January 29, 2015
Keep Your Entrance Mats in Tiptop Shape
April showers are right around the corner and high-performance matting is more than likely going to be a major component to keep your facility’s floors clean, dry and slip free. Matting can go a long way with trapping moisture and dirt, which leads to a reduction in cleaning.
Crown Mats and Matting, a manufacturer of quality mats recognized from coast-to-coast, released 10 tips to help care for your mats and extend their life span:
- Upon receipt of a new mat or a recently cleaned mat, unroll the mat and lay it out flat.
- Don’t be concerned about fuzz. It’s normal for new mats to shed or “fuzz.” This typically disappears after a few vacuumings.
- An oily film may be present on some new rubber mats. This is not a defect and can usually be washed away with a mild detergent.
- Vacuum mats daily.
- Periodically inspect mats for possible tears or damaged borders.
- Quickly clean mats by hand washing or using a carpet spotter with a water-based detergent.
- Deep clean fabric mats with a carpet extractor and a water-based detergent. Do not use a solvent-based cleaner. Frequency depends on the amount of foot traffic.
- Do not use rotary scrubbers to clean mats.
- After washing or extraction, remove excess moisture by hanging the mat, if possible, and allowing it to air dry before it is reinstalled.
- Develop a regular, written mat maintenance program. Formalizing maintenance and setting a regular schedule helps ensure that mats are cared for on an ongoing basis and improves their effectiveness and longevity considerably.