Productivity Tips on Wet Mop Use

Three words - productivity, longevity and design. Those are the take-aways from this brief primer on wet mops. 


If you have chosen to use wet mops, there are two important things to consider when selecting size. First, the larger the mop, the greater the coverage.* Put another way, the job can be done in significantly less time with a larger mop. Second, the larger the mop, the heavier it becomes when saturated. The trick is to evaluate your staff and to pick one or two mop sizes that give maximum productivity while not over-tasking your people. Just look at the difference in coverage between a 12 oz. and a 32 oz. looped-end mop, damp mopping with a single bucket in the graphic below. (Illustration by Hillyard.)

You want to select a wet mop size that is large enough to allow for productivity, but not so large as to over-task your staff.

*According to ISSA Cleaning Times, based on hundreds of real-world, on-site tests.

For information on other productivity and hygiene gains by using microfiber mopping systems, see our Advanced Microfiber Systems page and microfiber cleaning education presentations. 


If your staff uses many wet mops, you should be thinking about cost-per-use, not cost-per-mop. Looped-end mops can be repeatedly laundered while lasting eight times longer than cut-end mops.

The exact savings depends on the line of mops, but you will always be far ahead by taking the return on investment that buying looped-end mops offers.

However, if you are not able to launder mops or if you dispose of them frequently, then the cut-end mop may work out best.


Quality is part of design, and like all good tools, investing in a well-made mop pays off in labor effectiveness and longevity - two topics already touched on.

The Hillyard chart below helps you understand the various design features of wet mops. Hillyard has an excellent and full line of mops available from PUR-O-ZONE, as well as other long-term PUR-O-ZONE lines that have proven their worth.

When you select a mop, choose not only the material they are made from for the job you need to do, but the yarn ply, headband and tail type that will work best for productivity. Fantails, for example, prevent tangling and maximize coverage of the mop by keeping it spread out with a sewn strip near the mop end. A small feature, but one that translates into a better job done faster.

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