Matting is your premises first line of defence against all of the debris that might come from wet footwear, so its important to consider a mats material and size in relation to where it will be used. We have put together some simple steps to help you make the correct choice.
1. Choose your mats according to where they will be placed.
• If the mat is going to be used outdoors, make sure that it is made out of hardwearing weather-resistant materials such as rubber or PVC.
• Scraper mats are best suited for entrances that usually have a lot of muddy shoes coming through them.
• If the mat is going indoors, then consider synthetic materials such as decalon; polypropylene or polyamide. Cotton or coconut fibre (coir) are good natural alternatives.
2. Place mats both inside and outside.
• The outside mat will be used to scrape off the majority of the dirt from your shoes.
• The inside mat will mainly be used to catch any lingering debris left on your shoes, think of these mats as ‘transitional’.
• There is also a third mat that is sometimes placed further into a building, this is used as a final method of drying off the bottom of your shoe to make sure it is clean.
3. Try to use longer mats for a better result.
• Using longer mats ensures that people who enter will hopefully end up stepping on each of the mats at least once with each foot.
• This will result in more debris being removed from people’s shoes, which ultimately makes the use of the mats more effective.
4. Use outdoor mats based on the weather/season.
• Although the outdoor rubber mats are durable, cost-efficient and they don’t slide when you wipe your shoes, its better off keeping them indoors during the winter.
• This is because cold and prolonged exposure to bad weather conditions can cause the rubber to crack and the mat to become ruined.
5. Keep the mat in its place.
• The worst thing that could happen with a mat is it not being firm on the ground and having it slip out from underneath you when trying to walk over or wipe your feet on it.
• Make sure to choose a mat with a thick, non-slip backing that will keep the mat in place.
6. Make sure to check sizes and measurements.
• Doormats come in many different shapes and sizes, it is important that it fits the size of your door, obviously two feet will have to fit on the mat. But it’s best to make sure that it is about 3/4 (80%) the width of the doorway where it will be used.
• Also make sure consider the height of the mat, as if it is too thick it may slide with people’s feet or get stuck under the door when it opens. So make sure to keep thicker mats to outdoor use.
7. Clean your mats periodically.
• Make sure to shake, vacuum, or sweep out any loose debris from your mats. If the mat is near enough dry, this may be all you need to do.
• As for indoor throw rugs, many can be washed in a machine and dried out on a line. • With outdoor mats, simply spray them down with a nozzle on a garden hose.