Did you know that up to 80% of contaminates in a building come through its entryways? That’s why your facility needs an effective matting system! High quality entrance mats cut down on cleaning-labor costs and reduce wear on floors. They can also lead to a significant reduction in harsh cleaning chemicals.
Here are some practical tips and useful information to help you ensure effective matting systems in your facility:
Matting Basics: Stopping and Holding Contaminates
Properly constructed entrance mats cause the bottoms of shoes to scrape and wipe contaminants away, preventing soils from spreading into the facility. The matting system should then hold the dirt and moisture for cleaning teams to easily remove through vacuuming or extraction.
The best mats protect against slip-and-fall dangers by ensuring that contaminants don’t flow off the mats’ sides. Look for mats that feature a dam that holds contaminates.
High-performance matting systems are often bought rather than rented. Made with high quality materials, they often come with a warranty and can last for many years.
When purchasing a matting system, look for bi-level construction. With an upper surface for walking and a lower area to store soil and water, large quantities of moisture and dirt can be trapped. Remember, low-quality mats can crush over time, which enables contaminates to start clinging to the bottoms of shoes.
To minimize the mat’s movement on the floor as it’s being walked on, the bottom should be slip resistant. Rubber-backed mats are more slip resistant than vinyl-backed mats. Also, rubber-backed mats reduce tripping dangers because they don’t curl as much as vinyl.
Remember the Rule of 15s
Use five feet each of three kinds of matting to trap contaminates.
1. Place scraper mats outside entryways to capture large contaminates
2. Place wiper/scraper mats inside your building to contain small contaminants
3. Place wiper mats after the wiper/scraper mats to trap remaining contaminates
Important Mat Maintenance Tips
Deep clean your facility’s mats every spring via carpet extraction to remove dirt, moisture and debris.
Because wintertime brings accumulations of dirt and moisture underneath mats, clean the floor underneath your facility’s mats every spring.
Check for Damage in Door Entries
Remove your mats and inspect for structural damage in door entries that frequently takes place in the winter. Salt, snow and moisture can negatively affect door frames.