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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

4 great reasons why you should lease entrance matting


That's right - you can lease your commercial entrance matting for your large commercial building! Leasing your matting can be a good option for building owners who have a limited budget for capital expenditures, or who would prefer to have their matting costs come out of their maintenance budget instead (like rental mats). Here's four great reasons why leasing your entrance matting might be right for your building: Substantially lower initial cost.  The biggest advantage of leasing your entrance matting...

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Entrance Matting Standards Reduce Slips, Trips, And Falls


Every year thousands of North Americans are injured in slip, trip, and fall accidents that occur when entering a commercial building. The right kind of entrance matting can contribute to the prevention of potential injuries, and also can help defend against possible litigation. Although entrance matting can play a significant role in preventing these accidents, the wrong type or wrong amount also actually contribute to trips and falls when buckled, curled, or flopped over. Although it seems...

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4 Common Matting Questions Answered


Because we're matting experts, we get asked the same questions pretty frequently from clients who are looking to make their commercial buildings better.  Here's answers to four of the most common matting questions that we get asked. How does matting keep buildings clean? A good entrance matting system can keep about 80% of outdoor dirt from being walked into a facility, but a really effective one can stop up to 98% of dirt! Matting is actually such...

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Top 10 Tips to Make Your Entrance Mats Last


Most commercial building engineers and facility managers know how important quality, high-performance entry matting can be to the overall health and air quality of their buildings.  But in order for matting to do its job effectively, it needs to be maintained! Here's ten top tips to make your entry matting perform better and last even longer: Unroll that mat ASAP!  Mats that have just arrived have typically been rolled up for shipping, and (if it's fall or...

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Why Routine Cleaning is so Important for your Entrance Mats


When it comes to maintaining your walk-off entrance matting, most people underestimate how much cleaning they need to do and how much work their mats can do on their own.  The easiest way to understand just why regular, routine cleaning is so essential is to look at your mats the way you'd look at a pail you took to the beach.  You can dump sand into the pail, but once that pail is full the sand...

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Posted January 9, 2019 in Matting, Entrance Mats, Heavy Duty Mats|0 Comments

Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls With Matting


In addition to chemicals and equipment, matting is essential for preventing slips, trips and falls in commercial facilities. A proper mat program should start at each entrance to the building, not just the front lobby. Mats placed there can dress up the lobby, but they will also help keep dirt, water and foreign debris from getting tracked into the facility. The more contaminants that get trapped at each outdoor entrance, the less risk there is for slip-and-fall...

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