Specifying The Correct Cleaning Supplies – Mops

Specifying The Correct Cleaning Supplies - Mops

At Ramon Hygiene we understand the importance of having the correct cleaning equipment for the job. However with so many variants in weight and material available. It’s not always obvious which cleaning product is most appropriate for your customer’s needs.

Floor type, surface area, frequency of use and durability. These are all considerations which should be made before any purchasing decision. Understanding the difference and benefits of each mop will allow you to offer the correct solution, resulting in better service and happier customers.

Socket Mops

The most popular type of mop used in the UK. The relatively low cost and durability make them ideal for cleaning small to medium sized areas. They are very popular in the cleaning industry.

Traditional socket mops such as our CXS12JM have a metal socket and are used with a wooden handle. However plastic sockets have become more popular with cleaning professionals with the introduction of colour coded cleaning regimes. The use of plastic sockets also provide improved options with regard to the type of handles they can be used with.

We supply a selection of different plastic sockets to suit your cleaning requirements:

  • Swift- An easy fit socket for most handles. Push in wooden or create own thread by screwing in an aluminium handle.
  • RHP- designed with all handles in mind (including excel) simply push handle in. No need to purchase new handles.
  • Threaded- Fits our EAH colour coded aluminium handles by simply screwing it in.

Kentucky mops

Kentucky mops have much longer yarn and are particularly effective for cleaning large areas of flooring. Stitched in the middle using a polyester band which help to secure the fibres as well as maintain shape. All of our Kentucky mops are supplied complete with sewn in colour coded tags. This helps to identify their area of use and reduce the risk of cross contamination.

Due to the length of yarn, Kentucky mops must be used with larger mopping systems. Often with a gear press wringer such as our MC8088 25 litre mopping system.

Flat Mops

Generally made from microfibre but available in a range of styles to suit the floor type or cleaning requirement. Looped microfibre mop heads are available in white with colour coded strips or full coloured mops. This helps to easily identify their area of use. The large looped microfibre mop heads hold larger particles of dirt as well as dirt often found between tiled surfaces.

Unlike traditional mopping which can only be used on floors. Flat mops can be used in a variety of areas and are great for hard to reach or confined areas, such as stairways. Microfibre flat mopping improves cleanliness and ergonomics for the operative as well as savings through reduced cleaning times and material costs.

Different Mop Styles

Cut-end Mop

Cut-end Mop

The most popular mop type is a cut-end mop, where the yarn has been cut to the desired length. Whilst cost-effective, these can deteriorate quicker than other mop types.

Loop Ended Mop

Loop Ended Mop

Although initially more expensive, loop ended mops last longer and offer increased absorbency compared to cut end alternatives.

Banded Mops

Banded Mop

Banded mops which also feature loop ends offer outstanding results. The band around the mop ensures that more of the mop stays in contact with the floor. This results in fast and effective cleaning.

Common Mop Material


Twine Yarn:

A strong thread composed of two or more woven strands twisted together with a high cotton content. Absorbent but thinner than other types of yarn and so are more resistant to abrasion. Hard wearing and durable, ideal for professionals and suitable for rougher floors.  Twine yarn does not lint as much as PY.


PY Yarn:

PY yarn is a thick, super absorbent, cotton rich yarn. Ideal for everyday use. Perfect for cleaning small to medium areas and occasional use. This type of material has a limited life. Great for smooth surfaces such as lino and laminate flooring. Ideally suited for domestic use.

Multifold Yarn:

Made by combination of two or more single strands which are treated as one in the weaving process. However the strands are not twisted together. This process produces an absorbent yet very hard wearing yarn. Suitable for all surfaces and ideal for heavy duty applications.


Non-Woven Fabric:

A cost effective alternative to traditional cotton mops which provide many benefits. Made from spun-lace blend of viscose and polyester. The mops are super absorbent, durable, machine washable and provide great dirt collection.



The effectiveness of microfibre is its ability to remove and hold dirt, grease and bacteria from the surface. The dirt is trapped in the minute fibres until the mop is laundered. It has been proven that 99% of bacteria can be removed from surfaces when using microfibre properly.

The fibres have a series of cutting edges, unlike a cotton fibres which are round. Microfibre cut into the surface and trap the dirt. When used damp, the extremely fine fibres create a capillary effect. Sucking up and holding the dirt or liquid into the inner fibres of the mop.