Commercial Mops

by Lawton Brothers | Mar 18, 2021


Wet mops are a common staple in most businesses. Used for cleaning large messes and combatting floor stains as well as the general upkeep of your facility, selecting the right mop is an important decision. Each type of mop is designed for a specific application, where it will outshine its compatriots and provide your team with the best possible results. 

Features to Consider

Many of us are unaware of the different options we have when it comes to wet mopping. Most likely, you have a specific image in mind when someone first says the word ‘mop’. However, there are nine different features that make up each mop and can influence your cleaning process. 

Looped/Cut-End :  These mops are likely what you conjured up at the beginning of this article. The ‘looped-end’ and ‘cut-end’ refers to how the end of the mop is constructed. While one is a continuous strand that loops back to the head of the mop, the other has strands that start at the head and end at the tail. Cut-end mops are considered the basic household mop. They are perfect for soaking up big spills as they are more absorbent than looped-end mops, but often leave gaps and lint due to the size limitation. The larger and more affordable option is the looped-end mop. This mop style can be laundered and will last up to 8x longer than cut-end styles. 

Absorbency: Absorbency refers to the amount of liquid the mop can hold at any given time. A lower absorbency will leave behind water and cleaning agents that can increase drying time and cause a buildup of grime over time. A greater absorbency will clean up spills quickly to allow for a fast drying time, reducing inconvenience to building occupants and visitors.  

Release: Release is the opposite of absorbency – it refers to how well the mop disperses cleaning solutions onto the floor and releases spills and contaminants back into the bucket during wringing. A higher release will allow for an efficient application without leaving streaking and residue. 

Durability: While durability is strongly correlated with the yarn type and mop-end type, this is referred to as the ‘strength’ of the mop. More durable mops have a longer life-span and will outlast others in terms of broken down fibers, discoloration, and odor. 

Yarn Type: The material of the mop head affects absorbency, durability, launderability, and release. Mops come in microfiber, cotton, rayon, and blended types. 

Launderability: How long your mop will last is affected by how many times the head can be commercially washed before it is no longer effective. When first using a new mop head, consider pre-laundering to reduce linting/shrinkage and help break it in. 

Headband/Tailband: The headband will determine what type of mop handle to use and can affect durability. Tailbands help prevent the tangling of your mop strands. This helps provide even coverage on each pass and can extend the life of your mop.

Size: The size of mop needed depends on the area your staff cleans as well as the physical size of the user. Larger mops cover more ground and will take less time, but can fatigue workers whose stature isn’t large enough to operate a large mop. 

Color: Most often, the color of the mop head is used by the facility and operators to ensure it is used for a specific task/area. Using a different colored mop head for the bathrooms can prevent it from being used in the kitchen and other common areas. Additionally, if you know that your facility often encounters spills and stains, it may be a good decision to choose a darker-colored mop head to prevent it from staining as well. 

Selecting a Mop

Now that you know what makes up a mop choice, let’s look at the best choices for your common needs.

  • For light spills and everyday cleaning – try blended wet mops and reusable microfiber wet mops.
    • Blended mops are extremely absorbent and have high liquid retention. This allows for speedier cleanup of liquids from the floor.
    • Reusable microfiber wet mops are a great option when cleaning rougher floors thanks to their durability. When laundered properly, these mop heads can be cleaned up to 500 times.
  • For disinfecting floors – synthetic mops are the best choice due to their release and chemical resistance. Additionally, these mop heads can be treated with antimicrobial products to prevent bacteria and odor.
    • Rayon wet mops are resistant to mildew and mold growth, making them a great option.
    • Blend wet mops are a combination of cotton and synthetic fibers. While these will have a shorter life span for disinfecting, they have multiple main uses and are better for the environment.
    • Disposable microfiber wet mops (think Swiffer Wet Jets) are great when concerned with cross-contamination as they are used only once before being replaced.
  • For stripping floors – you will want a low-cost mop as this process is time-consuming and difficult.
    • Cotton wet mops are some of the most common. They are relatively cheap and have the ability to release a large amount of stripper at once, making them a top choice when applying floor strippers.
  • For finishing floors – use looped-end mops to prevent lint from being left behind in the finish, with a tailband to assist with even application. When applying floor finish, look for a mop head with good release as well.
    • Rayon wet mops are the best option for restoring a floor. Made from cellulose, this type has good release and has minimal chances of linting.


      Making a Decision

      The world of commercial cleaning is as broad as it is specific. With a seemingly endless amount of options and multiple variables to consider, making the right selection can be daunting. Don’t research alone; let Lawton Brothers help! With 74 years of experience in the industry, you can relax knowing that our professionals are on the case. Have a specific project coming up or looking for more information on commercial mopping? Give us a call today at 800.432.0813 to see what options are best for your business.

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