With a renewed interest in resilient floorcoverings with the advent of Luxury Vinyl Tiles, it becomes even more important for specifiers, developers and facilities managers to consider the use of entrance matting for their properties.
Both resilient and hard floorcoverings will soon begin to look ugly if dirt, grit and water are brought into the building without the means of removing them being provided, to protect the floor. Most people completely ignore the Please Wipe Your Feet signs, so it is left to an efficient matting system to do it for them.
Entrance mats are the first line of defence for any commercial facility, particularly those with high traffic volumes, which should be equipped with the correct dirt-trap matting system to suit the exact needs if the entrance is to continue to provide a welcoming sight for shoppers or visitors.
Start with proper quality exterior and interior mats at every entrance point. Quality mats are made with synthetic materials that wipe and scrape off unwanted dirt and debris, and an important feature of a good entrance mat is that it must be able to absorb a good amount of moisture. Many of these mats are made with a vinyl or rubber backing, and come in a variety of colours to work with your building’s décor. Company logos can also be provided.
Size and shape are an important consideration when choosing a mat for any facility. Ideally, the mat should cover 5-7 steps to remove the dirt from the soles of footwear. Keep in mind the average adult stride is about one metre, so, if possible, the entrance mat should be 5-6 metres into the entrance to isolate the majority of dirt.
This is not always possible due to the shape or size of the entrance area, so regular cleaning is more of an issue in these areas. Proper maintenance of the mats starts with light vacuuming on a regular basis, followed by a scheduled cleaning programme.
The first step to be considered when evaluating facilities matting needs is working with a professional company that knows matting applications and has a proven track record, and in this respect Matco Marketing has experienced mat specialists that can provide matting solutions to handle any requirement.