The 5 benefits of Entrance matting
Big and small, safe and hazardous, dirty and well maintained. You’ve likely seen all these types of entrance matting in commercial facilities.
Proof that Matting is an accepted norm.
But what is mattings real benefit beyond the obvious of grabbing dirt off shoes? Does it really help? And is it really worth it?
Let’s take a look at 5 fundamental benefits of entrance matting.
1. Entrance matting will help make your building cleaner.
When a building is first constructed and the fitout is completed a building is in pristine, clean condition.
Then the dirt comes.
Almost all of it from outside the building.
On the soles of peoples shoes.
As few as 1,000 people can track in 11kg of dirt to a building in a 20 day period. Multiply this over months and years and you can be dealing with tonnes of soil.
This soiling ultimately ends up on various internal surfaces of a building which ultimately will require cleaning. This layer of dirt is incrementally built up and can go unnoticed for months or years.
2. Entrance mats will help improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Once dirt comes into a building, some of it will likely end up in the air as particulate matter (PM).
Larger particles may break down to smaller particles over time. Finally these particles are small enough to be air-borne, settling on surfaces or being passed through the building by HVAC systems.
Capturing all possible dirt at the entrance is important, as some airborne particles are unseen to the naked eye and can enter the human respiratory system. This is especially of concern with particles in the PM2.5 and PM10 size which can cause respiratory issues.
When dirt is captured at a building entrance before it gets further into the building, the less dirt is likely to contribute to poor IAQ.
3. Entrance mats can lower cleaning costs
The more dirt in a building, the higher the cleaning costs will be.
Dirt that is tracked onto a polished floor, such as a granite or terrazzo entrance lobby, will gradually dull the appearance of the floor. This means that the floor must be restored either through stripping and sealing, or grinding and restoration.
Neither of which are cheap.
Carpet does not escape either. More dirt tracked in means dirtier carpets and more frequent carpet cleaning. This can be extended with better vacuum technology such as upright or “beater brush” vacuum heads, however these normally come at a price premium.
It’s not just the floors that cop it. The dust created by tracked-in soil settles on other surfaces and fixtures in the building. Have a look at an airconditioning vent that hasn’t been cleaned in a while.
Whilst this soiling may be so imperceptible as to be unnoticeable, over time this will buildup to a point where a “deep clean” will be required.
All at extra cost!
4. Entrance mats reduce slip & fall risk
A good quality moisture absorbent mat in place at building entrances is an essential part of a robust safety management plan to reduce OHS risk.
Especially in wet weather.
Almost every hard floor will be more slippery when wet. Entrances to many commercial buildings often have beautiful high gloss flooring surfaces. But that high gloss appearance can be an enemy; They often have poor slip ratings when wet.
A good quality entrance mat will be highly absorbent, absorbing volumes of water and dispersing it through the fibres of the mat away from the shoe contact surface.
This moisture absorbency ensures the floor retains an acceptable slip resistance.
It is important to ensure all physical attributes of a mat are considered. A thick mat with a high edge profile could actually increase trip hazard. Other rubber backed mats are susceptible to having “rippling edges” over time, also increasing trip risk.
Do your research. Check the height profile and ensure any mat you install has a good blend of moisture absorbency without adding trip risk hazard.
5. Entrance mats give a professional, responsible image
First impressions matter.
A commercial facility with an appropriately sized, good quality entrance mat presents well to visitors.
Without matting, entrances quickly get dirty and give a poor impression. A well-placed mat captures and hides dirt until cleaned, maintaining a good look between cleaning routines.
A mat cleanable with normal commercial floor cleaning machines will be particularly beneficial as dirt is regularly removed from the mat.
When choosing an entrance mat, pay attention to ensure the appropriate size mat is selected. A mat too small looks out of place.
The right size mat looks like it is meant to be, and that a responsible level of investment is being made in Building care & maintenance.