportation required to haul goods/packages,
b) reduces energy needed to make goods/packages,
c) reduces fuel consumed in hauling waste to landfill, and
d) reduces methane in landfill from decomposing paper.
Using less paper towels means cutting down less trees, which reduces the risk of deforestation.
Of course, some paper towels use more recycled material than others, but in the end you make paper from trees. “17 trees are consumed to make one ton of paper towels” (American Dryer web site)
Using less paper towels means we can use less chemicals and waste less water needed to produce paper towels. “Even before the paper towels are used, each ton has claimed 20,000 gallons of water in chemical cleansing.” (Wikipedia)
Using less paper towels means using up less landfill resources.
“A decrease in U.S. household consumption of just three rolls per year would save 120,000 tons of waste and $4.1 million landfill dumping fees.” Arizona State University
Imagine every household saving 15 rolls for each SKOY…!
8) What material is SKOY made out of?
SKOY is made from a unique blend of natural cotton and cellulose from wood.
9) Can I put my old SKOY in my compost?
Yes, SKOY is both biodegradable and compostable. An independent composting test showed that SKOY broke down completely within 5 weeks (16 weeks in a city landfill).
10) Will microwaving SKOY really kill the bacteria?
According to a scientific study microwaving a wet sponge for 2 minutes is an effective method to sterilize it and kill the bacteria.
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