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Entrance Mats Buying Guide

Whether you are a school or business, it's important that you create a safe environment for your employees, students and guests. Entrance mats are an excellent way to keep floors clean and reduce falls on slippery surfaces. There are a few things to consider before you choose an entrance mat:

Face Material
The face of your entrance mat can be made of any of a number of materials including rubber, polypropylene and nylon.

A completely rubber face is commonly found on outdoor mats. While it is not as attractive as some of the other styles, it is extremely durable and is great at whisking away water from shoes. Rubber mats dry quickly and require little upkeep.

If you're looking for an attractive entrance mat that still does a nice job of cleaning shoes, you might want to give polypropylene a try. Polypropylene yarn can typically be dyed in an array of fade-resistant colors, so mats look good after years of use. Mats that feature reinforced rubber under the polypropylene yarn remove the most dirt and water.

Nylon tends to be coarser than polypropylene, so it's generally more effective at cleaning dirt and water off the soles of shoes. Most nylon mats can be used outside. Nylon mats tend to be more expensive than rubber and polypropylene mats.

Pile Height
Pile height is how high the friction-causing nubs or yarns stand from the surface of the mat. Generally, the higher the pile height, the better your entrance mat will be at removing dirt and water from the soles of shoes. Pile height is especially important on entrance mats; interior mats are usually still effective with a low pile height.

Backing Type
You will usually have a choice between cleated or smooth backs for your entrance mats.

Cleated backs are for use on carpets. They feature tiny nubs that bury into the carpeted surface and keep your mat in place.

Smooth backs are for use on any hard, flat surface like hardwood or tiled floors. The smooth rubber backing "sticks" to the hard surface and prevents your mat from shifting.

Not all mats are appropriate for all areas of your school or businesses. There are three basic types of mats – entrance mats, outdoor mats and interior mats.

Outdoor mats are usually made of solid rubber or other durable material. Outdoor mats obviously need to be weather resistant and have a scraping feature like rubber nubs.

Entrance mats should be effective at scraping dirt and water off shoes, so you'll want to look for a style with some type of nubs or friction-causing surface. You'll also want an entrance mat that dissipates water without splashing it back onto the floor. We recommend using at least 18 feet of entrance matting in high-traffic areas like those found in schools and businesses.

Interior mats have some cleaning power, but are mostly used for noise control and anti-fatigue purposes. Because they tend to be less durable than entrance mats, interior mats should be placed no closer than 22 feet to an entryway.

Our sales team is trained on the many aspects of entrance mats and is happy to help you with your order. Just give us a call at 1-800-260-2776. Entrance mats are also a cinch to order online.


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