A Q&A on the Benefits of Mats
FREMONT, OH — High-performing matting systems provide many benefits that help facilities stay safer, cleaner, and healthier. But many facility managers and cleaning professionals are unaware of these.
The following Q & A with Dennis Knapp, Director of Sales for Crown Mats and Matting, is designed to present some of many benefits of mats:
Question: How do mats help keep facilities clean?
Answer: We know that an effective matting system can prevent as much as 80 percent of outdoor soils from being walked into a facility. In fact, they play such a vital role in keeping soils and moisture outside that they are required to be installed for buildings seeking LEED certification.*
Question: Will any mat accomplish this?
Answer: No. An effective matting system requires approximatly15 feet of matting made up of three components:
1. A scraper mat, located outside a facility
2. A wiper/scraper mat, placed directly inside a facility
3. A wiper mat, installed in a building’s lobby
Question: What does the term “high-performance mat" refer to?
Answer: A high-performance mat is typically purchased, not rented, and is warrantied to last for one or several years. A rental mat, in comparison, may be guaranteed to last only a few months.
Question: How do you maintain mats?
Mats should be vacuumed regularly, preferably with an upright vacuum cleaner, and in different directions. The roller brush on an upright agitates the mat’s fibers, helping to release soils stored in the mat so that they can be removed.
Mats also need to be cleaned occasionally. The most effective way to clean them is with a carpet extractor, which removes deeply embedded soils and contaminants and keeps the matting performing in a top-notch manner.
“How to purchase a high-performance mat is another question that often comes up,” says Knapp. “A distributor knowledgeable about building safety and Green cleaning will know the value of matting and can typically help you select the matting that best meets your facility’s needs."
*Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
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.