Floor Mats

Commercial Floor Mat Buying Guide

From carpeted floor mats to anti-fatigue commercial kitchen mats, these floor mats do more than just lay around.

As simple as they are, floor mats have a very important function in any business. They help trap dirt, add a slip-resistant surface, and can offer anti-fatigue options for employees. They also help add an extra level of safety for employees and customers. Here’s a quick guide on what style of matting you should invest in for your restaurant.

Red Floor Mats

The red, grease-resistant, anti-fatigue floor mats are perfect for back of house and kitchen areas where grease may land on the floor. They help drain away spills and are slip-resistant as well, which helps to keep employees protected from slips and falls.

Black Floor Mats with Holes

The similar black floor mats are great for other areas of the restaurant that need anti-fatigue flooring, but don’t need to worry about grease getting on the mats. They’re perfect in areas such as bars, food prep areas, dishwashing station, and server stations. They’re also the typical mats you see in industrial areas and mechanic shops. These mats also have anti-slip material and provide holes where fluids can easily be drained away.

Black Floor Mats with Comfort Grips

These are the type of floor mats that you’d usually see in areas that don’t deal with a lot of liquids, but can benefit from maximum cushioning in matting. Areas that could benefit the most from this type of matting include cashier stands and hostess areas.

Floor Runners

These types of floor mats help protect floors in high-traffic areas, while adding traction and a means to keep dirt off of other floor types. In the restaurant, these types of rugs are usually seen in hallways and at entrances.

Carpeted & Entry Floor Mats

These types of floor mats look great in entryways, and add a non-slip environment while trapping dirt (and/or snow). They come in standard black and gray, but you can also get them customized with your business logo. For more information on getting customized matting, please call us at 888-388-6372 or Live Chat with us.

When you know that over 30% of work injuries come from slipping and falling, and that the average cost of a slip or fall accident is $50,000, having the right floor matting in place goes far beyond just protecting your floors, it’s about protecting your employees.

Yes, matting can help save on the wear and tear of your floors; but more importantly, it helps improve employee safety, while adding a level of comfort that keeps your employees knees and backs happy.

Make sure to bookmark this for after you get your floor mats installed – it’ll help you quickly learn how to keep your mats maintained and cleaned.

To get started with cleaning, you’ll need to collect a few tools:

Note: Any type of brush could work to scrub the mats, but a floor (or deck) brush will allow you to scrub the mat while standing – saving your employee’s back. Also, the transport mat rack is optional, but helps make this process so much easier.

Get to scrubbing!

If the floor mats are cleaned on a daily basis (as they should be in a functional restaurant), there really won’t be much elbow grease needed. A simple scrub down with detergent, water, and a floor brush should do the trick. Let’s get started.

  1. Mix water and mild dishwashing detergent in a bucket. Use the detergent’s on-bottle instructions for suggestions on water to detergent ratio.
  2. Pull all of the floor mats up that will fit on the transport mat rack. When you load them on the rack, try not to fold them or bend them as this can lead to more damage to the mat overtime.
  3. Once in an area where you can scrub the mats, lay them down on a working surface and spray them down with water. Spread a generous amount of the water and detergent on the mats, then scrub with the floor brush. Make sure to pay extra attention to the holes, as this will be where the majority of the grease will build-up.
  4. After you’ve cleaned both sides of the mats, hang them back up on the transport mat rack, and give them a good rinse. Let them remain on the rack as they dry.
  5. Make sure to clean the floor under the mats before placing the newly cleaned mats back down.

Note: It is not recommended to place the rubber mats in a dishwasher. It is also not recommended to use any other type of cleaner than mild dishwashing detergent; as chemicals such as bleach and heavy-degreasers can cause damage to the mats.

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