Mats supplied by Mat World are all made using first-class materials. among the many features of these mats is their slip-resistance. However, great care needs to
be taken both in the placement of these mats and the care of the mats and the floor itself to ensure that the mats are used in circumstances which will not allow the mats or the users of the mats to slip.
While these mats are, in themselves, not conducive to slipping, floors that are naturally slippery or floors that become slippery due to maintenance methods employed or floors that are slippery due to substances deposited on them can cause potential danger from slipping. It is essential that floors and the mat itself be kept scrupulously free from all extraneous matter. this includes cleaning solutions themselves.
Carpet Faced Entrance Mats
Except for those edges over which it is not possible to walk such as an edge hard up against a wall or where a mat is to be placed in a recess, all mats should be edged with specially moulded edging. Such edging should be maintained in good condition and repaired or replaced if damaged. Be careful when polishing floors around a mat that the pad or brush does not contact the edge. It is better in such a case, to remove the mat during polishing.
The floor beneath the mat must be clean and free from grit, sand or dirt. If placed on a shiny, slippery floor the mat may need to be secured. On some carpet surfaces the mat may move and should therefore be secured. Various devices are available for this purpose.
Vacuum or sweep the carpet face daily. The mat should be dry and all dirt, grit or sand must be removed. Oily dirt can be removed by washing with a neutral, water-based detergent with warm water. Preferably spray onto the carpet face, agitate with a broom or soft brush. rinse with clean water ensuring all detergent and emulsified dirt is removed. This may require more than one rinse. Do not use solvent cleaners, highly alkaline cleaners, hot water, or rotary scrubbers.
Hot water extraction or carpet bonnets may be used as they would on carpets. Follow manufacturer’s instructions. Allow to dry before putting the mat back into service. Avoid banging the mat edging or standing the mat on end while storing or drying. Lay flat to dry. The dry mat may be rolled but not folded.
Rubber and Plastic/Vinyl Mats
Mats should always be placed on a spotlessly clean floor, free of dirt, sand, grit, oil, fat or detergent or floor cleaner residue.
Solid surface mats, used in dry areas, should be cleaned regularly with a neutral or slightly alkaline (up to pH9) detergent containing No solvents. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of detergent. Allow to dry.
Drainage surfaces with moulded-in holes should also be cleaned as above. They should also be thoroughly cleaned beneath the mat in a similar manner. Allow to dry before placing back in service, keeping the mat flat.
It is essential to clean the floor beneath the mat as well as the mat. In the presence of any oils or fats or greases (e.g. kitchens or machine shops) the floor must be scrupulously cleaned with a suitable floor cleaning detergent. However, as such a detergent may be strongly alkaline and may contain solvents, avoid using such a detergent on the mat itself.
Once the floor is thoroughly cleaned, rinse several times with clean water to ensure all detergent residue is completely removed. If this is not done, any liquid passing through the drainage holes may reactivate the detergent and result in a moving or slipping mat.
If unsure of mat maintenance methods – please contact us.