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Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Aug 14, 2019 3:34:03 PM

These Boots Are Made for Walking...on Floor Mats

By: WAXIE Editorial Staff  |  August 14, 2019

Every facility, no matter the weather, should have a matting program. When planning a mat program, high traffic areas should be pinpointed and consideration should be given to environmental exposure. Strategic placement of mats is essential for maximum effectiveness.

Entrance matting can improve air quality, protect floors and carpets, prevent slips and falls, and save you money and time. Each mat is designed to stop dirt and moisture by performing a specific job to keep your facility clean.

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Topics: hard floor care, flooring, floor matting

Posted by Chris Meyer on Jun 5, 2019 11:07:00 AM

The Case for Better Indoor Air Quality, Plus 3 Ways to Make it Happen

By: Chris Meyer  |  June 5, 2019

Given that US employers lose over $260 billion each year from health-related employee absences and decreased productivity, organizations are increasingly aware of the importance of their employees’ health and its impact on the bottom line.

Add to that the fact that our environment—indoors and out—is top of mind for many business leaders, and it becomes clear that the cleaning industry has a significant business opportunity.

A case in point? Indoor air quality.

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Topics: indoor air quality, workplace wellness, floor matting

Posted by Briana Smith on Jan 24, 2017 2:25:00 PM

Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents with a Three-Part Entrance Matting System

By: Briana Smith  |  January 24, 2017

Building entryways are major thoroughfares for people as well as all of the dirt, sand, dust and debris that gets tracked into buildings on the soles of shoes, especially when the weather gets nasty. As these particles begin to accumulate on a floor, there is an increased chance that someone may slip and fall.

Unfortunately, injuries incurred from slip and fall accidents can cost a company huge sums of money. The average cost per claim is $20,228 for a slip & fall workers’ compensation claim and $100,000 median per premises liability suit.

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Topics: workplace wellness, workplace safety, floor matting

Posted by Blake Vanderwiel on Mar 26, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Winter Matting Tips and Suggestions from Crown Matting Technologies

Guest Post By: Adam Strizzi, Marketing Director with Crown Matting Technologies



So, for those managers/building owners who are just now starting to think about mats, Adam Strizzi, Marketing Director with Crown Matting Technologies, offers the following suggestions for selecting and installing an effective winter matting system:

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Topics: hard floor care, floor matting

Posted by Briana Smith on May 22, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Floor Matting Systems - Protecting Your Investment at the Front Door

By: Briana Smith |  May 22, 2014

Entrance matting should be the first thing that you come across when you enter a building. Why you may ask? 80% of the dirt & debris that enters a facility comes from walking in the door on the bottom of our shoes. Your entrance matting system is the first line of defense in protecting your floors and improving indoor air quality. An effective entrance matting system can potentially stop as much as 95% of dirt, sand & moisture at the door.

Here’s what you can do to protect your investment in your floors, your matting system & the cleanliness of your facility…

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Topics: indoor air quality, floor matting, preventative maintenance

Posted by Briana Smith on Feb 28, 2013 12:30:00 PM

The 10 Commandments of Carpet Care During Winter Months



Having a maintenance program in place for taking care of your carpets is important in all weather conditions, not just winter, but some seasons need more attention than others. During the winter months we see a lot more rain, snow, dirt and debris entering our buildings and carpets can take a beating. Having an effective plan for daily/interim/deep cleaning is half the battle, but proper staff training is just as important for keeping your carpets in good shape.

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Topics: carpet, floor matting, machines & equipment, cleaning tips

Posted by Briana Smith on Feb 7, 2013 12:29:00 PM

Ask Sadie: The Benefits of Matting Programs

A Cleaning Q&A Column  |  February 7, 2013

Q: Hey Sadie- How do I know what kind of mat(s) I need for my facility? - Steven

A: Hello Steven, Having a matting program is the best way of adding mats to a facility. Not only are mats a great way to protect your floors, especially in inclement weather, but they can add traction for feet near pools (in gyms, schools, etc.), help prevent worker fatigue where people stand all day (such as in commercial kitchens, manufacturing facilities, etc.), and many other various applications.

Often it’s best to have different types of mats that are specific to the needs of the various areas in your building or facility. For instance, one would not use an anti-fatigue mat for an entryway, as you'd want it in an area that someone would be standing all day, as opposed to people wiping their feet of debris when entering a building. And that's why having a matting program is the optimal solution.

Understanding matting terms is important to figuring out what you need...wiper mats vs. scraper mats vs. wiper/scraper mats. CleanLink.com has published an article defining various mat-related terms that often need clarifying (read below for "Ten Terms Everyone Should Know About Mats").

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Topics: indoor air quality, Ask Sadie, floor matting

Posted by Trent Fitzgerald on Mar 21, 2012 10:31:00 AM

Matting's Role in Proper Floor Maintenance

Controlling dirt and debris will help maintain the look of floors

By Corinne Zudonyi, Editor, Trade Press Media - Housekeeping Solutions magazine and CleanLink.com

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Topics: cleaning equipment, carpet, hard floor care, floor matting

Posted by Trent Fitzgerald on Aug 3, 2011 2:46:00 PM

When Is Floor Matting Essential?

Every facility, no matter the weather, should have a matting program. When planning a mat program, high-traffic areas should be pinpointed and consideration should be given to environmental exposure. Strategic placement of mats is essential for maximum effectiveness.
 
Entrance matting can improve air quality, protect floors and carpets, prevent slips and falls, and save you money and time. Each mat is designed to stop dirt and moisture by performing a specific job to keep your facility clean. A scraper mat that has aggressive scraping action should be placed outside the entrance to remove heavy soil. A wiper/scraper mat combining scraper bristles with softer, more absorbent wiping fibers should be placed inside the entrance to begin to dry the shoe. Lastly, a wiper mat to absorb moisture from shoes and reduce slips and falls should be placed further into the entrance. These three different mats should total 30 linear feet of matting in order to remove nearly 100% of incoming dirt and moisture.
 
Nearly 70-80% of the dirt, grime and dust in your facility comes in through entrance doors damaging your floors and carpets. One square yard of carpet can accumulate one pound of dirt in a week, and twice that in inclement weather. It is estimated that the cost to remove a single pound of dirt from a facility is in excess of $750. Approximately 42% of a floor’s finish can be removed within the first six feet of an entrance after only 1,500 people have entered.

You can capture, hold and hide incoming dirt with an effective entrance matting program. Your floors and carpets will look better and be protected from damage due to tracked-in soil and other debris. Maintenance time, labor costs, and slips and falls can be reduced and your facility will be cleaner with an enhanced appearance.

It is reported that 83% of industrial workers suffer from foot, leg and back pain at one time or another. Anti-fatigue matting has been proven to actually change the chemistry of the lower body, reducing lactic acid buildup by keeping muscles active. This translates into less strain and pain, better employee morale and attendance, and lower workers’ compensation claims.
 
Slips and falls are the #1 cause of injury in almost every setting. Slip-resistant surfaces, bright colors, beveled edges and static dissipation improve safety, saving you money and trouble.


Mat Placement Guide


WAXIE stocks a large variety of different styles and colors of mats including WAXIE-Green Eco-Mats. A WAXIE Sanitary Maintenance Consultant can help you put together a matting system. Contact us today (800) 995-4466.

 
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Topics: carpet, indoor air quality, workplace safety, floor matting