For wet floor mopping how do you choose what mop you use?

The mop is a simple, practical tool in the cleaner’s kit, yet how much thought is given to the choice of mop when purchasing your cleaning consumables?

Mops and the effectiveness of mopping in the cleaning process are probably undervalued.  To some mops are relatively low-cost and given very little thought as to what is provided to the cleaner.   It could be argued few people appreciate the importance of the correct use of manual cleaning equipment and unfortunately its value, to the extent that a considerable number view it as disposable.

Colour coded mops help prevent cross contamination

Coloured mops if used as part of a colour coded system help prevent cross contamination during the cleaning process

Perhaps, that is the problem, the simplicity of the mop means many will think a mop is a mop, is a mop.  When in-fact, mops are available in a wide range materials, fibres and finishes.  Especially when you consider most customer premises are different so adopting a one size fits all approach to wet mopping is of limited use.

To get the best value understanding what is on the market may help get the best from your cleaning consumables budget.  In broad terms there are two mop styles, Socket mops and Kentucky mop heads

Socket mops

These types of mop are by far the most commonly used within the cleaning industry. The reason why they are so commonly used is due to the fact that they are suitable for a variety of tasks and that they are used in work areas less than 30-40m.

The traditional mop has a metal socket and is attached to a wooden stave; however, the use of coloured plastic varieties is becoming ever more prevalent throughout the industry as they will prevent the spread of bacteria as part of colour coded cleaning systems. The plastic sockets attach to plastic coated metal handles that usually incorporate a rubber grip at the top, which makes it more comfortable when wringing. Also, plastic fittings make attaching and detaching mop heads much easier for the user.

Socket Mop types

Socket Mops in different yarns and formats including exel py mop, exel big white mop, exel revolution mop and exel twine mop

Kentucky Mops

The main difference from a socket mop is that Kentucky Mops have a much longer yarn and are stitched in the middle using a polyester band to secure the yarn fibres and maintain its shape. The polyester band can also have an abrasive texture to enable the removal of stubborn stains and dirt from the surface being cleaned.

Again, like socket mops, they can be attached to ordinary wooden staves. This is done with the use of a metal “clip and plate”. However, coloured plastic clip and plate attachments are readily available and can be attached and detached more easily than the traditional metal designs.

Kentucky Mops are particularly effective for cleaning large areas of flooring and can also be used for laying floor polish. However, they can only be used in conjunction with the appropriate wringer bucket.

Kentucky mop types

Kentucky mops in different yarns and formats including: Prairie Hygiemix kentucky mop, Roughneck kentucky mop, Stayflat looped kentucky mop and Hygiemix kentucky mop

Mops and the different yarn types

Cotton yarn mops are available made from pure cotton yarn (PY), twine and multi-fold formats. PY is a thick absorbent yarn ideal for everyday use, twine threads are thinner and its durability is ideal for a more professional job, such as the Kentucky Twine Mop Head whereas multi-fold yarns is made for heavier duties, similar to Kentucky Multi-fold Mop.

Many of the mops made with the various different yarns are further supplied in either cut-end or looped versions.  Generally, these are low-cost, traditional mops, such as the Exel Mop, that are made with a colour coded ferrule to help reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

Increasingly popular for those looking for a more cost-effective alternative to the traditional PY and Twine mops are those mops that use a non-woven fabric, such as the Exel Big White Mop. They are lighter to use, lint free and because they are absorbent they leave floors dryer.

Mops mentioned above are machine launderable, follow manufacturer’s instructions.

Mop types

The most common mop type is a cut-end mop, where the yarn has been cut to the desired length. Whilst cost-effective, these mops can be seen as semi-disposable due to the fact cut-ends can deteriorate quicker than other mop types.  The Exel PY mop head is a popular example of a cut-end mop

The construction of looped yarn mops can last longer and the looped ends improve absorbency which means floors can be cleaner with less effort, plus the looped yarn ensures no broken strands are left on the floor.  Being longer lasting helps provide good value for money.

Banded mops, such as the Exel Revolution Mop and Stayflat Kentucky Mop feature a band around the mop that helps to retain the shape to ensure more of the mop stays on the floor for fast, effective mopping.

Different mop yarns, left to right: twine kentucky mop in looped format, a multi-yarn kentucky mop and a py exel mop cut-end

Different mop yarns, left to right: twine kentucky mop in looped format, a multi-yarn kentucky mop and a py exel mop cut-end

Value for money mopping

It is all well and good choosing a mop head but if looking at overall value for money it is worth factoring in what mop handles and mop buckets are available and their cost to replace.

It is important that your cleaning staff learn the importance of the role the equipment plays in the overall delivery of your cleaning service as well as developing an understanding of the importance in cleaning and maintaining equipment to retain its efficiency for longer.  Cleaning equipment should be cleaned after use, mops can be laundered or rinse them through with your floor cleaning detergent. Wring them out, turn the mop and handle upside down and leave to dry hanging up in a well-ventilated room.

If you need help or advice on mopping equipment, floor cleaning chemicals, cleaning protocols or techniques etc. then do get in-touch – we like to help.

Have you had problems applying emulsion floor polish?

Some of the most common problems we hear of when applying emulsion floor polish can often be overcome through good preparation and a applying a little bit of know-how.

Some possible causes and solutions to the issues that we encounter on a regular basis, for instance, such as a poor finish or streaking effect to the polish is often due to poor preparation. To help reduce hassle, frustration and save time from having to re-strip the polish and apply a fresh coat provided below are some pointers that may be of help next time you are applying or maintaining emulsion floor polish.

Solutions to poor finish or streaking

Whether you are applying products such as Jangro Wet Look Floor Polish to vinyl flooring, rubber, asphalt or sealed wood the approach should always ensure that cleaning equipment be it mops or applicators for applying polish is clean.   Typical application issues include either the polish having been applied too thinly, which can happen if the polish has been diluted, remember unless otherwise instructed by the manufacturer do not dilute emulsion floor polish.  If the polish has been applied too thickly the options would be to re-treat or spray burnishing the floor may help. If a floor is especially old or porous further coats of polish may be needed.

Shiny checked floor and floor polish

Good preparation ensures for a well finished floor polish

Solutions to slippery floor surfaces

The issues with slippery floors are well documented but what can be the cause and more importantly how to correct the problem.  Accidental spraying of silicone furniture polish, spilling of oil, water and food on the floor can contribute to a slippery floor surface.  In such instances ensure prompt action is taken to remove by mopping or spray cleaning.  Excess dust on the floor should be swept away and possibly consider the use of placing dust mats at the entrances to reduce the amount of dust entering the premises.

Solutions to powdering of floor polish

If powdering of the floor polish occurs it may well be due to a number of factors such as poor preparation, the floor not being neutralised before treatment or the floor was damp when the polish was applied.  In such circumstances the best approach is to strip and re-apply the floor polish.  To help overcome powdering it is worth considering avoiding humid and cold environments and ensuring the polish has been left in room temperature conditions before applying.  It would be preferable to also avoid strong alkali cleaners and instead look for neutral floor cleaners.

Solutions to poor durability of floor polish

Often when insufficient coats of polish have been applied to old and porous floors, especially when a water based floor seal has not been used, may well cause issues with the durability of the polish.  Other causes may be the incorrect use of either cleaning equipment such as floor pads, when a softer floor pad would be more suitable. As mentioned previously neutral floor cleaning chemicals are always preferable for a longer, lasting finish.

Wet look floor polish fopr wooden floors

Wooden floors are enhanced and last longer through well applied floor polish

Solutions to machine bloom of floor polish

Maintaining large floor areas is always much simpler and convenient with a floor cleaning machine.  To make the best of your floor polish it is worth a routine check that the floor pads or brush being used is the correct type and clean.   Often if too much polish has been applied try spray cleaning with a mild alkali cleaner and a red floor pad to cut back the excess floor polish.  Another reminder if using a floor maintainer such as Jangro Perfumed Floor Maintainer is to check the dilution rate, not to over-use and spray only a fine mist onto the immediate floor area you are working on.

As well as the popular Jangro Wet Look Floor Polish,  Wray Bros also supplies alternative polishes such as Jangro High Traffic Floor Polish and Jangro Floor Polish & Cleaner. Look out for further articles regarding problem solving floor polish stripper and floor seal issues.

Don’t forget to get in-touch if we can help with your floor care problems, also if you are interested in floor care training we can help to make your floor and you look good.


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