Purpose for Mat
There are so many different applications for matting, it is important to fully understand the main purpose for your mat. To start with, think about what you or your employees need.
Do they work on their feet for prolonged periods of time? People across all sectors spend their working day on their feet. This includes production lines and workstation workers, hairdressers, kitchen staff, receptionists. The list goes on.
There is a unique type of mat specifically manufactured for these types of workers known as an Anti Fatigue Mat. Anti Fatigue Mats are designed in such a way to provide comfort to stand on whilst relieving aches and stresses put on the body from standing.
One cause of aches and pains from prolonged standing is due to restricted blood flow. Anti Fatigue Mats work by forcing the body to make continual micro-movements, thus helping to improve blood circulation.
As well as aches and pains, a person can experience tension, headaches, shooting pains in muscles, varicose veins and overall reduced productivity. For a more detailed explanation on Anti Fatigue Mats, you can read our in-depth article here.
Is your business entrance constantly dirty with dirt tracked in from outdoors?
Many business premises, especially customer facing businesses with high volume foot traffic find that they are often spending large amounts of money in cleaning costs, removing the dirt that has been tracked in by customers’ feet.
The simple and effective solution to this is to install entrance matting and door mats. These types of mats help to scrape dirt, debris and moisture from a persons foot to ensure the premises is kept clean and safe.
Slip and trips cost the industry $500,000 every year. This is an astonishing fact that is easily preventable. By installing entrance and door mats, you keep your business entrance dry, thus reducing the risk of accidents.
Depending on your requirements, there are two main categories for entrance matting. Indoor and Outdoor. Outdoor mats are typically all-rubber products used to scrape dirt and debris, whilst indoor door mats are fabric, typically Nylon, Polypropylene or Cotton and are designed to absorb remaining moisture.
Do you require further branding, whilst increasing safety?
Door mats are often also used to assist with company branding. Mat Centre will be introducing this feature in Q4 2015.
Do you have areas in your business premises that are prone to moisture and potential slipping accidents?
Despite the vast array of businesses out there, many share the problems. Luckily, there are only a few products to choose from which will help counter these.
The risk of slips in a workplace in areas prone to water is high. In such areas, businesses like to install non-slip mats. Non-slip (anti slip) mats, are used in many environments, and can be easily broken down into 2 main categories: Leisure and Industrial.
Leisure applications consist of swimming pools, changing rooms and saunas. There is often a need for these to include hygienic properties to ensure there is no transmit of fungal infections.
Industrial applications include things like rooftop walkways, workstations present to liquids, and restaurant kitchens.
Next Steps: Once you have decided the purpose for your matting, you must then think about the environment in which you intended to place the mat. Consider the following:
Foot Traffic: Different mats are made with different foot traffic intensity levels in mind. Usually, the more expensive the mat the better quality of durability. Often, as the price (and quality) increases you will also find that the mats incorporate other features such as an anti fatigue mats including non-slip properties. This is due to the reasoning that an anti fatigue mat in heavy foot traffic should require slip resistant properties to reduce slipping hazards and improve safety.
Colours: Do you have a particular colour scheme you have to adhere to due to company policy? Perhaps it is a company requirement to include the safety colours (black and yellow edges) to mats in industrial environments.
Mat Centre will cater to all of these.
This covers most of, but not all applications for mats. If you would like more info on specific matting types, please let us know and we would gladly provide more help. We hope that this article helped you understand a little more about what we offer here at Mat Centre. Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will gladly help.
The Mat Centre Team.