All You Need To Know About Kentucky Mops, Socket Mops, Heads, Yarns And Types

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The mop is a simple, practical tool in your arsenal of tackling dirt. But are you using the right mop to get the best results on your floors and the most use out of your cleaning consumables?

The effectiveness of good mopping in the cleaning process is strongly undervalued. It could be argued that some people lack appreciation on just how important it is to use the correct manual cleaning equipment - usually by those who don't have to clean themselves. Unfortunately, mops these days viewed as disposable.

Why are mops so undervalued?

The simplicity of a mop is one of its selling points, but they are available in a wide range materials, fibres and finishes. So if you consider most customer premises are different, then adopting a one mop fits all approach to wet mopping is of very limited use.

Understanding what is on the market will help get the best value from your cleaning consumables budget. In broad terms, there are two mop styles: socket mops and Kentucky mop heads.

Socket Mops

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These types of mop are by far the most commonly used within the cleaning industry. The reason being due to the fact that they are suitable for a variety of tasks and for use 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 this helps prevent the spread of bacteria as part of colour coded cleaning system.

The plastic sockets attach to plastic coated metal handles which usually incorporate a rubber grip at the top, making them more comfortable when wringing. Also, plastic fittings make attaching and detaching mop heads much easier.

Kentucky Mops

Portwest PWR material is also waterproof and breathable.

This style of mop has a much longer yarn and is stitched in the middle using a polyester band to secure the fibres and maintain shape. The polyester band can also have an abrasive texture to enable the removal of stubborn stains and embossed dirt on surfaces.

Like socket mops they can also 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.

Different Yarn Types

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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 are made for heavier duties, similar to the 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

Portwest PWR material is also waterproof and breathable.

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.

Mopping it all up!

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 because we are more than happy to help.

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