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5 Most Important Reasons for Entrance MattingPosted: Oct 2012 Posted by: JoAnn Durette

Top 5 Reasons for Entrance Matting

Five years ago, I joined Mats Inc. and thought mats are mats and if you have seen one, you’ve seen them all.  Au contraire! With a company full of matting gurus and decades of experience, I quickly learned that there is much more to matting and now I can bore people to death with conversations about ADA compliance, fire ratings, polypropylene, needle punch, cut pile, low profile nosing, Bitumen backing and all kinds of technical details.

To me, the most interesting thing about matting is that it seems so simple that it is often overlooked or an afterthought and yet it is so significant to a clean, safe and healthy environment.

A commercial entrance matting system helps businesses of all kinds provide a safer, healthier and more attractive environment for their employees, customers, patients, students, tenants, guests and visitors.  From indoor air quality improvement to interior flooring protection, there are many features and details of a proper entrance matting system to consider.  However, I have curbed my matting enthusiasm to discuss mostly just the benefits.

1. Safety

SafetyThe best and most effective entrance matting systems consists of a variety of products, each with a specific job, aggressively scraping off dirt, removing additional debris and moisture, and drying any remaining moisture to effectively clean the bottom of shoes before reaching the interior flooring.  All of the products work together to improve safety and reduce the risk of liability from potential slip and fall accidents.  Inferior matting products curl at the edges or slide on the floor which can result in a tripping hazard and work against the safety benefit.  Durable matting products with quality backing and edging will ensure that mats remain flat and securely in place.

2. Interior Flooring Protection

Interior Flooring ProtectionTerrazzo, ceramic tile, marble, granite, and hardwood are popular floor coverings used in commercial buildings and a valuable investment for building owners and managers. Tracked in dirt and moisture can cause scratches, scuff marks and staining on interior flooring surfaces. Entrance matting can eliminate damaging particles from the bottoms of shoes before reaching interior flooring and will help prolong its new appearance.



3. Reduce Interior Maintenance

Reduce Interior MaintenanceStudies have shown that 80% and more of the dirt and debris in a building are tracked in on the bottoms of shoes.  With just 16 linear feet of matting, 75% of dirt, dust and moisture can be contained at the entrance to help reduce interior maintenance. If space allows, installing 30 linear feet of matting will ensure that each foot makes contact with the matting approximately 6 times to remove nearly all of the dirt.  This allows for most of the cleaning to occur in one convenient location and less dusting, mopping and vacuuming around the building.

4. Clean First Impressions

Clean First ImpressionsChoosing the right mix of products will influence the effectiveness of the entrance system and the first impression of your building.  Foot grille products are best for scraping off dirt and keeping it out plain view for a clean image at the entrance.  Some fiber matting products are better than others at hiding the dirt but even when it can’t be seen, daily vacuuming of commercial entrance matting is important to make room to capture more dirt.



5. Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air QualityPeople track in all sorts of dirt, pesticides, chemicals and other pollutants on their shoes. An entrance system that is at least 10 linear feet will reduce exposure to hazardous particulates and chemical pollutants.  Keep in mind 30 linear feet is the recommended amount of matting for the best results and will help maximize the impact it will have on improved indoor air quality.

So with all of these important contributions to a clean, safe and healthy environment, there is a little more to matting than you thought, isn’t there?


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JoAnn DuretteJoAnn Durette
“With a bachelor’s degree in business and a few years, ok decades, of marketing experience under my belt, I managed to convince Mats Inc. to hire me in 2007.   I have always been big on sharing information and I have way too many opinions to keep them all to myself and so, I blog.”


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