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The Right Floor Mats For Your Business

Aug 17, 2007
Having the appropriate mats for your business is more important than you might think. There are many custom and specialty mats that can actually make your facility safer, cleaner, more attractive and more comfortable.

Entrance mats can make a first and lasting impression on customers. Custom mats can be enhanced with your business logo, name or greeting. Beveled edges allow a gradual, safe transition from the floor to the mat, minimizing tripping. Doormats can assure that much of the soil on shoes and boots stays outside your facility. Your floors will be cleaner, drier and safer, reducing risk and maintenance. Look for mats with slip-resistant surfaces that will clean shoes and hold the dirt for easy removal. Exterior mats can be equipped with scrubbers, scrapers or stiff brushes to remove sand, mud or grass from shoes. For safety, purchase mats that do not slip or curl around the edges.

Disposable sticky mats lift dirt and debris from shoes and wheels without transferring the adhesive. These low profile mats feature an adhesive backing that adheres to the floor for safety. Made in multiple layers, the top sheet can be peeled off to reveal a clean one below.

Specialized mats can benefit the health of your workers in a couple ways. First, mats can reduce the noise level in factories. Where noise reaches harmful levels, rubber mats can be used to absorb sound, saving workers from permanent hearing loss, headaches, and added stress. The cushioning effect of anti-fatigue mats can make work more comfortable for those who must stand for extended times. The cushioning reduces back, leg and foot stress, reducing fatigue and increasing productivity.

In electronic and computer assembly areas, anti-static mats can be used to eliminate electrical shocks. Static-dissipative rubber mats repel sparks. For working around high-voltage electronics, mats should insulate against charges up to 30,000 volts and resist flames. Mats that repel sparks and hot metal shards provide safe footing for welders.

Mats used in oily, wet and slippery work areas should drain liquids and elevate workers to dry areas. Select mats include aggressive grip particles impregnated into fibers to provide slip resistance. Elevated safety bars on top surfaces can add traction in slick areas. Drainage holes that do not trap debris and allow for liquids to flow through provide safe, comfortable footing in wet areas.

Bubble mats that feature polyethylene-nylon air bubbles combine the comfort of standing on air with oil, coolant, solvent and water absorbency. They are ideal for wet and dry conditions. With plenty of cushiony support, bubble mats can also be used to lie on while working under equipment or for kneeling.

Environmentalists can look for rubber mats made from recycled tires. There are several brands available.

Before purchasing mats for your business, consider the type of work being done and conditions of the environment. There are many choices available to suit your special needs.
About the Author
Terry Gates is a freelance writer on floor mats and rubber products.
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