We hear this kind of statement often when helping clients with their entrance mats. Many of them prioritise the look and price of a floor mat over its most important characteristic.
The number one feature of a quality floor mat is its ability to attract and hold dirt. If a mat gets dirty doing its job, that’s great. But dirty looking mats don’t look good and don’t speak highly of those who are working hard to keep the facility looking clean and spotless.
So, what’s the real problem here? Nobody wants to have dirty entrance mat greeting their important clients, guests, or visitors. How do we fix it? Here’s how:
1. Increase how often your mats are cleaned
Not cleaning your mats regularly leads to accumulation of dirt and grime. Ergo, dirty looking mats. You can employ a hiring agency to replace your mats more often, but it is very expensive. The easy option is to have your current cleaning team vacuum the mats more often. The frequency could depend on the number of visitors as well. Some days, the mat may not have to be cleaned at all, while on other days, it would have to be cleaned twice.
2. Vacuum with a brushing head
Floor mats hold dirt and debris. Using an upright vacuum cleaner or a vacuum cleaner with a floor attachment that has a beater brush will give you better results. When a brushing floor attachment is used, the mat can be deep cleaned less often.
3. Mat is due for a deep clean
When a mat becomes loaded with dirt and grime, it’s time for a deep clean. We have simple process for you: Generously spray diluted detergent onto the face of the mat, agitate with a broom or soft brush and wait 5-10 minutes before rinsing with a hose or pressure washer. If you use a pressure washer, ensure it does not damage the mat. Deep cleaning of floor mats in a busy facility is usually done every 3, 6 or 12 months depending on number of visitors and weather conditions.
4. Get a bigger mat. Your floor mat may be too small for the area
Small mats get dirty faster. Choosing the right size mat for your entrance is important. A 3.6m door mat prevents approximately 60% of the dirt being carried into a facility. A 5-6 metre entrance mat will collect 85%-90% of the regular dirt and moisture that enters building. The larger the mat, the more effective it is, and the easier it will be to maintain the mat.
5. Go for a darker colour mat. Lighter mat colours tend to display dirt faster
Darker coloured floor mats don’t display dirt as much as lighter colour mats. Our go to colour is always charcoal which is almost black. And because it looks very professional, it works with any decor or floor type.
Regular maintenance of the entrance mat ensures your floor mats look good all of the time, and give you the best return on investment possible.