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Dr Peter Barratt, Technical Manager at Initial Washroom Hygiene, discusses the many matting solutions available on today’s market,

while looking at the benefits each type could have for your business. When looking to protect and prolong the life of your flooring, it is essential to choose the correct floor mat suited to your specific business requirements. Placing the appropriate type of floor mats, in the right locations, means cleaner, less hazardous floors and a more appealing environment for your workers. As well as protection, this will also help to prevent the risk of trips and slips occurring in your workplace. Whether you’re deciding on a mat for your reception, industrial workshop or food preparation area, there will always be a mat to suit your need.

to anyone walking into the building. These bespoke indoor mats are just as effective at trapping and removing dirt as standard entrance mats, but have the added advantage of being tailored to your unique design.

MAKE AN ENTRANCE This may be the first feature your customers or clients see when entering the building, so aside from being functional, the mat needs to be aesthetically pleasing. Using logo mats in entrance areas provides a fantastic opportunity to add colour and communicate your brand message


The majority of people walking over the entrance mat will have come from outside and risk carrying dirt into the building; a mat will capture up to 80% of the dirt and water that gets brought into your premises. Plus, certain mats such as Initial’s Standard Plus, combine ‘Phoenix’ fibre; an eco-friendly stain resistant material with a Superstyrene rubber backing, it is memory resistant so that the mat stays flat.

As well as placing them in entrances or doorways, mats are perfect for high traffic areas such as corridors or in front of vending machines and water coolers; they protect the floor covering and help to reduce the risk of slips and

trips. If they are branded and placed in areas with a high footfall such as entrances, it helps to create a notable visual impact for your visitors.

PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE Message mats, provide instant eye- catching appeal that sets the right first impression to visitors. These are available in a variety of designs and serve a very similar purpose to entrance and logo mats.

These mats provide a simple yet bold and effective statement, allowing you to deliver and communicate key messages. They are made with a high performance, revolutionary rubber backing that ensures the mat consistently lies flat, and are able to absorb a large amount of dirt and water.

TOO EXTREME? Extreme mats are specifically designed to cope with the demands of heavy

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