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Dust Mops: Choosing The Best Value

Everything from the type of yarn, the make of the handle, the style of its backing and the overall durability of a dust mop defines how well or how differently it will perform when put to the dust cleaning test. If you want your mop to pass, browse these simple descriptions of the most popular things that make up a dust mop.


The yarn on a dust mop acts as a magnet for collecting dust particles. This is the most important piece of any dust mop, as it is designed to pick up debris, dirt and dust from floor surfaces.

The yarn is made to clean wood and composition floors, tables and other smooth areas. The majority of yarn types are made of cotton, mainly because it is economical. It can withstand laundering, but must be regularly checked for frayed edges or untwisting of the yarn threads.

yarn dust mop

yarn dust mop


Backings for dust mops are made to be mildew resistant. Most of the ones offered today are synthetic to make them stronger and more resistant to abrasion. A dust mop backing will not require any type of treatment over time as all mop treatment is directed toward the yarn, which is responsible for doing all the cleaning.

Choosing the right backing for your dust mop solely depends on the make of the mop’s handle. The most popular handle types are threaded, tapered and metal tip. Each has a different range of motion when it comes to the swivel of the mop.

Backings used to be constructed primarily of cotton but have now become more synthetic because it dries faster and lasts longer. Every handle has a specific frame designed to fit in one of the backing styles listed below:

  • open back dust mop
    Open Back
  • slot pocket dust mop
    Slot Pocket
  • key hole dust mop
    Key Hole
  • break away dust mop
    Break Away
  • snap pocket dust mop
    Snap Pocket
  • zipline pocket dust mop
    Zipline Pocket


Mops with a cut-end style are good for less demanding cleaning jobs. It is more economical in price and is not intended for heavy use. It also cannot be laundered. If it is laundered, the yarn will unravel and fray. While these types of mops have less of a surface area to clean, it can pick up finer particles on the floor due to its cut ends.

Cut-end dust mops come in the two styles listed below:

  • Sewn: A center fringe is sewn in for added coverage.
  • Tufted: A short cluster of yarn strands grouped close together.

cut-end style mop


This type of dust mop construction helps get rid of potential fraying of the yarn. The yarn strands that protrude from the mop are not cut but rather looped back and sewn in. This method gives the mop more of a surface area to cover, increases its strength and helps the mop collect more dust. Because this style of mop has no loose ends, it will last longer. Looped-end dust mops can also withstand laundering and is less vulnerable to tangling and deterioration over time.


looped-end style mop


Here are some things to look for when purchasing a durable dust mop:

  • Pre-shrunk backing: This prevents the yarn from shrinking if wet.
  • High quality yarn: The sturdier the yarn, the longer it will last.
  • Reinforced stitching: Having this at mop stress points increases performance.

dust mop head

dust mop head

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