Understanding Wet Mops

Something as simple as mopping the floor somehow becomes overwhelming when it comes time to pick out a wet mop head, at least for the inexperienced.  I’ve been working at Kitsupply for around 6 months now and I’ve learned a lot.  Learning the different types of wet mops and the situation that is type is best for took some time but I think I’ve finally got a handle on it.

At Kitsupply, we have a wide range of wet mops including cut end and looped end with a variety of yarns including cotton, synthetic and blended.  Each type of mop have their advantages, disadvantages and suggested uses.

Cut End Mops

wet mop 12 oz cotton cut ends

Cut end mops are considered the basic mop style.  All the cut end mops we offer are around half the price of other mopping alternatives.  They are considered a disposable mop because they cannot be laundered where most looped end mops can be.  Typically cut end mops are more absorbent than looped end mops but they don’t cover as big of a surface area as the looped end mops do.  Cut end mops are best used to soak up spills.

  • inexpensive to purchase
  • ideal for soaking up spills
  • disposable (can be advantage and disadvantage)
  • cannot be laundered
  • leaves gaps and lint
  • limited options of yarn types available
cut end vs looped end
Looped End vs Cut End

Looped End Mops

wet mop 16 oz orange looped wide band

Looped end mops are currently the most common type of mop head.  They cover a greater surface area than traditional cut end mops which saves time.  They are more expensive than cut end mops but they are also more durable and can be laundered to increase the life-span of the mop (cotton and polycotton blends cannot be laundered).  We have a variety of colours in stock including orange, blue and green which help to colour code if you are using the mops for different areas of your home or business.

  • increased durability
  • looped ends prevent unraveling
  • most are machine washable
  • doesn’t leave gaps or lint
  • higher initial cost compared to cut ends

There are four different yarn types available: cotton, rayon, synthetic and blended.  Each type comes with its advantages and disadvantages.  The most common type we sell is the blended as our looped end mops are blended.


Cotton is generally used for common spills, cleaning up liquids and scrubbing.

  • very absorbent
  • economically friendly
  • will leave lint
  • has a 30-45 minute break-in period
  • because it cannot be laundered there’s a chance for mildew growth


Rayon is generally used for applying liquids such as finishes.

  • mops dry fast and are mildew resistant
  • very little lint is left
  • no need to break in
  • shrinks when laundered
  • has no retention


Synthetic is generally used for rough surfaces and specialty mops.

  • super strength
  • no lint left behind
  • no break-in period needed
  • higher cost
  • poor retention


Blended mops have a variety of uses based on their blend but are most often used in places where a long lasting and better quality mop are needed.

  • can be laundered many times
  • lasts up to five times longer than regular cotton
  • highly versatile-Since blended mops are typically a combination of the other three varieties, blended mops can apply liquid such as finishes and is good for scrubbing
  • unless preshrunk, it will shrink after being laundered
  • higher initial cost than most of the other types