Spring has arrived and brings with it thawing ice and snow, milder temperatures, rain, and a great deal of potential mess and mud. Taking simple steps, like the right kind of entrance matting, can keep your workplace clean, safe, and dry so that you can enjoy the real bounty of spring without getting bogged down.
The Benefits of Using Entrance Mats in Spring
Up to 80% of the dirt and grime in your workplace was tracked in from outside. As employees walk over muddy grass, through slush-filled parking lots, or even the average dirty sidewalk, their shoes pick up soil and other sanitary annoyances and track it right through your front, back, side, or service door. Entrance mats serve as a gatekeeper to your building and will absorb dirt and water from anyone walking over them so that your entrance flooring can stay clean and your workers can stay safe.
While entrance mats can't stop all forms of slip and fall accidents, they can absorb the water and slush that gets tracked in from outside. This means that during the post-winter thaw when employees have to slosh through puddles and melting mounds, they won't have to worry about soaked floors at work.
Dirt Control and Storage
A good entrance mat is designed to use traction to pull dirt and water off your shoes as you walk. A great entrance mat keeps all this debris contained and absorbed until it can be removed by cleaning. It doesn't do anyone much good if your entrance mat can pull in water and dirt only to let it seep out and damage the surrounding floor while creating a safety hazard.
There are three main traits that determine the effectiveness of entrance matting. The first is how well it pulls dirt and water off your shoe when you walk over it. The second is how well it retains dirt and water without seeping. The third is how well it keeps the dirt and water trapped so it doesn't get picked up by someone else passing through. Getting dirt off your shoe is a lot less helpful if you end up bringing in someone else's instead.
Entrance Mats Can Save You Money
The risks of poor or nonexistent entrance matting cover both the short term, like safety hazards and unclean floors, to the long term. As dirt and water gets tracked all over your floor, it can begin to compromise the surface integrity. This leads to the creation of stains or deterioration over time that will eventually reach a point where expensive resurfacing or replacement will be needed. Floor mats are a simple, basic measure that can be taken to keep these costs from being imposed.
Entrance Matting Options from Centura Tile
In addition to being a leading supplier of tile and flooring options, Centura Tile knows how to best keep your floors safe from harm. Top-quality entrance matting options are available for any business or homeowner looking to ensure that what gets picked up outdoors doesn't make it indoors. Numerous styles such as Astroturf, Chevron, Cross Over, Needle Pin, and Oxford Elite are available so customers can select the entrance matting option that perfectly matches their absorption needs and their sense of style. Contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you to learn more about ways to enhance and protect your flooring.