Mops

Keeping the floor clean is a challenge many companies face. However proactive they are, and no matter what measures they apply, the floors still need to be cleaned regularly. Mops have evolved from the traditional string-mop and bucket to modern microfiber continuous stringed, or flat mops.  While mops have advanced over the years, the older styles are still available. So which options are appropriate for your production area? 

Idealistically your mop should be an effective floor cleaner, and it needs to be made from an absorbent durable material. The strands should be continuous or unable to come loose. It should be ergonomic, and finally, either disposable or easy to clean.

The string mop concept, although old, is still current. They were originally made of strands, often old cloth, or strings tied together. Now they are made from a continuous microfiber strand, designed not to fall apart, while being increasingly absorbent. A strand mop, which refers to strands of material rather than strings, is considered more absorbent as it has a larger surface area per strand, compared to a string. 

The crucial point of the mop is how often it can be reused. Dipping the mop into the same water is not effective, as the water becomes contaminated, all though there are now systems available, which refresh the water. Mops also come in disposable options, while they may be rinsed in the process, they would not be used multiple times, helping to reduce contamination risks. 

Another key factor of mops are the handles. Mops can nearly double their weight once they become wet, making a lightweight handle necessary for ergonomic purposes. Most mop options now detach from the handle, making it more cost effective and easy to clean. While some mops require specific handles, it is possible to purchase mops to suit regular euro-thread handles. 

For some companies who washdown their entire production areas, mops may only be used for between-shift cleans, or in an emergency. In this situation it is still important to have a high-quality mop that features low contamination risks, is ergonomic and effective. 

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