It requires 3.6m of door mat to prevent 60% of outdoor dirt from entering a facility. A 5 -6 metre mat will collect 85%-90%. So size matters.
If you want to maximise your return on investment, going for larger, high quality mats makes more sense. But what else really matters? What makes an entrance floor mat deliver results and saving for your facility maintenance department? What should you look for when choosing entrance floor mats for your facility?
1. Go for a mat that will last
You will get what you pay for. Look for a well-made mat with quality materials from a reputable supplier.
2. Textured surface
The mat surface should be textured and patterned in a way that scrapes dirt effectively from the visitor’s feet.
3. Edged on all 4 sides
Get an entrance mat that is edged on all 4 sides (unless it’s in a matting well) that is safe and will not lift on the edges or cause tripping.
4. Easy to clean
Choose an entrance floor mat that’s easy to clean and maintain.
5. No movement
You’ll want a mat that lays flat on the floor and doesn’t move or slip around when people step on it.
6. Holds moisture
A great entrance mat will attract and trap moisture effectively. Select floor matting that will do the job in wet conditions, especially rainy days. When it pours, you want a good mat at the entrance to remove all the water and dirt from people’s feet.
7. Dries fast
Excellent entrance floor mats are designed to dry quickly.
8. Get a big one
Ensure your mat is big enough. Bigger mats are better, provided they fit in the area. Custom ‘made to measure’ entrance floor mats are surprisingly easy to select and great value for money so don’t be afraid to order the exact size you want.
9. Make sure it looks good
Choose the right colour and design for your facility. It is the first thing visitors see when they enter, so it needs to make a good impression. You can even have your logo or design printed onto it if you like.
10. Position the mat where it will work best
Although most entrance mats can handle outdoor exposure, their effectiveness increases when placed inside the entrance. This allows the mat to remove excess moisture from people’s feet. Sometimes having an entrance mat inside and outside the door is an option that works well.
Get the right mat
Every facility is different. Your requirements are probably unique. You might need custom size mats, well mats, logo mats, extra heavy duty mats for high traffic, or a combination of the different types. When you get it wrong it’s costly; when you get it right the benefits are endless. Floor matting is such a simple idea that can make such a big difference.