First impressions matter. Upon entering a building, customers are assessing their experience. Many factors are at play, but a clean, dry floor creates a good first impression. Proper entrance matting it is often overlooked or an afterthought and yet it is so significant to a clean, safe and healthy environment. A proper entrance matting system helps businesses of all kinds provide a safer, healthier and more attractive environment for their employees and customers. Check out our top reasons why you should take a closer look at your entrance mats.
According to the Institute of Industrial Launderers, approximately 80% of the soil, dust, and moisture that enter a facility are tracked in on the shoes of building staff and visitors. Effective, high performance matting can trap and hold up to 75% of this soil at the door.
The primary purpose of an entrance mat is to remove that soil and any moisture from the shoe. While this appears obvious, not all entrance mats actually accomplish this goal. The most effective option is a mat that provides a combination of scraping and wiping to stop the spread of soil and contaminants. A mat with inferior scraping ability will wear quickly and not absorb moisture.
Without effective entrance matting, as few as 1,500 people can remove 42 percent of the finish from a floor. Combine this with dirt and rain, and you have the recipe for injury due to a slip and fall. Entrance mats should always be slip-resistant. Mats that prevent leakage on to the adjacent floor surface can help to decrease slipping hazards. Rubber vs. vinyl backed mats can offer slip resistant advantages. Vinyl-backed mats may curl, while rubber-backed mats do not.
Tracked in dirt and moisture can cause scratches, scuff marks and staining on interior flooring surfaces. Entrance matting can eliminate damaging particles from the bottoms of shoes before reaching interior flooring and will help prolong its new appearance.
As mentioned above, about 80% of soil and dust that enters a facility is on the shoes of employees and visitors. A proper entrance matting system will reduce exposure to hazardous particulates and chemical pollutants and improve indoor air quality.
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