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So much more than a mat

30 June, 2014

Traditionally the doormat has suffered from a poor image following a large smear campaign that left it dirty, wet and pitiful; literally walked all over.  Poor choice of materials, inadequate size, and improper placement rendered the doormat completely useless and more oft than not a slipping hazard as well.

But all is not lost.  The doormat has undergone a complete transformation, emerging as a stylish and multi-functional entrance matting system.  Entrance matting products have been completely redesigned and use new materials to maximize their functionality.  Enter the new improved entrance mat that prevents slips, traps up to 70% of dirt and now improves the aesthetics of entrance. 

With all the new materials and functionalities of entrance matting, it has become difficult to choose the right mat.  Here are some things to take into consideration when selecting an entrance mat:

1.    Environment and Cleaning Function

Outdoor matting functions primarily to prevent slips and scrape large debris from shoes.  So look for a mat with drainage holes or a raised surface that allow water to flow away freely.  Public entrances need to be wheelchair accessible so select a mat with small holes that are wheel and cart friendly.

Indoor matting functions primarily to absorb moisture and scrape fine debris from shoes.  So look for a mat with a high density of yarns that has a high water absorption capacity.  Matting with added monofilament fibres are stronger and have superior scrape functions.

2.    Loose Lay or Installed

Installation matting comes in many types of DIY entrance matting systems that can easily be installed on site in full rolls, by linear meter or even custom sizes.  Installation matting is often available on rolls, per linear meter of click together systems that fit perfectly in recessed frames.  Loose lay matting is ideal for established entrances, halls or walkways with frequent foot traffic or slip hazards.  Mats can be easily rolled out with no installation necessary.  Loose lay matting is even available in large sizes and runners for any entrance, even for stairs.

3.    Safety

Bevelled edges are recommended for mats more than ¼ inch high or they should fit snugly into a recess frame to prevent tripping. Installed matting often must adhere to strict safety guidelines.  Dense high-traction backing prevents the mat from migrating and buckling.  Some mats also have gripper backings that keep the mats raised from the floor to promote aeration and keeping the underside dry to avoid hydroplaning.

4.    Colour Range

Darker colours tend to hide dirt while uni-colour mats tend to dirty easily.  Dual or tri-colour patterns are designed to hide dirt to maintain the look of the entrance in between cleanings. Logo mats can even be custom-printed with a company logo or design. 

So whether you are looking to contribute to a sustainable cleaning program, increase safety by preventing slips and falls or just looking to improve the appearance of your entrance, say goodbye to your doormat and hello to a functional, stylish and safe entrance mat.