Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online

Select the proper entry mat

May 14, 2012

FREMONT, OH — Entry mat selection and placement are far more important than many cleaning professionals and facility managers realize, according to a press release.

Installing the right mat in the right place can help keep a building cleaner and healthier and reduce the overall cleaning and maintenance needs of an entire facility, the release stated.

One of the most common mistakes facility managers make when selecting entry mats is choosing mats that are too small to effectively trap soil and moisture, the release noted.

"The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) recommends 12 to 15 feet of matting at building entries, while a grocery store or hospital may need 20 to 25 feet of matting to keep soils out and promote safety," said JoAnne Boston, business development manager for Crown Mats and Matting.

According to the release, along with selecting the proper size of matting, Boston suggests the following:

• Evaluate the level of foot traffic entering your facility
• Select mats that are facility-specific
• Consider climate conditions
• Be aware that entry matting works best when used as a system.

Click here to read the complete release.