The perfect finish since 1954

Feb 29, 2024

70 years old and still as flexible as on day one: Introduced to the market by Klingspor in 1954, the abrasive mop still inspires today wherever an application calls for flexibility and a fine surface finish. It is available in numerous versions, sizes and grits. It is used on both handheld and stationary machines.

The Klingspor abrasive mop turns 70!

An ingenious design

The design of the abrasive mop is as simple as it is ingenious: A large number of abrasive pads are arranged radially around a centre and fixed there by means of synthetic resin. A pin, an adapter or a mounting plate is then used to attach the abrasive mop to a machine that will spin it at a high rate of speed. The distinct advantage of the abrasive mop is its exceptional softness and flexibility that stems from its individual abrasive pads. It processes the surface of the workpiece without exerting excessive strain. This keeps scratch marks at a minimum and produces an exceptionally fine sanding result.


Further development for every use

What began as a clever idea quickly evolved into one of the most popular Klingspor products. Today, the abrasive mop from Klingspor is available in over 200 different versions, for example as an abrasive mop wheel for the sanding block, as an angle grinder mop for the angle grinder, or as the pleated mop for use on the die grinder. Other manufacturers adopted the Klingspor invention as well. At these manufacturers, the tool is also largely referred to as a mounted flap wheel.

A ground-breaking invention

Carl Klingspor describes how the abrasive mop works in an issue of the magazine "Der Kronenschleifer” in December 1956: "We have been selling our abrasive mop on the market since the end of 1954. This abrasive tool consists of a multitude of individual flaps / pads. The search for a way to attach these pads such that they cannot detach later during the sanding process proved to be lengthy and involved countless trials. The pads are now consolidated into blocks - with the pads being fixed in place in a fastening zone by means of synthetic resin or an adhesive bond. These blocks are then clamped into a chuck in order to form a round abrasive that is suitable for versatile use on both handheld and stationary machines.“