A yarn's "twist" is a result of how tightly the fiber strands are wound together. While a tightly twisted yarn might be stronger and last longer, it's absorbency may be decreased. Like yarn ply, the best value isn't determined by the yarn's twist, but by the type and quality of the yarn and the mop's construction. A mop with looped-end construction enables the yarn to have a loose twist while eliminating fraying.
- Tight Twists: stronger fibers but less absorbency
- Loose Twists: high absorbency but less strength
Yarn ply indicates the number of strands twisted together to make a single yarn strand. More plies give added strength, though higher ply numbers do not necessarily mean higher quality yarn. More strands may add durability but they also decrease absorbency. It's much better and more cost effective to choose a higher quality yarn than a high ply, low quality yarn.
- The number of piles twisted together to make a single strand of yarn (1-8)
- 4 plys is the most common