The entrance is the building’s first impression. As with any introduction, to people, places or products – first impressions are critical. Entrances have to satisfy a variety of requirements including attractive design, high throughput rate (even during the busiest if times) and excellent functionality. Entrance Mats come in a range of colours and patterns to match any interior and improve the overall aesthetics of the entrance – giving it a professional, stylish and allows you to ‘upscale’ the appearance of making every first impression a great one.
- Entrance mats reduce cleaning costs
Between 70-80% of dust, dirt and grime in public buildings is tracked in from the outside and spread throughout the floors. A recent report stated that over a 20 day period, 1000 people can walk in 9.6kg of dirt into a building. This can increase by as much as 12 times during wet weather.
The benefits of a good entrance matting system can be measured in annual savings towards your companies cleaning costs. The more dirt removed at the entrance, the less can become airborne inside the building. Entrance matting is the first line of defence in keeping dirt and debris from entering the building
- Entrance mats protect and preserve interior flooring
Constant tracking of dirt into the building is also a prime factor in the wearing of interior floors and carpeting. Dirt and soils have a texture that is similar to a razor which are ground into floors during walking, causing scraping on smooth flooring and as carpets are walked on, their fibres can be cut. Within the first 6 feet, 42% of the floor’s finish or carpet nap will be removed after only 1500 people have entered thereby shortening the overall life span of interior flooring. Entrance Mats are made with coarser fibres that are designed to preserve the floor by absorbing much of the initial abuse that would otherwise shorten the interior flooring or carpeting useable life to protect the investment.
- Entrance mats help to prevent slips, trips and falls
Slips and falls are the leading cause of workplace accidents in schools, homes, hotels, restaurants, and public buildings. (70% occur on flat and level surfaces).
The four main causes of slip and trip accidents are:
- Slippery/wet surfaces caused by water and other fluids
- Slippery surfaces caused by dry or dusty floor contamination
- Obstructions both temporary and permanent
- Uneven surfaces and changes of level
In dry weather, entrance ways can accumulate dirt on the surface. Sand, bits of gravel and dirt are commonly called “boulder dust” because they act as miniature ball bearings when caught between a hard floor surface and a smooth shoe sole. The shoe loses traction and skids away causing the person to lose control and fall.
During bad weather conditions including rain, snow and sleet, interior flooring can quickly become slippery and interior carpet can become saturated thereby increasing the risk of slips and falls. Entrance mats play a role in reducing slips and falls due to wet floors by properly drying wet shoes and in keeping indoor and outdoor entrances accessible for people with mobility impairments such as walking aids and wheelchairs.
Logo Mats and Custom Printed Mats
Logo Matting provides the option to completely customise a quality dust control mat with a company image, logo or message for powerful branding. As visitors enter, the entrance mat becomes a large promotional opportunity to enhance your company identity and truly welcome guests, because as visitors enter your building they will primarily look to the floor.
The main function of a mat is to clean and dry shoes. A proper entrance mat stops dirt and moisture from getting tracked into facilities, reduces interior cleaning costs, prevents slips and falls on wet floors, preserves interior flooring by absorbing the initial abuse and improves indoor air quality.
The size, material and density of the mat is therefore important to ensure the mat has the ability to perform this main function, but also in its durability, water absorption and dirt removal capacity. NBB Matting has a great selection of high quality logo mats that perform this function well, yet also provide an excellent opportunity to promote your brand or business name.