Posts Tagged ‘mat runners’

Entrance Mats That Are More Durable and Eco-Friendly!

Posted on: January 22nd, 2014 by

Eco Products For Your Office!Back in the day, the out of pocket cost and the look of the mat were the only factors that played a major role in decision making process. In those days, material components mainly consisted of an olefin or polypropylene surface attached to some type of vinyl backing. Now, I’m not saying that anything is wrong with that, in fact, this type of mat is still used today.

However, the fact is, all entrance mats are NOT created equal. An entrance mat that is more of an all purpose mat may not be the best choice for your company, especially if you are selecting your entrance matting to protect your interior floors from damage by outside dirt and muck. In today’s world, construction and the functionality of design are now being given much more consideration during the purchase process then ever before.

One of the first things was to change the materials used in the production of the mats. Instead of vinyl backing, many manufacturers are choosing to use recycled rubber. Recycled rubber is a denser, more sturdy product that keeps its shape better. In addition, the face or surface of the newer mats are more and more being made of 100% PET’s (polyethylene terephthalate) a polyester type material made from post-consumer plastics.

Where the newer mat runners type of mats really shine is how they can provide a bi-layer surface. This surface will attract more dirt and hold more liquid than your run of the mill vinyl runner. Trapping more liquid will help reduce or even eliminate slip and falls. This mats advanced performance will also help protect your interior floors by being the first line of defense in keeping your floors from undue wear. In order to ensure that this occurs, you need to be sure that you are covering enough acreage for your mats to accomplish what they are designed to do.

Using recycled products does increase the price compared to the traditional fabric and vinyl mats, but the benefits are well worth it in the long run. We live in a time of environmentally conscious corporations, the newer recycled mats are the more eco-friendly choice. Also, if you are attempting to earn a LEEDS certification, it is mandatory. The newer type of mats have proven to be more durable and efficient in forming a barrier against the typical onslaught of outdoor contamination.

The proper amount of matting is variable dependent upon your location, as is the type of mat when figuring out the ideal chooses for your system.  For example, increasing  your mat size in places where high moisture and/or snow are prevalent such as the northeast, northwest and southeast is important. In addition, changing the composition and functionality of your entrance mat to lets say a sponge mat for example,  will help to absorb more liquid. Conversely, a scrapper mat is advanced in its ability to loosen and trap dirt. Typical the length would be a minimum of around 8’ to 12’ in a drier setting and a minimum of 20’ in areas where there is more snowfall or rain.

It is important to take care of your mats and maintain them properly. The cleaning of high performance mat systems requires a little more time and effort. Plan on vacuuming at least once per day in the high traffic area. It is also recommended to keep an identical back-up mat for when your regular mat needs shampooing or steam cleaning. Caring for your mats properly will cut down on the build-up of dirt and moisture. In places such as back east, with the heavy accumulation of salt, soil and sand you will want to consider getting a heavy duty pressure washer in addition to these mats.

When wanting to choose the ideal mat or mats to use in your facility, it may be worth while to contact MatsMatsMats.com, they will help you come up with the right choices that will work with your budget and environment.


Carpet Runners EVERYWHERE!

Posted on: June 17th, 2013 by

Carpets or rugs can really pull a room together. When decorating your home or office, instead of cluttering shelves and walls with knick knacks, a simple throw rug or carpet can give your area that added comfort.

I was thinking about this yesterday when I walked into an office I’ve been in a least a dozen times. It’s a very modern building with a large tiled entrance. The lobby doesn’t have much except a security desk in front of the hallways leading to the elevators. Yesterday it rained and when I walked into the building I was greeted by carpet runners EVERYWHERE! I understand you don’t want people slipping and you want to make sure there is no dirt or debris tracked into the building, but can it look nice? There were about 4 different mat runners, all the same size but all different colors and styles. Furthermore the entrance mats lacked any grippers, like our Stayput Mat, and were sliding all over the place.

This nice clean lobby now looked like the front entrance of a cheap hotel. I understand function and beauty don’t always mesh, but there are options. Having mats on the brain all the time I immediately thought of 2 different entry mats we carry that would look much nicer, stay in place and actually trap debris.


Commercial Indoor Outdoor Mats Keep You From Slip Sliding Away!

Posted on: January 31st, 2013 by

Outside Floor Mats Will Keep You From Slipping!The rains are here in good old Southern California and thus the hazards that come with it.  You see here in California, and especially in the Los Angeles area, no one knows how to drive in the rain!  Despite the fact that we have one of the highest percentages per population of drivers on the road, and a huge transit system, it wouldn’t seem that a little bit of water just frightens everyone.  I think that if anyone in Los Angeles ever saw real weather they would cower and hide.

Driving is not the only hazard in Cali with the rains, oh no! You see we just are not equipped to deal with weather, of any kind.  We don’t have real seasons here, just Fall and Summer…that’s about it.  So when it rains and things get wet, people in buildings, offices, and even retail locations don’t think about putting down entry mats.  These mat runners are very useful for giving us patrons and employees a bit a traction on our wet feet as we cross in over that nicely polished, slick floor just waiting to claim its first victim of the new season.  I found this out the hard way this very morning.

So as I walked in, coffee in hand, dreams of sugar-plums still dancing in my head, I did not even think that the floor didn’t have commercial indoor outdoor mats and that this would be a rough start to the day indeed.  So before I knew it I was staring at the ceiling, on my back, coffee still in hand (I have my priorities you see) and wondering what just happened.

Needless to say after this little snafu, when I came downstairs later for lunch; low and behold nice new office entry mats lay in front of the door.   Despite my little brush with death this morning, I am certainly glad to see that tomorrow there will not be a repeat of it.  So watch your step, drive safely and here is to a short Winter.


Door Mats To The Rescue

Posted on: October 22nd, 2010 by
Door Mats and Entry Mats - Keep The Dirt Outside

Door Mats and Entry Mats - Keep The Dirt Outside

Many of the door mats, entry mats and mat runners found today incorporate fashion, durability and functionality.  Specifically, many mats today offer improved scraping ability, color fade resistance, improved durability and ease of cleaning. Residential door mats are now designed using the latest fashion trends along with the durability and functionality of commercial matting products. 

Therefore, protecting your floors doesn’t need to be a challenge. There are many options available to you depending on your needs. If you have problems with wear and tear in heavy traffic areas; discoloration due to weather; or dirt that is tracked into your home and office, than the proper mat can be the solution to your problems. Mats can help keep your floors clean, provide protection and are easy to clean. Carpet mats trap water, keeping moisture in the mat and dirt off your floors!