How to protect your matting & flooring
Our top tips
Did you know that when you walk into a building, up to 7g of dirt can be carried in on the soles of your shoes? Were you also aware that, in wet weather, this amount increases dramatically?
To combat this issue, an effective entrance matting system is essential for removing foot borne dirt as well as helping to stop it being carried through your building. The best approach is an integrated solution, combining a barrier matting installation with a regular floor cleaning schedule.
How to protect your floor
Here are some top matting and cleaning tips for your workplace:
- Ensure that your matting is of an adequate size with the full width of the doors covered and at least the first six indoor footsteps being taken on the matting when entering.
- Use a proper commercial matting solution for your workplace. Small coir or cotton mats may work at home but they won't cope with a higher volume of traffic!
- Ensure that your barrier mats are correctly sited where the outdoors meets the indoors and not placed some distance into the building.
- Look at how dirt is entering your building in the first place - is it just foot borne or are open doors allowing dirt to blow in?
- Consider whether the dirt being carried into your building can be reduced by improving the outdoor environment, such as by repairing potholes or changing the surfacing of pathways. You should also consider the type of dirt being walked in, as oil or grease requires a different matting solution to general pavement dirt.
- If mud or grit are problematic, a two part mat system works best, with a heavy-duty outdoor scraper mat followed by an indoor barrier mat.
- Lastly, all barrier mats will fill up with dirt, and if the dirt isn't removed it will get tracked into your building. Therefore, all mats should be regularly and thoroughly cleaned to ensure that they're always working to protect your entrance flooring.
- Different areas of your flooring will need a different floor cleaning schedule. Stain removal, for example, should be tackled daily, whilst walkway areas should be cleaned quarterly. Non-walkway office areas should be cleaned annually.
- If you have hard flooring in your workplace, ensure that the correct cleaning solution is used. The wrong chemicals can damage the surface, leaving it dull and appearing dirtier than it is.
- Carpeted floors need frequent vacuuming with a rotating brush system to remove as much trapped dirt as possible. Suction-only vacuum cleaners remove far less soiling.
- A correct flooring maintenance programme not only ensures a clean and professional site image but it will also prolong the life of your flooring, saving you money.
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