Stitched and Loose Cotton Mops

We stock a wide range of traditional polishing mops for use on the tapered thread adaptations of spindle polishers, bench grinders and also drills.

  • Sisal Mops:  Most aggressive.  Use for cutting and pre-polishing
  • Stitched Cotton Mops:  General purpose polishing.
  • Loose Cotton:  Finer, brighter polishing
  • Swansdown Mops:  Super fine highest quality polishing  


For polishing mops to fit on an M14 thread or keyway shaft, check the Flap Wheels, Brushes section for the relevant fixing system.

Polishing compounds to use with the mops can be found here.

Stitched and Loose Cotton Mops

Stitched and Loose Cotton Mops FAQs

  • How do I acheive a general purpose mirror polish finish on stainless steel from a P800 grit finish?

    Step1:  Sisal mop with our PV/101 (cut & colour compound) green soap.

    Step2:  Stitched cotton mop, again using the PV/101 green soap.

    Step3 (if required):  Loose cotton mop with the PV/102 (finishing compound) polishing soap.


    Tip:  When changing polishing soap make sure all of the previous compound has been removed with our Vienna Chalk (PV/103) before moving to a new mop for the finer polish.

  • What is a stitched cotton mop?

    To be able to mirror polish metals on a polishing lathe, you need to apply polishing soaps  / compounds to the metal surface.  The most common way to do that is with a cotton mop.  

    To create a stitched mop, a set of cotton discs are stacked in a pile and stitched together to meet the strength and hardness required.

    The more tightly stitched the mop is, the harder, and therefore more aggressive it becomes.

    For general purpose polishing, a stitched cotton mop is sufficient to give the brightness required.

    For a higher gloss finish it may then be necessary to use a loose leaf polishing mop with either the same or a finer polishing compound.  

  • What is a Sisal polishing mop?

    Sisal is a natural fibre which was traditionally grown in Mexico and South America.  It has a high percentage of natural silicates in it's construction which makes it aggressive and rough to the touch.  Those same characteristics make them excellent for the first stage of a polishing process.

    Sisal is layered between cotton and built into a stitched mop.  The mop is then used with a cutting or with a cut and colour polishing compound to bring the first stage pre-polished finish onto a metal surface.