We all have used various mop handles, some of which we liked and others not so much. There can be various reasons for liking or disliking a particular wet mop handle including weight, size of handle and especially the attachment feature. You can usually get them in wooden, fiberglass, or metal (coated and uncoated) which can impact the prior concerns listed. Following are a few pointers on just some of the options available today:

• The Thread Through Handle – These units can be very time consuming in that it can be challenging to thread a 24-32 ounce mop head through the two bars that are then closed using a twisting nut or other process to keep it tight during using. Some units do have a break away feature that makes this much more doable but still can be messy.

• The Metal Clip Handle –These units have a springy metal clip that can be opened to attach a wet mop head and can be quite fast in swapping out heads if you only have one or two handles in a job that requires you to swap them during mopping procedures. The weakness of these units is that some mop heads simply will not stay locked in place and over time the metal becomes fatigued resulting in eventual failure which means the entire mop handle is of no value.

• The Alligator Clip Handle – This is a variation of the prior unit but has plastic jaws with teeth that help hold the mop head in place. It is loosened and tightened by a twist lock on the handle. Although it may take a little longer than the Metal Clip Handle I prefer it since it tends to last longer and has a better grip.

Remember that it is not only the cost of the mop handle and the mop head but also the cost of labor that you lose or save.

Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean...

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net