While keeping floors properly maintained is a year-round job, it’s no secret the fall and winter bring unique maintenance challenges. Now’s the time to ask, “how can I prepare to stop winter in its tracks?” The answer is a properly designed matting system.
Did you know more than 80 per cent of the dirt found in a building is tracked in by pedestrians through entrances and doorways? According to a recent study, it costs approximately $500 to remove just one pound of dirt from a commercial facility! Matting functions as a “sponge” that absorbs dirt and debris before it enters your facility, reducing cleaning costs, minimizing slip and fall risks and extending the life of facility floors.
An efficient, moisture absorbent matting system can also improve indoor air quality by reducing the number of dirt and dust particles spread throughout the building.
Four Tips for Choosing and Maintaining Matting
1. Three Types are Better Than One
The optimal entrance matting system is composed of three styles of mats, that when used together, capture the different types of debris entering facilities. Scraper mats remove and trap coarse debris, such as gravel and ice melt pellets, and should be used outside the entryway. Inside the doorway, wiper/scraper mats are ideal for capturing sand and snow. Inside the building, wiper mats remove fine dust and any remaining moisture.
2. Length Matters
The effectiveness of a mat directly correlates to the number of steps people take on it. Because few people stop to actively wipe their feet, mats need to be long enough for people to walk-off dirt and moisture, and be sufficiently robust to hold the volume of debris generated by foot traffic between cleanings. A low-traffic entrance needs at least 12 to 15 feet of proper matting. Higher traffic entrances attract more soil and require longer walk-off mats. Looking for help choosing the right length of matting for your facility? Contact our cleaning and hygiene experts today!
3. Cleaning Entrance Matting
Once a mat is saturated, it’s no longer able to trap debris effectively. Regular care is essential to increase the effectiveness of your matting program. The frequency of maintenance depends on the amount of dirt, the volume of traffic entering the building and the source of the traffic. For example, if traffic comes from a street entrance, there will be higher levels of dirt and moisture than if it comes from a parking garage. For more information on cleaning floor matting, check out our Winter Matting Maintenance article.
4. Be Proactive
The best time to invest in matting is before the seasons change. With winter on its way, now’s the time to evaluate facility matting systems to help avoid the rush. Talk to our Cleaning & Hygiene experts today about a site survey or professional product recommendations for your facility.