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Grizzly FX outlasts the competition – and we can prove it.


Grizzly FX is a super heavy-duty, premium quality commercial entrance matting product - but don't take our word for it.  We can prove it! We had Grizzly FX lab tested by Professional Testing Laboratory Inc., a totally independent professional lab in Dalton, GA (the "Carpet Capital of the World").  We subjected Grizzly FX to the lab equivalent of 20,000 units of foot traffic  under the ASTM D6119 testing methodology ("Creating Surface Appearance Changes in Pile Yarn Floor Covering from...

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How to Pick the Right Entry Mats to Protect Your Hotel Lobby from Dirt and Debris?


Choosing the right entrance mats for your hotel doesn't need to be complicated or difficult - but it can be tough to navigate on your own!  Scraper mats, dryer mats, polypropylene vs nylon vs PVC - there's a lot to choose from! Ideally, a perfect entrance matting system for a hotel (or any other public-facing business with ingress from the outdoors) would use a three-stage entrance matting system: First Stage: deployed fully outdoors, aggressive scraping action, maximum...

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Floor Mats are The First Thing Your Hotel Guests See – How to Make Yours Pop Out?


Your entrance mats are the first point of actual contact that your guests have with your hotel.  They they don't touch your parking lot and landscaping, they don't touch your automatic doors, but they do touch your entrance matting - even if it's only with their feet.  Sturdy, commercial-grade mats make a good first impression...and rental-grade throw-down mats get bunched up and snagged in suitcase wheels, annoying your guests from the start. How do you make your mats pop? ...

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How Much Maintenance Do Large Commercial Entrance Mats Need in Winter?


We often get asked about the maintenance required for large commercial entrance mats - how much, how often, what's required, etc.  And the easy answer is...there is no easy answer! Imagine that your entrance matting is like putting a bucket under the hole in a leaky roof in a rainstorm: the more it rains, the sooner it fills up.  The frequency in which maintenance is necessary is dependent on how much service that mat (or bucket!) is...

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5 Reasons Why Franchise Owners Should Use Custom Entrance Mats


Custom entrance matting is important for any business that serves the public, but it's especially important for franchisees who have to maintain brand standards!  Here's five good reasons why franchise owners should use custom entrance mats: Increase brand recognition.  You're paying for the rights to use a recognized brand through your franchise fees - why not take maximum advantage of those rights and leverage that brand to the fullest?  A custom logo mat can help reinforce...

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Use Mats to Highlight Floor Hazards


While most people think of the front door when they think about commercial floor matting, did you know that you can also use matting to highlight potential trip hazards? The most common trip-and-fall point in commercial buildings is the transitions between different areas with different flooring surfaces.  Walking from carpeting to tile, or from asphalt to linoleum, or any other change from one surface to another with a different coefficient of friction is a breeding ground for...

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Spotted IRL: Size Matters!


I recently spotted in the wild a perfect example of what typically goes wrong with entrance matting at retail stores.  This particular retailer (who shall remain nameless!) has its entrance into the store directly from the street (outdoors) - there is no vestibule or transition from outside to inside. So where have they gone wrong here?  Let's take a look: Too small!  They've used an off-the-shelf standard size mat for their entrance, and you can see just...

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Posted March 13, 2019 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Use Entrance Matting To Prevent Pests


Although entrance matting is less likely to harbor unwanted pests than standard carpeting, it is still a potential entryway for ticks, fleas and other creepy-crawlies that are carried into your building on service animals or people’s clothing.  Custodial departments should treat entrance matting the same way they treat carpeting when controlling pest infestations.  As with carpeting, the first line of defense in preventing or reducing pest infestations is daily vacuuming. Using vacuums equipped with a beater brush...

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Posted March 6, 2019 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Stop Dirt At The Door With Exterior Floor Mats


The most effective entrance matting programs actually begin outside of your commercial building! Deploying aggressive scraper exterior entrance mats can be used to scrape off large debris such as salt, snow and ice in the winter and keep those contaminants from even entering your building at all.  Exterior scraper matting can also be able to handle the dense oils and debris from parking lot material. Bridging the gap between your exterior matting and your interior spaces is equally...

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Most Workplaces Underestimate Slip & Fall Risk: Survey


A new report from New Pig Corporation (an authority on leaks, drips, and spills) shows that slip-and-fall accident risk is being severely underestimated by many professional property management organizations, and that these risks and aren't being adequately mitigated. The Walk Zone Safety Report examines slips, trips, and falls in workplaces and public facilities, and was prepared in 2017 by New Pig by surveying maintenance, safety, health risk, and facilities management professionals across multiple industries. The New Pig survey clearly indicates...

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Minimize Dirt with Walk-Off Matting


The ideal walk-off entrance matting program is one that will minimize tracked-in debris, prevent slips, trips and falls, and still provide a visually appealing entryway.  Successful programs consist of three key phases: phase 1 begins outside the building with a heavy-duty scraper mat that is designed to scrape off heavy soil and water from shoes while they're still outside the entrance.  The best way to clean up dirt is to keep it from coming inside your...

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Posted February 13, 2019 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments