A certain commercial mat may seem to be effective, but appearances can often be deceiving.. Businesses that purchase solely mats, without the expertise of a professional service, are risking the safety of their guests and employees. Since mats are used as safety measures, you want to make sure you’re choosing the right mats to protect your guests, staff, and wallet. We profile the top signs that indicate you should purchase another mat as well as the features of an effective commercial mat service.
Vinyl Backed Commercial Mats
It is common for businesses to utilize vinyl backed commercial mats within their facilities. These mats are not durable and are considered throw away products. After being used, these matting products become curled or buckled, which causes a trip hazard. In many cases, vinyl backed mats are not certified as high-traction by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI). These mats also tend to move around the flooring surface, furthermore, creating a trip hazard.
The Size of a Commercial Mat
If you’re purchasing commercial mats on your own, without help from a mat safety expert, you may purchase the wrong size for your needs. Many retail outlets only carry a limited size range of mats, which may not be appropriate for your facility. As choices are limited, this causes buyers to purchase the wrong commercial mat for their needs
Polypropylene Surfaces of Commercial Mats
Commercial doormats that have polypropylene surfaces often cause soil, sand, and dirt to stick to the mat’s surface. Moisture also becomes trapped on the surface, which can cause a slipping hazard. Visitors and employees can track dirt, dust, and grime into the facility, making a mess for floor maintenance personnel. As a result of using this type of matting, facility maintenance costs and the chance of slip and fall accidents may rise.
Effective Commercial Mat Service
When implementing a commercial matting program at your business, it is best to consult with seasoned industry professionals. A service provider should visit the facility and do an on-site floor safety analysis, determining which matting products are needed the most. The size, weight, and backing of the mat you choose, all contribute to the safety of the program. Choose mats that have deep-drawn yarns that suck soil and moisture down into the core of the mat surface. This will help to keep your facility cleaner and reduce maintenance costs and the likelihood that a slip or fall accident will occur.
Our safety expert, Fred Anderson, can help you choose the right mats for your needs. Fred is our Vice President of Operations is an ANSI Certified Walkway Certificate Holder, as well as an OSHA Outreach Trainer in Occupational Safety and Health Standards. Contact us today for a free-safety analysis of your facility.