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Choosing and Using a Wet Mop for Effective Cleaning

Choosing the right mopping tool for the job will increase productivity as well as product performance. Chemicals have become more sophisticated in recent years, yet the mop remains the most common tool for applying these new products. Using mopping tools that will save labor and reduce application costs is beneficial.

The determining factors should be size, content, construction and application process. A wet mop should be sized both to the person who will be mopping and to the wringer with which it will be used. The operator’s physical size and strength should properly match the mop size to prevent worker fatigue and low productivity.



Mop Construction


Looped End:

Although the initial cost is slightly higher, these mop heads deliver longer life with superior on-the-floor performance and greater productivity. This mop head is less likely to fray or unravel. A tail band assures wide, gap-free “spread” for maximum productivity. Tail bands also eliminate yarn tangling and snagging. Looped end mop heads can be laundered and reused over and over. They last far longer than cut-end mop heads. These mop heads come in Small, Medium, and Large.

Headbands: Available in 1 1/4" and 5" widths. Extra stitching holds mop strands securely. All headbands on looped end wet mops are color coded by size for quick identification of inventory and department use separation.

Tailbands: Tailbands improve coverage control. They enable the mop to cover a wider path saving time and labor. Tailbands prevent tangling and permit laundering.



Cut End:

These mop heads are the economical solution, being generally lowest in initial cost. Over time, cut-end mop heads will fray and unravel, creating lint and leaving loose strands behind. In addition, cut end mop heads leave gaps between yarn strands and have limited "spread", thus covering less area per pass. Some models have tail bands, which reduce these shortcomings. Since cut-end mop heads should not be laundered, their useful life is limited.





Yarn Types


cotton mop head

Cotton fibers are popular because of their low initial cost, limited shrinkage and great absorption. Cotton picks up 2 to 3 times its weight. We offer several piles of cotton each designed for particular tasks from everyday mopping to highly abrasive surfaces.







Rayon fibers have fast absorption. They are mildew resistant, lint less and dry fast. Rayon is designed to pick up 6 to 7 times its weight but it has no retention capabilities and, therefore, is an excellent finish mop.






Blends combine all the advantages of several different fibers to provide the ideal balance of price, performance, and appearance. Highly absorbent, blends pick up and hold 6 to 7 times their weight. They require no break-in.







Microfiber mops are constructed with 100% continuous filament microfiber woven fabrics sewn into the tubes, which makes this the best yarn for lint-free mopping applications. The microfiber yarn increases the surface friction for superior cleaning as compared to traditional wet mops.

Sold with wide head band (5") and looped ends.






Mop Selection Guide

Rayon (cut end): Queen Wet Mop

Microfiber (Looped end): Microfiber String Mop

Cotton, Rayon Blend (Looped End): Looped End "Value Plus"

Cotton, Rayon Blend (Looped End): Industrial Loop

Cotton, Polyester Blend (Looped End): Rough Floor Mop



Best For...

Daily Mopping: Industrial Loop or Rayon Mop
Floor Drying: Industrial Loop or Blockade
Laundering: Blockade or Industrial Loop
Apply Floor Finish:  Floor Finish Mop