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Entrance Matting – One of the best investments you can make

Did you know that…

  • Up to 80% of dirt is tracked in on the soles of shoes of people entering the building?
  • It costs up to $500 to clean and remove one pound of dirt that penetrated a building?
  • Without entrance matting, as much as 42% of the floor finish can be damaged or removed after 1500 people have walked within the first six feet of an entrance.*

For these reasons, entrance mats can play an important role in protecting your company’s image, the health of building occupants and your cleaning budget.

Here are the top 5 reasons that should be considered when evaluating the investment in entrance matting for your building.

1. Safety

An effective matting program scrapes off dirt, dust, and debris. It also absorbs any remaining moisture on the bottom of shoes and boots before reaching the interior flooring.  Limiting the moisture on your flooring reduces the risk of potential slip and fall accidents.  Quality matting doesn’t curl at the edges or slide on the floor which can result in a tripping hazard. Quality entrance matting is the first line of defence in preventing slips and trips in a building.

2. Interior Flooring Protection

You paid a lot of money to install the flooring in your building. Ceramic tile, natural stone, textile, wood, laminate or vinyl: it makes no difference what type of flooring has been installed.  Its appearance will deteriorate from the effects of wet and dry soiling tracked in on the soles of shoes and tire treads of wheeled traffic. Tracked in dirt and moisture can cause scratches, scuff marks and staining on interior flooring surfaces. By placing quality entrance matting at each entrance, you trap dirt and debris before it can reach your interior flooring surface and cause damage. The use of quality entrance matting will prolong your flooring’s new appearance.

 3. Reduced Interior Maintenance

Studies have shown that 80% and more of the dirt and debris in a building are tracked in on the bottoms of shoes.  With just about 6 metres of matting, 75% of dirt, dust and moisture can be contained at the entrance. It is more convenient and takes less time and money to remove dirt at entrances than to remove it once it has spread throughout a building. As 60% of a building’s total cleaning and maintenance costs is related to floor coverings, the potential savings are considerable.

4. First Impressions

The right type and length of matting placed at all outdoor and indoor entrances will create a positive first impression.  However, for mats to create this positive first impression they require an appropriate maintenance program that includes daily and interim maintenance procedures.  Facilities need to invest both in quality matting AND their maintenance to achieve the desired results.  Dirty, saturated mats can’t do their job of capturing dirt and absorbing moisture.

 5. Indoor Air Quality

People track in all sorts of dirt and debris on the soles of their shoes and boots. Trapped in that dust, dirt and debris are pollutants and germs that can have a negative impact on the indoor air quality of a building. Matting traps those pollutants and germs at the entrance before they can travel throughout a building and potentially make people sick.

So next time you step on entrance matting, remember how hard that mat is working to protect the building and its occupants. Entrance matting is the first line of defence in providing a safer, cleaner and healthier workplace.  Good quality matting and an appropriate maintenance program is an investment worth making!

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