Door mats serve a very vital purpose in addition to being a welcoming invitation to enter a business. A door mat successfully prevents potential risks from making their way into the interior floor space by scraping dirt, trash, and excess moisture from foot traffic entering a home or office. In reality, 90% of dirt tracked into a business is tracked in on the shoes of the customers. Not only can door mats lower the amount of labour needed to clean a facility, but they also reduce the risk of slips and falls.
Finding a nice door mat takes on a whole new meaning when you consider its effectiveness, and thus a whole new set of search parameters. Instead of looking for a door mat solely for its aesthetic value, you're looking for one that will last, perform well, and help remove any safety hazards.
We provide a large assortment of door mats, so we're well-versed in what materials make a good door mat and which ones don't. We are a group of matting experts who can assist you in determining which door mats are appropriate for your home or business. We'll look at three things: why door mats are necessary, the materials that should be used to make them, and correct mat usage and the state of the underlying flooring. By ensuring that any door mat complies with the new floor mat criteria, we can ensure that our stores and workplaces are properly equipped with appropriate matting, reducing the risk of slip and fall accidents and saving time and money.
What is the Best Material for Door Mats?
A door mat can be made by any manufacturer. It's a straightforward product with a straightforward construction method. However, there are several factors to consider when designing a door mat that is both attractive and secure. Beveled edges, recessed water dams, and high-traction backings all necessitate a level of engineering expertise you might not expect to find in a door mat. As a result, here's some guidance on the materials used to make your mat:
Rubber is the industry standard for door mat backing. Rubber holds up better to all types of flooring than any other material. Your door mat backing should be constructed entirely of rubber components, whether you choose a recycled rubber backed product or a Nitrile rubber (which is more resistant to oil and grease than other forms of rubber). A door mat's backing is extremely important. The texture and cleating of a door mat influence how well it grips the surface of your floor and resists skidding, even if it should be made of rubber.
While there are many various materials that may be used to make a door mat's surface, polypropylene and nylon are two of the best and most common for business and household matting. Both of these materials are virtually unbreakable, so you can trust on them to hold up and not seem worn out for an extended period of time. The surface of your mat is important since it must effectively clean shoes without requiring a consumer to wipe and/or scrape their feet. To put it another way, the mat fibres must stick to the patron's shoes and do the cleaning and scraping for them. In addition, the mat surface should feature a moisture management system.
The WaterHog mat, which has a proprietary water dam barrier that effectively traps water beneath the mat's surface fibres, is a fantastic industry standard entrance mat. Another reason mat surface is important is because of the pattern on the mat. For example, if you have a custom logo mat, you want to be sure that the fibres are crush resistant. If not, they will not only appear worn in a short time, but they will also distort the image (your logo or business name). That's not an issue you want with door mats, especially if they're personalised with your company's name and logo.