High Performance Matting is an important component to a green cleaning program. Not only does matting stop dirt from entering your building, but it also prevents contaminants from having a negative impact on your Indoor Air Quality. For facilities seeking green certification such as LEED, a complete matting program can earn you a valuable point towards achieving certification.
To better understand matting and its relationship to Green cleaning and LEED certification, some clarifications are required. First, not all mats are high-performance mats. In many instances, rental mats will not qualify as high performance matting to meet LEED as they only last a few months, and are only moderately effective at capturing and trapping moisture, soils, and contaminants and preventing them from entering the built environment. LEED does not require a mat to be made of recyclable materials. This would be a personal choice based on your environmental goals. To be a effective component of a green cleaning program, a minimum of 1 to 3 metres (10 to 12 feet) of high performance matting must be installed at all entrances.
High performance matting should remove and capture 85% of all soils before they can enter a facility.
Types of mats :
- Scraper Mats: Placed outside of a facility, these mats aggressively scrape dirt, debris, and snow from shoes and trap it beneath the mats. surface. They are typically 1.5 metres (5 feet) in length and can effectively trap as much as 50 percent of the soil and moisture found on shoes.
- Wiper/Scraper Mats: These mats are found directly inside a facility, and help remove soils and moisture not captured by the outdoor scrapers. Often buildings with a double-door entry system will place wiper/scraper mats in the vestibule area between the two sets of doors. They are approximately 1.5 metres (5ft) in length .|
- Wiper Mats: Wiper mats help ensure that the first step taken off the high-performance matting system and onto the hard-surface floor or carpeting of the building is clean, dry, and soil free
Cleaning Makes It Work
For mats to capture dirt and germs they must be cleaned and maintained . In some facilities, this might mean vacuuming the matting throughout the day. In others, just once a day may be all that is necessary. It all depends on foot traffic, climate, and other conditions.
Additionally, high-performance mats, especially because they store soil and moisture below the surface, eventually will need to be cleaned. The best option is to clean them using hot water extraction. This helps remove soils stored below the surface of the matting. Proper cleaning not only helps the mat work effectively but extends the life of the matting system as well.
Some green experts say they can get a good idea of how healthy a building is by just looking at the front door. If there is a high performance matting system installed at the entry, it is a good indication the facility practices green cleaning and places the health of its occupants first. To remove ice melter residue from entrance mats, use Vert-2-GO Storm Rinse. This product has been formulated to easily and quickly remove the white, sticky residue that ice melting compounds can leave on your flooring surfaces.
Consult with your Account Manager to select the best matting system for your facility.