Floor Matting | Clean Care

Floor Matting | Clean Care


Hi, I’m Vance and welcome to Clean Care. In this episode, we’ll take a closer look at floor matting. The majority of dirt is brought in by foot traffic and is quickly spread across the floors and carpet. Proper floor matting is
the most effective way to reduce the amount of soil and
moisture that enters a building. Now according to the Worldwide Cleaning Association, one pound of dirt costs more
than $500 to remove. With the right placement of mats, up to 80% of dirt can be trapped in a concentrated area where it can be easily vacuumed and removed. Now this reduces the cost of cleaning,
extends the life of the floors, and drastically improves the overall appearance. Floor matting can also improve air quality, as there is less dust and dirt
to become airborne. Additionally, with less
moisture on the floor, there will be a lower risk slips and falls. A lot of buildings use undersized mats that can’t handle the amount of daily foot traffic. Each mat can only hold a limited amount
of dirt and moisture, so an undersized mat can quickly
become soggy. Now once a mat is saturated,
it stops trapping dirt and can actually spread more
dirt onto the floor. You might notice patterns of dirt and
water leading directly away from the mat. This is a strong indication that
a heavier mat is needed. Multi stage matting is the most
effective to remove a variety of debris and should include
both scrapers and wiper. Now the first stage is a scraper: These outdoor mats are generally made
up of small rubber fingers which traps coarse gravel,
ice melt pellets and snow. The second stage, a wiper / scraper
hybrid, is placed just inside the door. These mats contain a mix of fibers
which removes sand and snow. The third stage is a wiper mat that removes
the remaining dust and moisture. These mats use long fibers with a large
surface area to trap even more moisture. Not all facilities need multi-stage matting
or have enough space. Every building is different
but it’s important to consider the volume and
frequency of traffic. Light volumes would be a doctor’s office,
a small shop or or store front that isn’t directly
connected to an outdoor entrance. With only several people entering and
exiting each hour, a single wiper mat might be adequate. Medium commercial volumes would be retail outlets, apartment buildings or any store with
people constantly entering and exiting. These buildings would benefit from high
quality mats covering a larger area. Heavy commercial volumes would be
schools, malls and major retail centers. With thousands of people entering
and exiting each day, the amount of soil and moisture can
quickly saturate lighter mats. Now, these buildings require
multi-stage matting and would benefit most from a
professionally designed matting program. Not a lot of people stop
to properly wipe their feet. This requires longer matting to properly
walk off all the dirt and moisture. Encouraging people to wipe their feet can make a difference. Even if 20% more people thoroughly
clean their feet, there will be an immediate reduction in
the amount of soil entering a building. Another overlooked factor is the
cleaning frequency. For example, in a building that is only
cleaned once a week, dirt can accumulate and can saturate the
mats before the next cleaning. In this case a heavier mat is needed,
and the mat should cleaned more frequently. Overall, the choices made for matting has a
direct effect on the cleanliness of any building. In many cases, it’s best to
consult a professional get a matting system designed
specifically for your facility. Now, if you liked this and
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Thanks for watching.

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