Materials play a big part in the performance of the mat, and we believe if you understand how material affects performance, you can make a more informed decision on which entrance mat is best for you.
Materials in entrance mats vary greatly and although some may be visually identical, the results they achieve can be very different. For example, some materials are naturally fast drying and less flexible than others making them more crush resistant. These materials make great indoor entrance mats. The manufacturing process also plays a large role in fully utilizing these materials to perform to their best. This process can make sure that the fibers are structured in a way that can achieve different results – some mats will brush, scrape, absorb, or some may even do all 3!
Door Mats – The Materials
Natural Rubber/ Nitrile Rubber
Rubber mats are designed especially for more heavy duty environments and make perfect outdoor entrance mats. Nitrile is the most hardwearing of all rubber mats, as it is resistant to greases, oils and most chemicals. Nitrile has the ability to withstand temperatures of -40°C up to +108°C. Natural Rubber is a product of the ‘Rubber Tree’, whilst Nitrile is its synthetic counterpart. Although Natural Rubber doesn’t offer the same levels of resistance as Nitrile, it is far more flexible and still offers a fantastic lifespan. Nitrile and Rubber entrance mats are generally designed for outdoor use.
Nylon is a synthetic fibre and is highly regarded as a great material for entrance mats. Nylon offers a type of fibre called Polyamide which has a tough texture and is commonly used in more heavy duty entrance mats, but often with a price tag to reflect its quality. This sort of material is found in entrance mats in busy public areas such as shopping centres, or other areas where high footfall is expected. Nylon is great at brushing and scraping dirt off shoes, and is crush resistant meaning it holds its structure well. It also keeps that ‘new’ look for a long time as it is a very stain resistant material. Nylon surface is best used as an indoor entrance mat.
Polypropylene has an abrasive texture which acts as an effective scraper to dirt on shoes. This makes our door mats that contain polypropylene fibres a very popular choice. It comes at a lower price tag to nylon entrance mats, and is generally used for less intense foot traffic areas. Its durability and versatility makes it very popular with office environments, retail, hotels and leisure centres’.
Cotton is a natural fiber and is a fantastic absorbent material, making it great for indoor entrance mats. Cotton is a very soft material making it very nice to walk on, but it does have a tendency to flatten after time or after absorbing heavy amount of moisture. This will usually return to its original state after a wash at 40°C making cleaning hassle free. Cotton indoor entrance mats should be used in low traffic environments as they are delicate in comparison to nylon and polypropylene.