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Wet Mops: Choosing The Right Yarn For The Job

Kitchen spills, food splatter and unwanted floor markings can be removed more easily with the right wet mop in hand. Of the most common types of wet mop heads available, one should understand both the positives and negatives of each. This will help you decide which head is best for which job.


Cotton Yarn

A wet mop with a cotton head is ideal for cleaning hard surfaces, such as wood or tile floors. It is perfect for quickly cleaning up spills and scrubbing for low-to-medium use. Cotton yarn is good for general mopping.

cotton mop head

  • Can be used wet or dry
  • Gentle on surfaces to avoid potential scratching
  • Highly absorbent
  • Low initial price
  • Increased strength when wet
  • Limited shrinkage
  • Break-in period required
  • Shorter life span
  • Increased risk of mildew
  • It cannot be laundered
  • Dries slowly, which quickens deterioration process


Rayon Yarn

A wet mop with a rayon head is best for general washing and scrubbing. It is useful when applying floor finishes, harsh cleaning chemicals and disinfectants. Rayon yarn is also ideal for finishing.

rayon mop head

  • Highly absorbent
  • Little break-in needed
  • Mildew resistant
  • Releases liquids more efficiently
  • Dries fast
  • Cleaner and stronger yarn
  • Loses strength when wet
  • Limited floor capabilities
  • Shrinks if laundered
  • Less liquid retention


Synthetic Yarn

Because of its strength, a mop with a synthetic yarn head is especially useful when cleaning rough surfaces.

synthetic mop head

  • Mesh fiber lets mop breath and dry faster
  • Improved durability
  • Added chemical resistance
  • Higher cost
  • Poor absorption
  • Somewhat non-breathable
  • Sensitive to heat
The Large EchoMop head shown here contains 35% post-consumer recycled materials, making it a great "green" product for your restaurant. Learn More

Blended Yarn (Rayon, Cotton and Polyester or Rayon and Polyester)

This type of mop is intended for cleaning professionals who require better and longer lasting mops. A mop with a blended yarn head is good for general washing and scrubbing, as well as applying disinfectants and other floor finishes.


blended yarn mop head

  • Highly absorbent
  • No break-in required
  • Can withstand laundering
  • Versatile for added performance
  • Lasts up to five times longer than cotton
  • Higher initial price
  • May shrink when wet, unless pre-shrunk

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