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Entrance Mats Keep It Clean

Modular Matting Protects An Owner's Investment and Reduces Accidents

April 2012
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Continuing Education

Use the following learning objectives to focus your study while reading this month’s Continuing Education article.

Learning Objectives - After reading this article, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the function of entrance matting in a building.
  2. Discuss the types of entrance mats.
  3. Specify the proper entrance mat for a project.
  4. Explain the sustainability aspects of the product.

Credits: 1.00 HSW

This test is no longer available for credit

First impressions matter. Upon entering a building, customers are judging their experience. Many factors are at play, but a clean, dry, safe floor creates a good first impression. There is a growing appreciation that in addition to providing a visual announcement for entries, proper entrance matting is important not only to the health and well-being of employees and patrons, but also to a company’s bottom line. Entrance mats are key in minimizing dangerous and potentially expensive slip and fall hazards. In addition, by stopping the transference of dirt and moisture deeper into the building, the right matting can protect an owner’s investment—floors inside the building remain in better condition, the life of tile and carpeted areas throughout the building is extended, and the need for costly floor care maintenance reduced. This presentation will detail the function of entrance mats and the various types of matting systems, focusing on the characteristics and performance of modular matting.

Why Entrance Mats?

According to experts in the professional cleaning industry and in studies by ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, as much as 80 percent of all the soil, dust, contaminants, and moisture entering a facility are tracked in on the shoes of building staff and visitors. Sustained tracking of dry soils into the building is a prime factor in the wearing of floors. Not only common dirt but, in the western states, sand can pose a formidable cleaning problem and severely damage high-quality marble and terrazzo floors.


Originally published in April 2012
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