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Cleaning & care tips for your mats

27 June, 2014

Why is regular cleaning important for your matting?

In the case of carpet mats, it is important to prolong the life of because of the reduced abrasion effect on the fibres. Secondly, it maintains the mats effectiveness over long periods of time thereby preventing accumulated dirt and moisture from being tracked into a facility. Finally, it is to improve the overall appearance of entrances where visitors get their first impression of your business.

If you have an ergonomic anti-fatigue mat in your work area, the reasons for cleaning are very similar to the ones of the carpet mats. The cleaning of the anti-fatigue & safety mats prolongs the life of industrial mats by preventing dirt build-up over long periods of time. One of the most important factors of keeping the mats clean is to maintain the mat’s specialized properties such as anti-slip or static dissipative properties. Lastly, as with the carpet mats, cleaning improves the improve the overall appearance of the mats.

But what is the best way to clean your carpet and anti-fatigue mat?

 

How to clean: carpet mats

Wet shampooing

When daily care (vacuuming, etc.) fails to restore colour of carpet surface due to excessive embedded soil, shampooing is recommended.  Use any neutral synthetic detergent with tepid water (125 ml per 4 litres of water). Hand brush method will yield good results. Use sponge or cloth to remove suds. Rinse with cool water until soil is removed. Remove excess water with floor squeegee and place in an inclined position to drain dry.  If on-site maintenance is not available, mat may be sent to reputable rug cleaner to be professionally shampooed. Use only flat washing equipment and temperature not exceeding 40° C. Manufacturer is not responsible for damage resulting from cleaning in rotary laundering equipment.

Spot removal stains

When a spill occurs, absorb as much liquid as possible with any clean absorbent material. On oil or grease based stains, use dry cleaning fluid in small amounts and blot until stain is removed.

Vacuum or broom daily

This is important especially in heavy traffic areas. Best results are obtained when carpet surface is dry.

Shedding or fuzzing

A shedding or fuzzing condition is not a carpet defect, but rather common to all new fabrics. This will disappear after vacuuming.

Storage & handling

Roll carpet in compact roll with pile facing out. Lay flat. Do not crush. Store in a moderate temperature and dry area.

 

How to clean: Ergonomic anti-fatigue mats

Moulded rubber mats

Use a high-pressure hose (124 bar max.) with hot water (no greater than 70˚C max.), especially efficient to remove oils from the mat. The use of a mild soap, mild detergent OR non-butyl degreaser is suggested for a better result. Do not clean gritted mats with high pressure.

Moulded PVC mats

Use a high-pressure hose (124 bar max.) with hot water (no greater than 70˚C max.), especially efficient to remove oils from the mat. The use of a mild soap, mild detergent OR non-butyl degreaser is suggested for a better result. Do not clean gritted mats with high pressure.

Vinyl sponge matting

Sweep regularly or dry mop the surface and the back of the mat. The surface can be damp-mopped with a mild soap/detergent.

Runners

Sweep with a broom or vacuum the surface. The usage of wet mop with mild soap or detergent is possible.

ESD Mats

To sweep or dry mop the surface on a regular basis is important to maintain the static dissipative properties of the mat. A static control cleaning solution is advised but also a wet mop with mild soap that will not leave any residue can be used.