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.
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- Ideal for soaking up spills
- Economically priced
- Cannot be laundered
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.
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- More durable than cut end mops
- Looped ends prevent unraveling
- Machine washable, except for cotton and poly-cotton blends
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.
For more information on microfiber, read this handy guide.
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- 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
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