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Types of Mop Handles

Since cleanliness is a top priority for any facility, you’ll want to select the best mops and mop handles to meet your needs. The question is: what kind of handle will be the most useful, convenient, and cost effective for you and your business?

Mop Dynamics

Mop handles can be split into two different categories: handles with mop frames and handles without mop frames.

Mop handles with frames have attachments that connect the pole to the mop head that is used for cleaning. While not completely necessary for all mop handles, mop frames are often included to ensure easy mop head changes. They also tell you exactly which mop heads are compatible.

Mop handles without frames are often called telescope or telescopic poles. They can be screwed or pressed into various mop frames and heads to allow full customization and can extend and retract to fit any user's height. They are also useful when trying to clean hard-to-reach areas. Be advised, some mop frames and heads may only fit certain types of of telescopic poles. Additional research is required to figure out which frames and heads are compatible.

Mop Handles With Frames

Jaw Release

Continental Wilen A70602 Mop Handle 60 inch Jaw Style
  • Teeth clamp to mop head
  • User never has to touch dirty mop head
  • For high-traffic and low-traffic areas
  • Ideal for wide-band mop heads
  • Handle and frame may pick up excess dirt from mop head
  • Only used with wet mop heads
Thumbwheel Quick Release

Continental Wilen A70302 Mop Handle 60 inch Quick Release
  • Can change mop head with a turn of the wheel
  • User never has to touch dirty mop head
  • For high-traffic and low-traffic areas
  • Ideal for narrow-band mop heads
  • Handle and frame may pick up excess dirt from mop head
  • Only used with wet mop heads
Wedge Release

Continental Wilen C903000 Wedge Dust Mop Handle/Frame
  • Wire holds the mop head
  • Easy to replace the mop head
  • For high-traffic and low-traffic areas
  • Handle and frame may pick up excess dirt from mop head
  • Wire can bend over time
  • Only used with dry mop heads

24 inch x 5 inch All-In-One Dust Mop
  • Includes a handle, frame, and mop head
  • Available for both dry and wet mop usages
  • Handle and frame may pick up excess dirt from mop head
  • Not for high-traffic areas
  • User has to touch dirty mop head to take it off the frame
  • Included dry mop head will need to be replaced after multiple uses
  • Included wet mop head sponge can deteriorate

Things to Consider


  • Wet mop heads– mop material used with water to absorb dirt and/or spilled liquids from the floor (usually a material that is not replaced after each use, but may be laundered)
  • Dry mop heads – mop material used for dusting, sweeping, and picking up small particles from the floor (usually a disposable pad)


Weight may vary depending on your mop handle's material. Will a thick wooden handle and wet mop head be too heavy for your busy staff to use? Since wet mop heads absorb water, they can weigh more than dry mop heads. Depending on which style you are using, weight might be something to think about when comparing products.


Having a mop head or mop frame that fits your mop handle is imperative. By using the wrong frame, it is possible that your mop will not work as effectively or get damaged.

For more information on wet mop heads, read through our wet mop buying guide to decide which type is best for you and your cleaning needs.


Keep in mind that individuals with smaller hands may not be as comfortable holding a mop handle with a thicker diameter. However, thinner poles may not be as structurally sturdy as thicker poles. Decide which mop will work best for you and your employees and make sure the handle is at a comfortable diameter.


Aluminum Handle

  • Longest product life
  • Sturdy structure
  • Nonporous
  • Light and easy to use
  • Recyclable
  • Modern look with a lasting finish
  • Must be cleaned to prevent bacterial growth in crevices
  • More expensive
Wood Handle

  • Long product life if maintained properly
  • Sturdy structure
  • Can have antimicrobial protection
  • Recyclable
  • Traditional look and feel
  • May be porous if not sealed, which could lead to mold and bacteria growth
  • Antimicrobial protective layer is more expensive
  • Heavy and harder to use
Plastic Handle

  • Nonporous
  • Light and easy to use
  • Budget-friendly
  • Shortest product life
  • Non-biodegradable
  • Less durable
  • Must be cleaned to prevent bacterial growth in crevices

Color code system

By using color coded mops, workers can better prevent spreading infections and bacteria between rooms in hospitals, health institutions, and other areas. With each mop designated to a certain area, cleanliness can be controlled.

Maintenance Tips

Mop handles can house bacteria that cause odors, stains, and create a harmful environment for the user if not properly maintained. Prohibit the growth of bacteria with a model that has an antimicrobial layer of protection. It is wise to wash mop heads frequently or purchase mop heads that are disposable after use. By doing this, the chances of bacteria growth are minimized.

Handles with reusable mop heads should be hung and left to dry in a ventilated area. If there is no ventilation, a wet mop will stay wet and harmful bacteria will begin to grow. If this happens, do not bleach the mop handle, frame, or head, as this can cause erosion and shorten the lifespan of the entire mop. Instead, thoroughly clean the mop with soap and water. If bacteria or mold growth is clearly visible, you may want to dispose of the mop. Cleaning your mops after every use is a sure way of increasing their longevity.


Mop buckets

Mop buckets come in a variety of colors and can be bought to match your mop and mop holder. If you are using a wet mop head, a mop bucket is helpful for mopping in a big space or room. It also aids in transport from one room to another. The mop bucket holds your water and allows you to strain excess liquid from your wet mop head so that you can clean expertly and efficiently.


Using signs is a good way to keep your employees and customers uninjured during the cleaning process. Wet floor signs let everyone know to watch their step as they are walking in a certain area. Without it, workers and customers may be likely to slip and fall.

Mop handle extensions

For ease of use, you might consider an attachment to elongate your handle. With an extension,
you can clean hard-to-reach places better. They come in a variety of sizes and you can choose how much of an extension you want or need.

To see the entire selection of mop accessories, you can view the mops and mopping accessories category.

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