Choosing the right mat

Mats play an important part in helping to keep your workplace floors cleaner, drier and safer – with the benefits extending far beyond your main entrance.

Published by Direct Admin on 30 January 2017

Why and where?

While mats are designed to collect dirt, they can only collect so much before they are effectively full. If the accumulated dirt is not removed, the mat ceases to work efficiently. Continued traffic will walk the dirt and moisture off the mat and into your building, proving as effective as having no mat at all!

So what type of mat should you be using, and where? Different areas host different activities which means that different mats should be used, befitting of their environment and purpose. Here’s our quick guide to the benefits of mats in the workplace.

Entrance & reception

  • Create the first line of defence to stop dirt and moisture entering your building
  • Keep floors cleaner in your reception and entrance areas
  • Logo mats help to reinforce your brand and create a great first impression

Corridors & vending

  • Mats help reduce slips and protect floors from staining caused by spillages
  • Help protect floors from the ingress of dry, dusty soiling
  • Reduce the slip hazards commonly found in front of drinks dispensing machine by absorbing spilt liquids

Manufacturing area

  • Mats create a safer working floor surface in areas where oil and small debris is a hazard
  • Provide insulation from cold concrete floors and a more comfortable working environment for standing workers
  • Help staff by providing anti-fatigue matting to reduce aches and pains caused by long periods of standing

Commercial kitchens

  • Ideal for kitchens and bars, mats make wet or greasy floors safer underfoot
  • Integral anti-microbial properties inhibit growth of bacteria
  • Textured surface design helps prevent slips and provides additional comfort for staff

Changing room area

  • Specialist leisure matting reduces the risk of accidents in wet areas
  • Provide both a comfortable and safe flooring surface

Still not convinced? When you consider that the majority of the dirt that enters your building is from the soles of people’s shoes and that wet, slippery floors are a major cause of workplace slips and falls, you can see that placing mats is an excellent preventative measure.

In fact, slips and trips account for 41% of all workplace accidents, making it the most common cause of injury in UK workplaces with nearly 11,000 major injuries reported each year. An appropriately sized and sited entrance mat can capture substantial amounts of foot borne dirt, helping protect your floors and lower your cleaning costs as well as reducing the risk of slipping by absorbing foot moisture, making your floors drier and less slippery.

by Direct Admin