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Types of Wet Mops

From busy kitchens to school hallways, mops are the simple and effective way to keeping floors sparkling clean. Mops are essential for keeping hard floors clean for each business day. But with the large selection, how do you know which wet mop type is best for your business?

Types of Wet Mops

Cut End Mops

Cut end heads are the basic mop style. Generally the least expensive type of mop head, they are often considered disposable because they have such a low pricetag and can't be laundered. They're typically more absorbent than looped end mops, but they cover a smaller surface area.

Purchasing considerations:

  • Ideal for soaking up spills
  • Economically priced
  • Cannot be laundered
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Looped End Mops

Compared to cut end mops, looped mops provide extra surface area, which lets janitors clean larger areas more quickly. Because of their moderate price and durability, looped end mops have become the most common type of mop head.

Purchasing considerations:

  • More durable than cut end mops
  • Looped ends prevent unraveling
  • Machine washable, except for cotton and poly-cotton blends
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Microfiber Mops

Microfiber mops are made from a combination of polyester and polyamide that easily collects and traps dirt until it is washed. These types of wet mops are the most sanitary of any mop head.

Purchasing considerations:

  • Absorbs up to seven times its weight in liquid
  • Can be washed 500+ times without degrading
  • Hypoallergenic and non-abrasive
  • Eco-friendly and requires fewer chemicals

For more information on microfiber, read this handy guide.

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Mop Characteristics

Yarn Ply:

Yarn ply indicates the number of fibers twisted together to make a single yarn strand in a mop. More plies mean more strength, though a higher ply count doesn't necessarily mean a better quality fabric. Additional strands in adds durability, but it also decreases absorbency. However, it is much more efficient and cost effective to choose a low ply, higher quality yarn than a high ply, low quality yarn.


When looking at mops, it's important to consider the job it'll be doing — and the wringer with which it will be used — for the best results. Additionally, both looped and cut-end mops are sized and measured in ounces ("oz."). On this scale, the higher the ounce rating a mop has, the larger its head will be.


In some mops, there are fibers locked into the yarn that contain an antimicrobial additive. This additive helps protect the mop head from deteriorating by preventing growth bacteria, mold, mildew, and yeast in the mop head.


Mop headbands come in two sizes: narrow and wide. Narrow headbands are 6 1/4” long, and they're typically used with stirrup-type handles. These headbands are useful on finishing-type mops such as this Continental finishing mop. Wide headbands are also 6 1/4” long, but 5” wide so they can be better used with clamp and stirrup-type handles. When it comes to material, mesh bands provide a non-abrasive scrubbing surface and allow the mop to dry quickly to prevent mildew growth.


A mop's absorbency is not directly related to its material — it has more to do with the size of the mop head.

  • Small mop heads typically hold 8 - 10 oz. of liquid
  • Medium mop heads typically hold 16 - 20 oz. of liquid
  • Large mop heads typically hold 24 - 32 oz. of liquid
  • Extra-Large mop heads typically hold 32 - 40 oz. of liquid

Wet Mop Comparison

Machine Washable Uses
100% Cotton
  • Economically priced
  • Disposable
× General purpose cleaning
Poly-Cotton Blend
  • Longer lasting alternative to cotton
  • Disposable
× General purpose cleaning
Rayon Blend
  • Highest quality fabric blend
  • Six times the life of a typical cut end mop
  • Resists mildew
General purpose cleaning
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-abrasive
General purpose cleaning
Finish Mops
  • Perfect for applying finishes, disinfectants, and sealers
  • Releases liquid for faster and smoother finish
Applying floor finish
Machine Washable Uses
100% Cotton
  • Economically priced
  • Use-and-toss (disposable)
× General purpose cleaning
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-abrasive
× General purpose cleaning

Advantages of Color Coded Mops and Cleaning Systems

Color coded mop heads, buckets, and microfiber cloths are excellent tools for preventing cross-contamination in places where bacteria and germs may spread easily. These mops are used in a variety of foodservice facilities like hospitals, schools, and nursing homes.

Industry Standard Color Coding System

Hospitals and other health institutions require a clean and safe facility, and by using color coded mops, workers can better prevent spreading infections and bacteria between rooms.

Wet Mop Care and Mop Storage

Proper care and maintenance of your wet mop can help it last up to five times longer. Plus, the mop will more effectively clean if it's regularly maintained.

  • Clean the mop's head thoroughly in warm water before mopping to make sure that any leftover chemicals are rinsed out. This will help reduce the risk of cross contamination.
  • Don't twist the mop head when it's in the mop wringer to prevent the strands from loosening.
  • Soak the mop head in hot water for up to 10 minutes after you are finished mopping, and then rinse. This helps keep the mop head clean while preventing cross contamination.
  • Never leave a mop in dirty mop water overnight. This can create a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and mildew, and it may also weaken the mop fibers.
  • When storing mops, hang them with the head up after it has dried to prevent mold formation.
  • Machine launder applicable mop heads on a regular basis, as this will help prevent them from breaking down. It is not recommended to wash cut end mops, as they are likely to tangle in the wash.
  • Do not use bleach when washing your microfiber wet mops as this will break down the fibers. Use a mild disinfectant.

  • Suggestion: Designate a different mop head for each different mop job that you are doing, especially if you are using more than one type of floor cleaner.

Wet Mop Accessories

To ensure safety, organization, and convenience, these mop accessories are great add-ons that help keep your business clean.

  • Mop buckets let your employees strain and wet mops after they clean a section of your floor.
  • Wet floor signs give your employees and customers notice when a floor is being cleaned so that they can avoid potential injury.
  • Broom and mop racks help keep your storage area clean, tidy, and organized.
  • Mop handles and accessories allow you to choose the perfect handle for all of your mop heads.

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