When specifying entrance matting, it’s useful to have some knowledge about how materials perform in order to optimise one’s investment.

Some matting materials repel moisture more effectively while others have better dirt-scraping properties, and some are more durable or crush-resistant. Matting will often incorporate more than one material for multi-action benefits. Known as specialists in the matting field, MATCO (now a COBA Africa business) offers the following advice.

Polyamide Nylon is a popular material for entrance matting, which is hardwearing and resilient to crushing. Regarded as premium quality, Nylon is a synthetic material for indoor use. Examples of MATCO products manufactured from Polyamide Nylon include Trio Scraper, Trio Brush and Super Scraper. Even MATCO’s Star Gripper Plus PVC Tile features polyamide inserts, as does Alubrush which comprises both polypropylene and polyamide brush strips for dual performance.

There is also a cotton matting ideal for indoor use as cotton is a natural fibre that performs like a towel, efficiently soaking up moisture. It is ideal for wet, oily or grease-carrying moisture and is equally effective for removing dry dust and dirt.

Coir is the traditional choice for doormats, but over recent years has been superseded by more modern materials. It is a natural material derived from the husks of coconut shells and has a coarse texture which gives it good scraping/brushing performance. Coir does not dry as quickly as other materials.  

For external matting, it is wise to opt for heavy-duty, weather-resistant rubber or PVC for scraping dirt from shoes.