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16 March, 2015

Which polishing mop do I need?

A brief introduction to Polishing Mops and the Differences Between Them

Polishing mops and wheels can be very confusing.  Although many of the traditional polishing mops have now been superseded by a lot of new, cleaner finishing processes that does not mean they have been removed completely.  Below each polishing mop is described, starting from the most aggressive moving to the finest.

Impregnated Sisal Mops

PLGSR-Impregnated-Red-Sisal-Mops-2-Section Now becoming much less common. Impregnated sisal mops are designed to have a high aggression and high cut.  They are normally resin impregnated and tend to be used with cutting compounds such as our PV/569 soaps.

They are often replaced now with fine grit abrasive belts or some of the more aggressive unitised and convolute abrasive products which will do the same job but are also faster, cleaner and much more consistent in their finishing characteristics.


Plain Sisal Mops

PLGS-Sisal-Mop-1-sectionSisal is a naturally occurring fibre with high abrasion characteristics.  Although it is quite abrasive it is also a relatively weak product.  Sisal polishing mops consist of layers of cotton cloth, to give the mop strength, interlined with strips of sisal, for the abrasion.

In a two or three stage polishing process a sisal with a ‘cut and colour’ polishing soap such as our PV/102 is often the first stage in a polishing process.

Sisal mops are available from 50mm up to 300 or even 600mm in diameter.


Close stitched Cotton Mops

PLGW-Stitched-Cotton-Mop-2-sectionFor a general metal polished finish, closed stitch cotton mops when used in conjunction with the correct polishing compound can be all you need to achieve a perfectly acceptable finish.

The PV/102 green polishing compound will give a milky clear finish on stainless steel.  If the process is repeated with a clean close stitched mop our our PV/102 (pink) polishing compound then a clean bright finish can be achieved.

Alternatively you can then move to loose cotton or airflow type cotton, flannel or swansdown type mops.


Loose Cotton Mops

PLLS-Swansdown-Loose-Cotton-Polishing-Mop-3-SectionLoose cotton mops operate in a very similar manner to close stitched mops however their open structure means that a finer and brighter polished finish will be achieved.

Loose cotton mops are also available with finer and softer fabrics:

Both flannel and swansdown polishing mops will continue to improve the quality of the finish where more exacting standards are required.


Airflow mops

PLA-Airflow-Polishing-Mop-(2)Airflow polishing mops tend to be used in more specific production environments where a high quality, consistent finish is required.

The construction of an airflow mop means that there is less of a streak left in the surface of the metal than with loose and stitched cotton mops can achieve.


Read More of our “How To Guides” and Related Posts Below:

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