CHSA launches Accreditation Scheme for industrial cotton mops

Cotton Mop Scheme logoDetermined to continue driving up standards in the cleaning industry, the Cleaning & Hygiene Supplier’s Association (CHSA) has developed and is now launching the Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme for Cotton Mops. Its purpose is to drive up standards in the manufacture, description and labeling of mops.

Mike Stubbs, Chairman of the CHSA Accreditation Schemes explained: “Buyers of cotton mops want to be able to quickly and easily buy the right mop for the job in hand. This new Scheme will help them do exactly that, by defining and standardizing long established terms at the same time as specifying specific mop sizes for particular applications.”

Founder members of the CHSA’s Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme for Industrial Cotton Mops are Charles Bentley & Son Ltd, Ramon Hygiene Products, Robert Scott & Sons Ltd, Yorkshire Cleaning Fabrics (YCF) and SYR Ltd. Martin Yates, the Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes’ independent auditor, In addition to the initial audit, will audit each Scheme member twice a year.

The new Accreditation Scheme covers Socket, Clip and Kentucky mops. It requires that:

  • The size of mops within the scope of the Standard shall be determined and indicated by the weight of yarn making up the mop head;
  • All mops within the Standard be labeled with the mop size and / or the minimum weight of yarn; and
  • The Accreditation Scheme mark must be included on the labels of mops within the Standard.

The new Accreditation Scheme complements the existing, proven Schemes for Soft Tissue and Plastic Refuse Sacks.

“These Schemes have made a very valuable contribution to the driving up of standards in the industry,” continued Mike Stubbs. “Buyers of these products have a right to be confident that they are getting what they pay for. Too many organizations cut corners and sell product that is deficient or not fit for purpose. The stamp of the relevant Accreditation Scheme on the label gives buyers the confidence that they will not be short changed and are instead buying an appropriate product from a reputable business.”

Organizations interested in joining the new Scheme or finding out more should email the CHSA Secretariat (

For more information, contact Cathy Connan on 07976 669089 or email

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