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7 Points to Check About Your Entrance Matting


It's always a good idea to have entrance matting at your building's portals, but are your mats truly working as hard as they should be for you?  Here's seven points on which you should be evaluating your current entrance matting situation to make sure that you're getting the best bang for your buck. Placement.  Entrance matting needs to be placed in the right areas of a building to be effective.  The most obvious spot is the...

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ANSI Safety Standards Reduce Slip and Fall Accidents


According to studies conducted by CNA Insurance, slip and fall accidents account for 61% of all claims and 53% of total claim costs for businesses with retail or public-facing areas.  How can business owners or custodial operations managers know the condition of their floors and prevent slip and fall accidents? It's easy!  You can use the formal safety standards governing floor safety published by the American National Standards Institute. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in conjunction with the...

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Top 10 reasons you need a new matting system


Many commercial property managers are unaware of just how important high-performance entrance mats are to a building's overall health and appearance.  Here's ten top reasons for why you might need to install a new entrance matting system in your commercial building: No current mats at all.  While this isn't a very regular occurrence, some buildings try to make-do without any type of entrance matting whatsoever.  We see this most often in buildings that have placed a...

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Posted November 21, 2018 in Matting, Entrance Mats, Heavy Duty Mats|0 Comments

Use Matting to Reduce Injuries and Labour Costs


Entrance matting isn't just for aesthetic purposes - when used properly, it can help reduce the potential for client and staff injuries due to slip and fall accidents, and it can also help to reduce your overall cleaning expenses.  Think of your entrance matting as a gatekeeper for your building's doorways: the right type and amount of matting stops dirt from crossing into your building and spreading itself out, making itself more difficult and costly to...

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Dirt is more destructive than you think!


Did you know that nearly 80% of all the soil that accumulates on carpets consists of sand, dirt, and other dry particulates?  This type of soiling is gritty and abrasive, and directly contributes to the premature wearing-out of your carpet's fibres and producing a dull, lifeless appearance.  If this soil isn't removed through regular cleaning and maintenance, the particulates work their way down to the bottom of the carpet pile and rest against the primary backing. ...

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Top 10 Slip and Fall Risk Factors You Should Know


The first step to reducing slip and fall accidents is identifying their causes!  Here's a list of the top ten most common causes of slip and fall accidents in commercial buildings that you should know: Flooring surface type.  Some types of flooring surfaces have coefficients of friction that vary immensely under different conditions!  Various types of tile flooring can be nice and grippy when dry, but as soon as it's wet it can become slicker than...

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NFSI Commercial Matting Standards You Should Know


Commercial property managers have a responsibility to ensure that their buildings are kept clean and safe, both for staff and for the general public.  Did you know that there actually are formal standards governing the use of entrance matting for commercial properties? Section 6 of the ANSI/NFSI B101.6-2012 “Standard Guide For Commercial Entrance Matting In Reducing Slips, Trips And Falls” emphasizes that it is the property manager’s responsibility to not just select the right type of entrance matting for...

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7 Tips For Placing Mats


Most property managers know that floor matting should be placed at building entrances, but did you know that there are other kinds of mats for other areas in your building?  Different mats serve different purposes, and there are more areas in your building that need matting besides your front door! Here's a few spots in your commercial facility or industrial building that you may have overlooked when considering your matting needs: Guide visitors to your building with...

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Entrance Matting Standards You Should Know


Did you know that there are formal, codified standards for entrance matting for commercial buildings?  And that the building engineer and/or property management company is responsible for the selection and deployment of adequate entrance matting to meet these standards? Section 6 of the ANSI/NFSI B101.6-2012 “Standard Guide For Commercial Entrance Matting In Reducing Slips, Trips And Falls” emphasizes that it is the facility manager’s responsibility to choose the proper type of entrance matting, and also to have sufficient entrance...

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Test Your Healthcare Floors to Check Safety Standard Compliance


Instituting proper cleaning procedures, mat programs and chemical use training will help to reduce or eliminate slips and falls in a healthcare facility. However, how can healthcare facility executives know for sure their floors are compliant with all national traction standards for patron and patient safety? The answer is to have the floors independently tested by a qualified auditor that utilizes ANSI national testing slip-and-fall safety standards. These testing standards quantify the traction requirements for pedestrian safety...

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LEED Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Strategies You Should Know


Did you know that your entryway matting can contribute up to 2 points towards your building's LEED certification? LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements are standard practices for purchasing and designing with environmentally friendly materials for a building. Points are used to measure how "green" a building is in specific areas of design and construction. The sum of all these points determine the scale of LEED Certification in a building. To qualify for one of the...

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Posted September 26, 2018 in Matting, Entrance Mats, Commercial Floor Mats|0 Comments

10 Matting Terms Every Property Manager Should Know


If you're responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of a commercial property, you already know that there's more to entrance matting than the average person thinks!  There's a wide variety of different entrance matting products and styles, each with its own performance envelope, intended use, and construction style.  Here's a list of ten matting terms that every professional property manager should know: Wiper/Dryer:  Wiper mats (or dryer mats) are textile mats for indoor use only.  They're...

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