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Wet Mops

What Type of Mop Head to Choose?

Choose natural cotton for general mopping. Rayon is ideal for finishing. Looped end/tailband mops reduce linting, fraying and unraveling. The tailband also prevents tangles and provides more coverage with each stroke.

Yarns:

Yarn Type

Advantages

Applications

Cotton

• Highly absorbent
• Economical
• Good liquid retention

• General cleaning
• Quick spill pick-up

Rayon

• Highly absorbent
• Little break-in required
• Good release of liquids
• Holds 6-7 times its weight in
   water
• Mildew resistant

• Floor finish applications
• Application of chemicals
• General cleaning

Blended

(Rayon/Cotton/Polyester) (Rayon/Polyester)

• Highly absorbent
• No break-in required
• Great for laundering
• Yarn color choices for
   color-coding
• Durable stable fibers
• Holds 6-7 times its weight in
   water

• Healthcare
• Application of chemicals
• General cleaning

Knitted Cotton/Polyester Fleece Blend

• Highly absorbent
• High tensile strength
• No linting
• Yarn color choices for
   color-coding

• Foodservice
• Rough surfaces

Microfiber

• Inherent ability to clean
   without chemicals
• Great launderability
   (200-500 times)
• Lightweight
• No linting
• Color choices for
   color-coding
• Good release of liquids
• Holds 7 times its weight in
   water

• Healthcare
• Floor finish applications
• General cleaning

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

• Environmentally responsible
• Washable and fast drying
• Low linting
• Good release of liquids
• Holds more than 4.4 times its
   weight in water

• Healthcare
• Schools and universities
• Government agencies
• Office buildings

Construction:

Construction Type

Advantages

Cut End

• Low cost

Loop End (Tailbands)

• Launderable
• Durable
• Wider floor coverage
• Prevents tangling
• Faster mopping for labor
   savings

Flat Mop

• Launderable
• Durable
• Lightweight
• Prevents tangling
• Faster mopping for labor
   savings

Headband Size*

Material

Applications

1¼” Narrowband

Polyester Weave

• Economical mops
• Launderable mops

5″, 7″, 9″ Widebands

7-oz. Polyester Twill

• Launderable mops
• Heavy scrubbing mops

5″, 7″, 9″ Widebands

Vinyl Mesh

• Launderable mops
• Scrubbing mops

* The narrowband is usually applied to a cut end type mop that is used for a short time and then disposed of. The wideband is usually applied to a looped mop that may be laundered many times.

Are There Mops for Special Uses?

There are mops with a built-in scrub pad, anti-skid mops, rough floor mops, cleanroom mops, antimicrobial mops and special finishing mops. Some styles are available in different colors; color-coded by mopping use.

What is the Proper Mop Handle?

This depends on the mop head style, the headband size and special features desired. A standard head uses a clamp style handle; a saddleback head uses a clamp or gripper style handle; a lieflat head requires a lieflat screw-in handle. Some handles hold only mop heads with a certain size headband. There are antimicrobial handles and quick-change handles, and handles with various connecting mechanisms.

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