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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

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 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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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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Trap That Tracked-In Soil with Matting


Tracked-in soil is the biggest threat to indoor air quality and building cleanliness.  The best way to mitigate the destructive power of tracked-in soil is to trap it before it gets a chance to damage your floor by using high quality, well-maintained walk-off matting. That is why a good set of commercial-grade floor mats is absolutely crucial to a complete floor care program. Heavy duty entrance matting captures and stops soil and debris before they get...

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Posted December 19, 2018 in Matting, Flooring, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Safety Regulations For Commercial Matting


Did you know that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) have combined their expertise to formally define safety regulations with respect to commercial entrance matting? To help make the regulations easier to meet, they have also developed standards to simplify processes for facility managers. This ANSI/NFSI B101.6-2012 “Standard Guide For Commercial Entrance Matting In Reducing Slips, Trips And Falls” can be broken down into three areas: Purpose Scope Application The purpose of 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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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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Official ANSI Walkway Safety Standards You Should Know


Did you know that American National Standards Institute (ANSI) B101 Committee on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention has an official document describing walkway safety standards for commercial buildings? The ANSI/NFSI B101.6-2012 "Standard Guide For Commercial Entrance Matting In Reducing Slips, Trips And Falls" provides criteria for the selection, installation, inspection, care and maintenance of entrance mats and runners in commercial facilities.  The goal of these standards is to reduce slip and fall accidents, tripping hazards, and other...

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How to Clean Your Commercial Entrance Matting


Choosing the right commercial entrance matting to buy is the first step to cleaner, safer flooring in your building - but it's only half the work to be done!  Dirty matting, no matter how high quality, is ineffective matting.  But fortunately, it's not hard to keep your entrance matting clean and working its best!  The cleaner you keep your entrance matting, the longer it will last and the more effective it will be at keeping your...

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Posted July 25, 2018 in Matting, Commercial Floor Mats|0 Comments

Easy ways to prevent slip and fall accidents


Did you know that slip and fall accidents are one of the most common (and most costly!) liabilities faced by commercial buildings that are open to the public?  In Florida in 2010, a retail customer that slipped and fell was awarded over $1.3 million by a Broward County jury after the business owners were found negligent for not routinely checking walkways for potential dangers.  In 2009, a jury in San Francisco awarded $265,000 to a shopper...

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