Matting is the first and the most important step to a cleaner, healthier, and safer work facility. A classic case of prevention is better than cure: prevention against high cleaning costs, slip and fall accidents, surface damage, and unhygienic work conditions.
Why you need floor matting
The XO2 team visits client facilities, spread all over Australia, each year. You may be surprised to know that the first thing on our radar during a facility visit is entrance matting. So why do cleaning system experts worry so much about floor matting?
1. Stops the dirt at the door
Cleaning dirt from an office premise is expensive and time consuming. The best way to stop the dirt at the door is with entrance matting. This delivers a dual benefit of reducing cleaning costs and improving hygiene standards.
2. Protects the floor surface
The presence of dirt, sand, and grit act as abrasive agents on a floor surface. Floor matting protects the surface from damage.
Consider this fact: An effective floor matting program prevents 90% of outdoor dirt from entering your office. Our cleaning experts estimate that for every kilo of dirt prevented from entering your work space, you can save up to $1500 in cleaning costs.
That's why we call floor matting the first line of defence!
Real benefits of floor matting
The benefits include:
• Stop dirt, dust, debris, grime and moisture from entering or being transferred around a facility. The best floor mats act like magnets: they attract and hold soil and moisture.
• Reduce wear of floor surfaces and floor sealers.
• Reduce the risk of slip, trip, and fall accidents.
The benefits for you
• Reduce your costs and labour requirements which means increased profits.
• Improve appearance and hygiene standards.
• Improve safety for staff, clients, guests, patients, visitors and students.
What makes an ideal floor mat?
For busy facilities, the ideal entrance floor mat size is 3.6 to 5 metres long. This size mat allows each foot to make contact 3-5 times. 3.6 metres of matting stops approximately 60% of soil and 5-6 metres of floor matting stops approximately 85% of soil. A large mat may not always be practical for all entrances, but a smaller mat will be less effective. When it comes to entrance matting... the bigger the better.
Once you understand and quantify the importance of your entrance matting, the next step in getting the most out of your floor matting program is to find out what matting is right for your application, where to position them, how big they should be and then how to clean and maintain them.
Floor matting may not be the most entertaining topic; however, when you get it right, the results are amazing and the return on investment is extraordinary!