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Should you care about entrance mats?

Posted April 8, 2021 in Matting, Entrance Mats
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Absolutely YES! Especially if you’re a person in one of these 5 key roles:

  1. You control your building’s operations budget.
  2. You manage custodial and janitorial services.
  3. You are responsible for workplace health and safety.
  4. You create brand awareness and marketing strategies for your company.
  5. You manage the customer experience and are responsible for customer satisfaction.

You might be thinking, “What on earth do entrance mats have to do with any of those people?” Let us explain!


1. You control your building’s operations budget.

Most property managers are hobbled by shrinking operating budgets and ever-expanding scopes of responsibilities…you’re perpetually tasked with getting more done with less!  Finding hidden efficiencies are a great way to stretch that budget even further, and taking a critical look at your building’s entrance matting can almost always uncover new savings.  Did you know that on average, a weekly matting rental service contract costs about 50% more than purchasing and self-maintaining entrance mats over a 3 year period?  The savings grow bigger the longer you own, and high-quality matting (like our Grizzly FX) last up to 10 years or more in commercial duty.

And the savings of ownership don’t stop there…there’s knock-on effect savings through cleaner, safer, dryer floors that are easier to keep clean.

2. You manage custodial and janitorial services.

Property management professionals are always looking for smart ways to reduce costs, boost efficiencies, and get more work done with fewer resources. Proper, functional, commercial-quality entrance matting can reduce your manhours spent on floor cleaning.  Good-quality, high-performance matting – not floppy, sloppy rental matting – actively grabs and traps incoming dirt, keeping it concentrated at the entrance points where cleanup is easy and fast…not distributed throughout your building.  Imagine that incoming dirt is like a sticky spilled liquid: it’s much easier and faster to clean up that sticky spill when it’s concentrated into a small puddle, rather than it being spread out over hundreds of square feet in a fine mist!

3. You are responsible for workplace health and safety.

H&S officers have to keep a sharp eye out for workplace dangers, and trip-and-fall hazards are a safety threat for both employees and customers/visitors. Rental mats are notorious for being tripping hazards simply because of how floppy they are – they simply don’t stay put and lie flat on the floor!  Shoes catch on the edges and corners of rental mats as people walk over them, causing them to wrinkle up, flop over, and become a serious trip-and-fall hazard. Rental mats are prone to flop because they’re “launderable”…which is just another way to say “as floppy as a bath towel because this mat has to be limp enough to go into an industrial washing machine”!

What’s beneficial for the rental service isn’t beneficial for you – and shouldn’t YOU be the one who benefits from the expense of having entrance mats?

4. You create brand awareness and marketing strategies for your company.

Most people watch where they’re walking, which means that they often have eyes on the floor when they enter a building. Why not put your logo or branding messaging right in front of their eyes? Your facility’s flooring is an untapped resource for branding opportunities that most retailers have been overlooking. Use your entrance mats for a dual purpose: improve building safety and cleanliness, while simultaneously reinforcing your brand with an inlaid logo! Entrance matting is a necessity for a well-managed commercial building, so why not take maximum advantage of that blank canvas to get your message across?

5. You manage the customer experience and are responsible for customer satisfaction.

Entrance matting is the first physical touchpoint that your customers and visitors have with your space. The floor mat is the first part of a building’s interior that they directly touch, and your floor mats make a massive impact on their first impressions. Do they look clean and tidy, or are they dirty and covered in debris? Do they properly fit the space, or are they a sloppy hodgepodge of mismatched throw-down mats? Do they feel stable and secure underfoot, or are they slippy and floppy? Customers make judgements about a business without even realizing they’re doing it…are you letting crappy mats undermine your hard work in creating a top-quality customer experience?


We can help!

There’s more to entrance mats than most people think, but don’t worry – we’re the experts who love to help! Give us a call today to discuss your entrance challenges, and we’ll help you find the right solution for both your building and your budget.

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