How to Choose a Wet Mop

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To accommodate your specific needs, we offer a wide variety of mop yarns as well as new products to help users do their job more efficiently. Let the following information assist you in choosing which mops are right for your needs.


Certain yarns do a specific task better than other yarns. That's why there's such a variety of mops. To get maximum efficiency and value from a wet mop, it's important to select the right yarn for the job.

Industrial Cotton MopheadCottonGood absorption and retention. Low initial cost. Limited shrinkage.Requires break-in. Can lint and dries slow. Promotes mildew and deterioration.General use. Picking up liquids. Scrubbing.
Rayon MopheadRayonQuick absorption and release. Dries fast, mildew resistant. Holds less water so doesn't weigh as much when wet.Shrinks when laundered.
Less liquid retention.
Applying liquids (finishes, disinfectants).
Looped Cotton MopheadLooped CottonGood absorption and retention. Moderate cost. Limited shrinkage. Holds together well, washable.Requires break-in. Can link and dries slow. Promotes mildew and deterioration.General use. Picking up liquids. Scrubbing. Appyling floor finish.
Rayon Finish MopheadLooped RayonQuick absorption and release. Dries fast, mildew resistant. Moderate cost. Holds less fluid so doesn't weigh as much when wet. Holds together well, washable. Excellent longevity.Shrinks when laundered. Less liquid retention.Applying liquids (finishes, disinfectants).
Rough Surface MopheadRough Surface BlendHeavy duty rayon/polyester in woven strips ideal for rough floors like grouted tile and textured floors. Washable. Excellent longevity.Bulkier than string mops. Less liquid retention. Not good for applying finishes.General use on rough surfaces. Scrubbing.

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A yarn's "twist" is a result of how tightly the fiber strands are wound together. While a tightly twisted yarn might be stronger and last longer, it's absorbency may be decreased. Like yarn ply, the best value isn't determined by the yarn's twist, but by the type and quality of the yarn and the mop's construction. A mop with looped-end construction enables the yarn to have a loose twist while eliminating fraying.

Yarn Ply

Yarn ply indicates the number of strands twisted together to make a single yarn strand. More plies give added strength, though higher ply numbers do not necessarily mean higher quality yarn. More strands may add durability but they also decrease absorbency. It's much better and more cost effective to choose a higher quality yarn than a high ply, low quality yarn.


A mop's size should be in relation to the job to be performed, the mop wringer being used and the user's size. Cut-end mops are sized by their approximate weight in ounces. Looped-end mops are sized by industry standards since they absorb and retain much more while also covering a greater surface area than a cut-end mop.

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The cut-end is the standard, most popular and economical (initially) mop style. Cut-end mops fray and unravel, increasing the lint factor and leaving loose strands behind. In addition, without tailbands, cut-end mops cover less area per pass. Since cut-end mops cannot be laundered, they are often considered "disposable" and thrown away before their useful life is over.


The looped-end is a premium style mop designed for superior performance and extended life. There are no ends to fray or unravel as the mop sweeps over the floor surface in a wide, even path. Looped-end mops can be laundered for longer life and cleaner appearance. The initial investment is soon compensated with lower replacements, reduced labor cost and increased performance.


1-1/4" headbands are available for stirrup-type handles and are useful on finishing type mops such as our Medium Rayon Banded Loop looped-end mop. The synthetic mesh material provides nonabrasive scrubbing to help dislodge dirt and to allow quick drying of yarns. Abrasive scrubbing pads can also be included.

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