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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Types of Commercial Floor Mats

On a recent visit to our Commercial & Uniform Services Division, I got a glimpse of some really cool supplies.  I was particularly fascinated with our huge assortment of floor mats – all the colors, sizes, and varieties.  I had lots of questions, so Mike Feudale, Manager of both A Cleaner World Fire, Smoke, and Water Restoration Services and A Cleaner World’s Commercial and Uniform Division, gave me a lesson.

Logo Mats -- First impressions are so important.  That’s why Oliver Diesel & Auto Repair choses to place this logo mat inside their front door.

But this mat isn’t just for looks.  It serves a much higher purpose.  Did you know that according to nsc.org (National Safety Council), falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the US, accounting for 8.9 million visits to the emergency room?  And the Healthy Facilities Institute shares on their website that 85% of all soil enters a building on the feet of building occupants.  This mat does so much more than display Oliver’s logo or match their d├ęcor.  It protects both the building and those that enter it.  These logo mats are made of incredibly durable nylon – solution dyed so they won’t fade, heat set into rubber so they won’t crack, and have a crush resistant pile so they won’t look worn – and can capture 80% of the dust and dirt that enters through the front door.  They also work well in inclement weather by holding several gallons of water.  Further, they are slip-resistant so they can help prevent slips and falls.

Raised Scraper Mats -- While our logo mats work well on their own, our customers like to pair them up with this raised scraper mat.

It is designed to be placed right outside the front door so that folks can scrape and remove dirt, debris and snow from the bottoms of their shoes.  “Scraper mats are a great barrier to keep dirt from going through the front door in the first place, removing up to 50% of the soil on the soles of those that enter,” explained Mike.  “Just think how tidy a business could stay by utilizing both these mats.”  But here’s one really cool feature about this mat – it can be flipped over and used at any employee work station as an anti-fatigue mat to create a more comfortable work environment.  I should also add that they are made of 100% rubber so they are very durable and have beveled edges so there will be no tripping.

Wet Area Mats – These mats are perfect for restaurant kitchens or behind bars because water goes right through the circle holes and stays trapped.  Then at the end of business hours, remove the mats, clean the floor, and place them back down for the next business day.  These mats also have anti-fatigue properties, but more importantly they help prevent slips and falls.  And they too are made of 100% rubber and have beveled edges.
I couldn’t believe how much I learned about mats in a quick 20-minute lesson.  And I have to admit that I was a bit jealous.  I’d love to figure out how to get my hands on some for use at my own home.  If only I could keep my family from tracking so much dirt in……  But if you have a business in the Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem area and a need, just call Scottie Springer at 336-870-6299.  He will be glad to stop by and help you figure out exactly what you need – even if it is only for certain times of the year – and how to make it fit your budget. 

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