The Rubbermaid Kut-A-Way dust mop is made of white post-industrial cotton that can withstand machine laundering for convenient cleaning, and is pre-laundered to reduce shrinkage. It has an envelope-end style synthetic backing sleeve that fits a dust mop frame (sold separately) without requiring strings. This mop is suitable for commercial and industrial applications.
Dust mops (also called dry mops) consist of a mop head, a mop frame, and a handle. A mop head is sometimes tied on to a mop frame with connected strings, or it has a sleeve that the frame fits into. The frame provides support for the shape of the mop head, which consists of dust-collecting yarns and a flexible backing to hold the yarns together and connect to the frame. Dust mop heads have traditionally been made of cotton, and used with an oil- or water-based chemical treatment to improve dust retention. Synthetic fibers build a positive electrostatic charge from friction that attracts and retains dust so that no treatment is needed. Also, synthetic fibers withstand laundering better and dry faster, which leads to a longer product lifespan when synthetics are blended with cotton because harmful bacteria grow in a damp mop. The handle is a separate item that connects to the frame. Often either the frame or the handle also includes a swivel joint for flexible maneuverability.
Rubbermaid manufactures cleaning, organizing, and material handling products for commercial, medical, and industrial applications. The company, founded in 1933, is headquartered in Huntersville, NC.