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Don't forget the bottoms

April 26, 2012
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FREMONT, OH — Entry mats, which should be installed at all commercial facilities, are typically vacuumed on a regular basis; the cleaner a mat is, the more effective it will be at preventing dust, grit and soils from entering your facility, according to a press release.

However, cleaning professionals often overlook the need to clean the bottom or backing of matting, which are typically made of a vinyl or rubber material, the release stated.

"Soils and moisture can accumulate under the mat," said JoAnne Boston, business development head at Crown Mats and Matting.

"This can harm the floor below the mat; what''s more, if the backing is damp, mold and mildew can develop, which can harm the mat as well as indoor air quality," Boston added.

According to the release, there are certain steps cleaning professionals can take to clean the bottoms of mats including:

• Vacuum the top of the mat first to remove dust and loose soiling
• Take the mat to a clean, designated area, preferably outside the facility, and lay it out flat face down
• Vacuum or sweep the backing
• Using a damp mop or cleaning wipe and a mild cleaning solution, mop/clean the back of the mat.

For more steps, click here.

Click here to read the complete release.

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