Entrance mats are a beneficial investment for businesses in all industries. Mats provide safety, floor protection, soil control, bacteria regulation, and can even serve as a branding medium.
First of all, entrance mats serve to protect the floor surface on which they are placed. Hardwood, tile, and marble are common flooring materials used in a variety of different commercial buildings. These materials can chip, scratch, or crack from dropped objects or general wear and tear. The cost of replacing damaged flooring can be high, leading many homeowners and facility managers to invest in commercial carpeting to protect their spaces.
Additionally, entrance mats are effective at removing bacteria buildup. These products work to control dirt and debris around the entrances and exits of a building just like regular floor mats. The difference, however, is that these products can also be treated with antimicrobial agents that kill bacteria on contact. These types of mats are great in kitchen areas, food service stations, and other settings that need to be kept free of contaminants.
Some entrance mats can be customized to provide a fourth benefit: branding. Mats are easily personalized with company logos, slogans or insignia to further expand brand awareness among guests. These logo mats are available in a variety of bold colors to match most existing color schemes or interior décor. In addition, advances in digital printing and “sewn-in” processes make it possible to create highly detailed imaged logo mats.
Most importantly, entrance mats add a level of security to the interior and exterior areas of a building. Entryways, lobbies, and reception areas are often adorned with tile or hardwood floors. While these flooring surfaces look beautiful, they can also become dangerous when wet. Placing entrance mats along the internal and external areas surrounding entrances helps prevent accidents in at least two main ways. First, mats clean dirt and other debris from visitors’ shoes as they enter a building. Once removed, the dirt falls below the mat’s surface and is contained to prevent unsightly and potentially dangerous buildup. Second, most entrance mats are made with a rubber backing that keeps the mat in place, even on smooth surfaces. This creates a stable surface to walk on and further reduces the chance of accidental trips, slips and falls.
The benefits of a well-planned mat installation extend well beyond simply covering the floor spaces surrounding the entrance and exits of a facility. From soil control to accident prevention, commercial mats create a comfortable and safe environment.