Floor Challenges- Tips for Mat Selection

With a properly designed matting system, you can capture the majority of dirt or moisture that enters your building.

Winter can be difficult for many facilities. If facility managers do not take preventative actions, they can quickly make a facility look dirty with the added salt, snow, snow, and ice. If not properly taken care of, ice melting products can also damage floors and shorten the life span of tile and carpet.

A comprehensive mat system is essential to stop winter elements from tracking through a facility. A facility without proper matting can have more than 40% of its floors removed from the entranceway after 1,500 visitors have walked through it.

To reduce the spread of germs into facilities, Commercial Mats are a good place to wipe your feet. A study was conducted. It found that the average shoe could contain 421,000 units of microbes.

Concentrate on entry zones

For winter weather, you should concentrate on the entrances to your floors. A strong mat system can be your first line of defense. It can collect and absorb dirt and debris as well water. It is much more time-efficient to clean matting rather than to keep your floors and entryways clean. To complement the carpet mat, you can use a dual-mat solution that includes a scraper rug outside and an indoor mat. This matting system reduces moisture and debris from a facility. It is important to place a dual mat system at all entrances of buildings, not just the main one.

You can choose from many different prices when purchasing a scraper pad to put outside. All scraper pads are designed to get rid of water and debris as soon as they enter a building. Blades are included on the higher-end options to remove dirt and moisture from shoes. These models also feature drainage holes and channels that trap moisture in the bottom of the shoes. Make sure the scraper mat has a textured backing for better grip to ensure it stays in place.

For indoor floor protection, you will need an entrance mat after choosing a scraper. A simple nylon mat will catch dirt and debris as they enter a building. There are also higher-quality mats made with advanced microfibers, which can capture and hold more water. These mats have multiple-sized and fast-drying fibers. They are designed to capture fine particles from shoes, quickly evaporate moisture, and work together to dry them.

Finally, make sure to choose a large mat that covers your entryway. Make sure to provide enough matting for people to use to wipe their feet. To get rid of dirt and debris, people should walk 10-12 steps on mats near entrances in snowy weather.

To complement mat protection, increase floor cleaning.

In addition to a thorough mat system, facility managers should enhance floor cleaning during the winter months to ensure that floors remain in good condition. Assign an employee to regularly inspect entries for any water pooling or trash. Deep cleaning your floors should be done regularly. Beyond daily mopping, this approach removes dirt, breaks down buildup, and extracts all contaminants from grout lines, tile, and carpeted areas throughout the structure. A good mat system, along with proper floor care and deep cleaning regularly, can help to protect and extend the life of your flooring.

Winter floor care may appear to be a difficult undertaking, but facility managers may make it through the season by installing a dual-mat system at each entry. Facilities can trap the bulk of dirt and moisture before it enters the facility by having mats in place and ensuring they are adequately cleaned or laundered.