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Carpeting vs Matting – What’s the Difference?


It's a common terminology mistake that we see all the time.  Clients use the words "carpet" and "mat" interchangeably when talking about their front entrance...but the actual meaning of those terms couldn't be more different!  Equating a commercial carpet with a proper commercial entrance mat is like equating a high heel shoe and a gumboot - although they're both footwear, they obviously serve very different functions in very different ways, and they're definitely not interchangeable! Carpet's top...

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Posted October 8, 2020 in Matting, Flooring, Entrance Mats, Carpets|0 Comments

4 quick reasons why your commercial entrance mats matter.


Property managers are busy professionals with a lot of responsibilities to look after, which is why some important things get inadvertently overlooked.¬† Here's four quick reasons why you should take a minute to make sure your building's entrance matting is up to snuff: 1. Reduce Janitorial Costs Studies have shown that over 80% of the dirt and debris contaminating a building are tracked in via shoe bottoms ‚Äď and that it costs (on average) over $500 to remove...

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Posted September 3, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

What does a teacup, a trashcan, and an entrance mat have in common?


They'll all hold water, but the bigger it is...the more it holds before it overflows! All of our mats are made to order, so we get requests for custom-sized mats all the time - and that's exactly what we love to do!  But the most common problem we see is that people often want to undersize their matting compared to what their building needs based on foot traffic. Imagine you've got a leaky roof, and it's pouring rain outside.  You've...

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Posted August 14, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

The end of “commodity cleaning” in the post-coronavirus world?


A new white paper published by Secure Clean Building Services explains why the the COVID-19 pandemic may spell the end of of price-based "commodity cleaning" for commercial buildings.  As a result of the coronavirus, the quality, thoroughness, and overall value of cleaning and disinfecting services will take centre stage.  After witnessing the havoc a virus invisible to the naked eye can cause on the economy, cleaning that's simply "good enough" or that "looks clean" just won't...

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How big should your commercial entrance mats be?


Keeping your commercial building's floors clean and safe starts right at your front doors, and your entrance matting is your first line of defense.  The amount and quality of your entrance matting has more impact on the overall condition of your building than most people think.  The performance of your matting impacts not only the cleanliness of your floors, but also affects your indoor air quality (through trapped dirt and dust), and even your responsibilities as...

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Posted July 24, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

WorkSafeBC levies COVID-19 health, safety orders against 334 businesses


As of last week (July 3, 2020), WorkSafeBC has levied COVID-19 related Health & Safety orders against 334 businesses here in BC - with nearly a third of them being against service industry businesses.  Hair salons, schools, hospitals, gyms, hotels, restaurants, and other similar service industry businesses have accounted for 104 of WorkSafeBC's recent H&S orders due to inadequate responses to COVID-19 protocols. The next most-common offending industry is manufacturing with 82 orders issued, which includes meat processing, breweries,...

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Posted July 15, 2020 in Flooring, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Survey shows that dirty floors could drive away over half of your customers!


More often than not, the part of your building that customers notice first upon entering is your floor.  Clean, tidy floors with well-kept entrance matting gives clients an impression of care; they suggest that your facility prioritizes appearance and make the customer experience a priority.  On the other hand, dirty floors and sloppy mats can have the opposite effect - if the areas your customers can see look shoddy and badly-kept, how bad must things be in...

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How much dirt does YOUR entrance mat trap?


How much destructive dirt and grit does YOUR entrance mat trap? (No video above?   Click here.) This much dirt fell out of a 2-year-old Grizzly FX mat after we turned it face-down on the floor...and that's after it had already been professionally cleaned once!  These 7'0 " x 7'0" mats are in service at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, a moderate-to-high traffic public market retail space. This amount of dirt is typical for a main entrance to a large...

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Posted July 8, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Entrance mats don’t have to be ugly.


When most people think about commercial entrance mats, they typically picture something like this: A bog-standard mat.  It sort of fits, sort of doesn't, but that's the closest 'standard size' the distributor had to offer.  It's kinda ugly, but not offensively so.  It usually flops over when people have walked in and needs to be fixed at least a couple of times a day.  It doesn't really do much cleaning, but it's at least a little better...

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How is an entrance mat like a cutting board?


At first blush, you wouldn't think an entrance mat at your building's lobby and a cutting board on your kitchen countertop would have anything in common.  But set aside their physical properties, and let's look at functionality for a moment. Which one is the item that: you use to protect an expensive-to-replace surface against damage from normal, everyday use, is a sacrificial surface that takes the brunt of wear and tear, and is far easier to replace...

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Hair, nails, and tanning – why personal service businesses need sanitizing mats.


Personal service businesses - like hairdressers, nail salons, and sun tanning studios - have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and getting back on their feet is going to be a real challenge!  That's partly due to the close physical quarters these sorts of services require, and partly because these services have to make their customers feel good along with looking good. Those customer good feelings start with a feeling of safety and security as they...

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Posted June 18, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Why are Grizzly Sanitize mats the best choice for grocery stores?


Grocery stores are one of those essential services that have remained open throughout the entire pandemic, and they're one of the few retail locations that everybody has to visit at some point.  And just as grocery stores are uniquely necessary, they've also got unique needs when it comes to flooring - and especially sanitizing mats, for one big reason: Grocery stores especially need sanitizing mats for the actual disinfecting action, AND for good customer optics. Food-focused retailers know that cleanliness...

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Posted June 18, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments