Floors are the most used part of your business, and your indoor entrance mats need to be maintained. Doing so will help keep your business healthier by reducing indoor toxins and can help make your indoor mats last a lot longer.
That is why proper maintenance is crucial to keep your door mats clean. A clean indoor entrance mat will add value to your home or office, help keep your business free from odors, and make a pleasant place for your friends and family to congregate. Deep cleaning should be completed on a monthly schedule with water, using a variety of applications, depending on the entrance mat. For best results, mats should receive scheduled cleanings. Door mats are designed to lower your maintenance costs and be easily maintained. Simply follow these instructions to keep your mats looking great and functioning effectively. Indoor entrance mats can be cleaned the same way you maintain your carpeting. Vacuum them daily and extract or shampoo them when dirt builds up.
A successful maintenance plan begins with proper daily care. Daily cleaning requires vacuuming. In areas where a wide-are vacuum is not practical, smaller upright vacuums and backpack vacuums are useful. The advantage of smaller, portable vacuums is their ease of use. Backpack vacuums allow users to work in otherwise inaccessible areas, such as stairways and landings.
They are also useful in crowded areas, such as offices. Newer-generation backpacks and uprights are designed to have better suction and filtration capacity, and now high-efficiency particulate-arrestance (HEPA) filters are standard in many models.
The mats should be checked at least weekly for stains and dirt, depending on the amount of traffic. To remove stubborn stains, many departments use a steam-vapor cleaner. These machines inject steam into the carpet, and the cleaner then blots out the stain. These small, portable machines combine high heat and low moisture to clean and disinfect spots and soiled areas on carpet and hard surfaces.
Steam cleaning or shampooing is recommended, bases on the amount of traffic the mat receives. Once a month is typically a good plan. We recommend purchasing 2 identical mats for your indoor areas. When one mat is being cleaned, it can be replaced by the second mat. This is a great way to ensure floors are always protected and to extend the life and wearability of both mats.
Having an effective carpet maintenance program takes planning and commitment. The proper equipment and supplies, combined with regular training, will help ensure the carpets look clean and attractive, last longer, and promote a healthier indoor environment.
The first step in reducing soil and moisture being tracked into a building is to prevent as much of it as possible from entering. This begins outside, keeping walkways and parking lots clean. In winter, removing snow and ice from walkways helps prevent moisture from entering buildings. For added convenience and reduced maintenance costs, try the Portable Melt-Away Snow and Ice Melting Mat.
Many people assume purchasing one mat and placing it in their building is adequate. The assumption is that all mats are the same. This is a general and common misconception. In fact, every mat we offer is designed with certain qualities and functionality intended for a specific application. Selecting the proper matting system to incorporate three stages.
The first stage is to invest in a good-quality outdoor scraper mat. Scraper mats, like the Cobra Scraper Mat, are aggressive mats designed to remove large pieces of soil, snow, and ice from shoes. These mats should be placed at all entrances into a building.
The second stage involves placing a second mat directly inside the door, extending 4-8 feet, to capture any remaining large soil particles, dust, and moisture from shoes. It is a good idea to use a mat with a rubber water-dam design. This design, constructed with barrier ridges on the edges, keeps moisture on the mat.
The third stage is a walk-off mat with dense fibers capable of capturing any fine dust or soil residue on shoes. The mat selected should also be based on the amount of traffic that enters your building. Go for high-quality mats designed to meet these criteria. For a lasting impression, consider adding your company’s corporate message with a Company Logo Mat. These mats should be cleaned frequently to maintain an attractive appearance to visitors and because dirty mats loaded with soil are not as effective in decreasing the amount of soil tracked into buildings.
But maintaining a good image isn’t the only reason to keep floors clean and aesthetically pleasing. Cleaning indoor mats promotes a healthier indoor environment and better working conditions. Removing dust, mold, allergens, and bacteria-laden particulates is just one way a cleaner carpet contributes to a healthier facility. Regular cleaning also extends the life and wearability of carpet and allows managers to save money.