Ten Terms Everyone Should Know About Mats
Fremont, OH — Crown Mats and Matting, now celebrating its 70th year of manufacturing mats in the United States, would like to share its “Ten Terms Everyone Should Know about Mats.”
These terms refer to different types of mats used in commercial facilities and, according to Business Development Head JoAnne Boston, are often misunderstood by both cleaning professionals and facility managers.
“A good example of this is the term high-performance mat,” says Boston. “While it sounds like it refers to how well a mat performs, it actually refers to how long it lasts. A high-performance mat is designed to withstand very heavy foot traffic and last between 3 to 5 years.”
According to Boston, the other nine mat-related terms that often need clarification are:
1. Wiper: Wiper mats are placed inside the doors of a facility to absorb any remaining moisture and soil on a walker’s shoes.
2. Scraper: Scraper mats are placed outside a facility and are intended to aggressively scrape soil and debris from shoe bottoms.
3. Wiper/Scraper: Wiper/scraper mats wipe and dry shoe bottoms and are placed following a scraper mat but before a wiper mat.
4. Ergonomic: Ergonomic mats offer a combination of softness (give) and support (resilience) to help reduce worker fatigue.
5. Anti-Fatigue: Anti-fatigue mats offer even greater comfort, bounce, and support to help increase worker productivity and decrease pain, injuries, and soreness.
6. Anti-static: Anti-static mats are designed to help reduce static electricity.
7. Non-conductive: Non-conductive mats help insulate and protect workers from serious shocks that can be generated by high voltage.
8. Specialty: Something of a catch-all, this terms refers to a variety of different matting products, for instance, a mat placed under a chair to protect the floor below, a gym mat, even a meditation mat.
9. Bi-level: Bi-level mats store soil and water below shoe level for later removal. This prevents contaminants from being transferred onto floor surfaces.
“You’d be surprised how many people still think of mats as just being door mats,” adds Boston. “The entire matting industry has come a long, long way from just making door mats.”
About Crown Mats and Matting
For more than 70 years, Crown Mats and Matting has been a pioneer in the development and manufacture of matting products. Beginning with the invention of walk-off matting by the company's founder, R.P. Johnson, the company now has the most diverse matting product line offered in our industry. Crown sells matting through an extensive network of highly trained sales representatives throughout the United States and worldwide. These sales experts are familiar with the features and benefits of all matting systems and are able to help their clients find the right system for virtually any application.