3 Entryway Matting Characteristics to Keep Your Facility Safe and Clean

Slip and Fall on Wet Floor

A proper matting entryway system is an important component of every facility. In 2011, ground-level falls attributed to 15% of all injuries and illness that required days away from work. Mats Inc. CleanZone™ System is designed to stop and localize dirt to keep floors safe for customers, guests and employees to help reduce the chance for injury.

Look for the qualities in the checklist below to find the right mat for the right purpose.

Entrance Matting Checklist

  • Stop soil and water at the door – Surprisingly, not all entrance mats are designed to do this. Matting is really a two-part system. Unbacked scrapers should be placed outside the doors for large debris removal, and a combination of backed scraper/absorption mats should be placed inside the door for moisture retention and further debris removal. A 30-foot matting system is recommended to effectively remove 100% of dirt from shoes. The combination of scraping and wiping will help stop the maximum amount of contaminants from entering the building.
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Image via Mats Inc.

  • Store soil and water for removal – The most effective entrance mats are designed for maximum storage and easy removal of soil and water. The mat should also contain the soil and water so it cannot spread to the surrounding floor – any water should be absorbed and held below the traffic surface to prevent a spill-over that can lead to slip/fall dangers. Mats with vinyl backing help to prevent the water from penetrating through the mat and won’t stain the floor. Higher performance mats absorb and contain soil and water after removal.
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Image via Mats Inc.
  • Minimize tracking of soil and water – For minimizing tracking, the best mat design features crush-resistant fibers that scrape off dirt, and nylon fibers for removal of moisture. The dual-fiber construction provides more surface area for scraping and wiping than a bi-level construction mat, while still allowing moisture to seep through for storage and dirt to be trapped. Capturing large quantities of moisture and dirt helps to minimize what is tracked further into the facility. Low-performance mats with non-reinforced, ribbed or cut-pile face yarn alone will not hold up under foot pressure, and tend to crush in a short period of time. This allows water and dirt to reattach to shoes and track into the facility. A high-performance mat with dual-fiber construction extends the life of the mat and reduces the need for frequent mat disposal or replacement.

Image via Mats Inc.

Image via Mats Inc.

The localization of dirt and water with a proper entryway matting system helps to reduce slips and falls, providing a safe walking surface at your facility. Not only that, but by keeping the dirt in one place, it makes for easier clean-up and dramatically lowers the cleaning cost of the facility!

View the Mats Inc. CleanZone™ System Brochure to learn more about stopping dirt at the door.

Mats Inc. CleanZone™ System Brochure

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Courtney Petesch

Courtney Petesch is the Marketing Specialist for HP Products, a distributor of 50,000 facility maintenance products throughout the Midwest. Courtney has over 5 years of experience managing e-commerce product content and merchandising, overseeing social media initiatives, executing email marketing campaigns and evaluating analytics.