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A Quick Buyer’s Guide to Janitorial Mops

If this is the first time you’ll be tasked to buy wet mops for your business, you may be wondering why there are so many available options and what makes them different.

Although all mops serve the same purpose, not all mops are created equal. Knowing the difference between the common types of janitorial mops can easily help you buy a high quality product that lasts longer and is more suited to your needs:

Our Basic Wet Mops

The Kingfish is made from tightly-twisted long staple rayon, which helps control linting and offers a quick pick up and release. This mop is a great choice for laying finish. The Barracuda blends rayon and cotton for superior absorbency and no break-in period. The long staple fibers used in the Barracuda mean less linting and longer life. For general purpose use, there’s no better option than the Porpoise, made from long staple, tightly-twisted cotton fibers. This mop is a great choice for tough jobs, and its construction means a longer life and less linting.

A Quick Buyer’s Guide to Janitorial Mops

Looped End Mops

These mops are popular among cleaning professionals due to their larger surface area, which leads to cleaning larger areas faster. Its design also makes it a more durable option since the looped ends do not unravel.

Microfiber Mops

These mops sport a combination of polyester and polymide, trapping dirt and other debris within until they are washed out. Due to this feature, they are often seen as the most sanitary option. The mop is also hypoallergenic, making it a good choice for those with allergic rhinitis.

Once you’ve identified the type of commercial mop you prefer, you’ll need to take the time to assess the properties of a mop. Some of the factors you should take a look at include:

Yarn Ply

Yarn ply shows the number of fibers that were twisted together in each yarn strand on a mop. The rule of thumb states that the higher the yarn ply is, the more durable the mop you have.


The absorbency of a mop denotes how much liquid it can hold until wringing the mop is required. This is usually affected by how large the mop head is:

  • Small: 8 to 10 oz. of liquid
  • Medium: 16 to 20 oz. of liquid
  • Large: 24 to 32 oz. of liquid
  • Extra Large: 32 to 40 oz. of liquid

Anti-microbial Properties

Many modern mops come with fibers that have been treated with an anti-microbial additive to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast. This may be a useful feature if you anticipate heavy usage. Don’t be afraid to consult manufacturers like ETC of Henderson.


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