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Effective Floor Matting

September 19, 2010
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Editor''s note:

The foul weather that often accompanies wintertime increases the need for preventative hard floor care.

An invaluable tool for keeping lobbies, hallways and vestibules clean and dry — thus decreasing the amount of work necessary to maintain floors — is an effective matting system.

A recent discussion on the Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online™ Bulletin Board addressed this topic.

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Aaron Baunee

An effective matting system, while beneficial year-round, is especially important in the wintertime.

By stopping debris and moisture at the entrance of a building, mats can save time, money and the sanity of workers who constantly clean tracked-in soils.

What sorts of matting systems are present at your facilities? Is there a specific type of mat you prefer, or is your matting system comprised of different types of mats — scraper, wiper, etc. — to maximize effectiveness?


Ken Galo

In buildings with extremely high traffic or public traffic, order extra mats and rotate them out frequently.

Keep an extractor on hand to help facilitate drying and the cleaning of the rotated mats.

Debbie Matthews

We have approximately 18,000 students come through our buildings Monday through Friday.

We rent our mats and keep an inventory of 70 3-foot by 6-foot mats.

Our night crew replaces the dirty mats at the end of the day.

MJ Healy

There are a couple of things to consider.

The industry rule is that 30 feet removes all soil; however, most buildings won''t allow for 30 feet.

Consider outside scraper mats as part of the 30 feet.

If renting, I would definitely have a cost analysis done.

Every time we do one, we save the customer at least 25 percent in their annual cost — plus you are already doing most of the cleaning of the rental mats now with your daily vacuuming.

It is a good deal for the mat company, not so good for the rental customer.

Erick Albertson

We had a mat service at one time, but the consistency of the quality of mat was never the same, so we decided to buy our own.

We have a bunch of different types, but the ones that everyone asks for are the WaterHog mats.

There are pros and cons with all mats, but these seem to work best and they have a wide selection and options.

Unfortunately, we have found that these aren''t easily cleaned with an extractor, so we pressure wash and hang them to dry.

Carl Galbreath

We recently installed WaterHog Eco Premier and Eco Elite matting from The Andersen Company in many of our schools.

We ordered no less than 15 feet per entry and it has made a huge difference in our cleanup during inclement weather.

We have reduced our time cleaning up water by 75 percent, which also reduces slips and falls.

These mats will pay for themselves this year.

Joseph Russell

The other day, I helped a woman to her feet after she slipped and fell at the entrance of the local post office.

In looking at the matting arrangement, someone had covered the matted grating with a large mat laid width-wise.

I wondered about the arrangement, and concluded they did not want to clean out the grating area, so it was covered — bad move.

Secondly, the mat was placed width-wise, so it provided the least effective coverage.

Mats should be large enough to give pedestrians at least three steps before stepping off onto the floor.

Matting is like a grand pecking order: If you don''t make the appropriate selection with the carpet salesman, in come the doctors, physical therapist, pharmacies, etc. — then, enter the lawyers.

At the end of the day you think, "I was only trying to be cost effective …"

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