Crown Mats and Matting A Division of Ludlow Composites Corporation 2100 Commerce Drive, Fremont, OH 43420 800.628.5463 Fax 800.544.2806 Floor Mats Make the Difference EVERYWHERE Entrance matting- Stop Dirt at the Door Entrance matting lowers maintenance costs by preventing dirt, moisture and grime from being tracked in. Did you know 70-80% of dirt comes in the front, back, side and service doors? It makes sense, doesn’t it? You can capture, hold and hide 85% of that dirt with effective entrance matting. To keep floors clean, dry, safe and provide for good indoor air quality, it’s recommended to cover, at least, the first fifteen (15) of an entrance area with a combination matting system. By utilizing the system of scraper mats for outdoor use, wiper/scraper mats for vestibule/transitional areas and wiper mats completely indoors, most of the dirt and debris from outside will be stopped at the front door. By having an entryway matting system in place, the benefits include: -Improved appearance -Floor protection -Reduced liability -Reduced maintenance & labor cost -Improvement to indoor air quality Matting- the First Step in Safety Slips and falls are the #1 rising cause of injury in the workplace. For that matter anywhere people are on the move can become a potential for a slip and fall accident, i.e. Retail, Restaurants, Hospitals, Airports, Factories, Restrooms, Offices. The proper mat placed in the appropriate setting can help to alleviate those concerns. To help ensure safety, the degree of traction between the shoes and the mat surface needs to be high enough to prevent slipping, but not so high as to restrict controlled foot movement when walking, turning, sliding or pivoting. Beveled safety edges should be used to reduce any tripping hazards. Unfortunately, falls sometimes occur, so mats help absorb impact and minimize the problems associated with a fall on hard concrete or wood floors. Anti-fatigue Surviving today’s workplace can be a tough and grueling challenge. Millions of workers finish their workday suffering with foot pain, leg fatigue, and soreness in the lower back and other related injuries caused by excessive standing. How big is the problem? It’s nearly universal: the American Podiatric Association reported that 83% of industrial workers suffer from foot, leg and back pain at one time or another. According to a 1995 University of Pittsburgh “Human Factors Study,” long-term standing appears to have a direct effect on the lower extremity health of workers. A correlation exists between leg tiredness and overall worker fatigue. Most anti-fatigue mats are merely soft by varying degrees, but softness alone does not reduce fatigue or provide ergonomic effectiveness. According to Robert Moran, CEO of Crown Mats and Matting, “Consider how a marshmallow compresses easily but does not cushion well because it has no rebound.” One of many innovations in the market is Comfort-KingTM, the best ergonomic mat for dry non-industrial applications. This product is patented in both Europe and the United States. Comfort-King is made from ZEDLANTM foam which gives the mat both softness and its unique property, resilience. Resilience in matting is the mat rebounding after being compressed, which is shown by measuring the height of a metal object when it is bounced off the mat. The following chart illustrates how Comfort-KingTM with ZEDLANTM performs vs. conventional matting. The ergonomics of anti-fatigue mats have been proven. Our muscles are forced to work “statically” when we are standing. The muscles are in a constant state of contraction to hold the body in the proper posture. This contraction tightens the muscles and compresses the blood vessels, which ultimately reduces blood flow throughout the body. When the body is in motion some of the muscles are forced to work “dynamically”, compressing and relaxing, as the muscles flex. Resilient matting aids in the stimulation of blood flow in a worker. A resilient mat creates a surface that pushes back against the worker’s foot forcing the workers to shift their weight subtly creating constant or “dynamic” muscle movement. This increased muscle activity improves the circulation, which flushes out lactic acid build-up and allows the heart to operate more efficiently. The result is a worker that is less fatigued and more alert at the end of the workday. The ergonomics of anti-fatigue mats have been proven: these mats actually change the chemistry of the lower body, reducing lactic acid build-up by keeping muscles active. This translates into less strain and pain, reduced absenteeism, lower workers’ compensation claims, as well as better employee morale. EASY STEPS FOR MAINTAINING ENTRANCE AND ANTI-FATIGUE MATS Regular maintenance of your mat is critical to extend mat life and appearance. It is recommended to develop a regular maintenance schedule. Frequency will depend on traffic and soil conditions. INITIAL MAT USE Rolled mats should be unrolled and laid flat within a few days of receipt. If edges or corners are curled after a few hours of laying flat, move the mat to a warm area or take a hair dryer to warm the vinyl to relax it. Do not use a heat gun as excessive heat will cause damage. Normal shedding or “fuzzing” may occur with new carpet mats. This is not a defect, rather a common occurrence to new fabrics. This will disappear after a few vacuumings. PERIODIC INSPECTION Periodic inspection is recommended to check for tears in borders on a regular basis. To repair a damaged border, glue the section together with cyanoacrylate ester type (super glue) adhesive. CARPET MATS Entrance mats are used to capture dirt and debris before it can be tracked into a facility. When a mat is dirty it means it is doing the job and prolonging the life of carpet and flooring within a facility. However, mats must be vacuumed daily and cleaned regularly to extend usefulness and appearance. SPOT & STAIN REMOVAL Hand wash or extract stains with a carpet spotter using a water-based carpet detergent or shampoo. DEEP CLEAN Periodically clean the mat with a carpet extractor using a water-based detergent or shampoo. When using a carpet extractor, please follow manufacturers instructions for operation and chemical use. Never use solvent based cleaners. DRYING Excess water should be removed by extracting or hanging the mat. When possible, mats should be allowed to dry completely before foot traffic is resumed. STORAGE & HANDLING Roll dry carpet compactly with pile facing out. Lay roll flat in cool, dry area. Do not stand on end or crush. INSTALLATION For smaller applications two-way tape or releasable adhesive will effectively keep mats in place. For larger installations a professional carpet installer should be used. ANTI-FATIGUE MATS USE AND STORAGE Unroll mat within a few days of receipt. Let mat lay for 24 hrs at room temperature before placing out for use. If the mat will not lay flat, move to a warm area. Heat will cause the vinyl mats to become more pliable and lay flat more quickly. Some rubber mats may have an oily or sticky film on them. This is a releasing agent that is inherent to molded mats, not a defect. Simply wash down with a mild detergent or degreaser to remove this film. Do not use solvents to remove this film. To store mats, roll them up and lay flat in a moderate temperature, dry area. Do not stand on end or crush. PERIODIC INSPECTION Periodic inspection is recommended to check for tears on a regular basis. To repair a damaged area, glue the section together with cyanoacrylate ester type (super glue) adhesive. ANTI-FATIGUE MATS – Vinyl SHAKE OUT OR SWEEP DAILY Shake dirt and debris or sweep with a broom daily to remove surface dirt. Sweep the area underneath the mat before replacing it to remove any dirt or debris that could cause premature wear and reduce slip hazard. HOSE OR DAMP MOP WEEKLY Mats can be washed off with a hose or pressure washer or damp mopped with a non- abrasive, water-based detergent. Let the mat dry completely before allowing foot traffic to resume. Do not use rotary scrubbers, vacuums, or other mechanical cleaners or scrubbers, to clean. Do not use solvents, pH detergents, or alkalis directly on the mat or use the mat in areas where these are used. Damage that occurs due to use of mechanical devices or chemicals will void mat warranty. ANTI-FATIGUE MATS – Rubber SHAKE OUT OR SWEEP DAILY Shake dirt and debris by flipping the mat over or gently sweep with a broom daily to remove surface dirt. Sweep the area underneath the mat before replacing it to remove any dirt or debris that could cause premature wear. With fingertip type mats it is recommended to flip the mat over to remove sand, dirt and debris collected inside the mat. Sand especially will act as an abrasive if not removed causing premature wear. HOSE OR SCRUB WEEKLY Mats can be washed off with a hose or pressure washer or gently scrubbed by hand with a soft brush and a non-abrasive, water-based detergent. Let the mat dry completely before allowing foot traffic to resume. Do not use rotary scrubbers, vacuums, or other mechanical cleaners or scrubbers to clean. Do not use solvents, pH detergents, or alkalis directly on the mat or use the mat in areas where these are used. Damage that occurs due to use of mechanical devices or chemicals will void product warranty. Grease-proof or grease resistant mats used in kitchen or oily environments should be cleaned weekly with hot, soapy water with a mop or pressure washer to breakdown excessive grease. Mats should not be put in a dishwasher. Failure can occur if mats are not cleaned for a long period of time. HOW TO CHOOSE THE PROPER MATTING MATTING SURVEY- HOTEL, RESTAURANT, RETAIL SPACE, COMMERCIAL SETTING 1. Identify and list areas matting is needed and note the type of mat best suited: A. Outside of main entrance = a heavy foot traffic area that needs a scraper mat B. Between the double doors of main entrance = Indoor/Outdoor, wiper/scraper mat C. Inside the facility at the main entrance = indoor wiper mats D. In front of check-in counters = heavy foot traffic where people are pivoting to add extra wear needs a wiper/scraper or wiper mat E. Behind the check-in or gift shop counters for employees = anti-fatigue, either a foam or carpet top foam mat for a more upscale look F. Maintenance room = this area could need anti-fatigue mats, oil/chemical resistant mats, drain-through mats as well as a mat at the entrance G. Laundry room = consider mats that dry easily, drain thru or wipe the shoe H. Exercise room = for floor exercises anti-microbial anti-fatigue mats and for under exercise machines anti-fatigue mats to keep vibrations low and the machine in place I. Salad bar in restaurant:, Behind the bar, Kitchen area = scraper, wiper/scraper or drain-thru mats; consider slip-resistance and oil-resistant mats J. Corporate office = protective clear Chair Mats can protect flooring K. Around the swimming pool = slip-resistance, drain-thru matting L. Entrances other than main entrance: these areas can have heavy foot traffic and needs a wiper/scraper or wiper mat MATTING SURVEY – INDUSTRIAL SETTINGS For facility managers, with safety concerns, a simple questionnaire will make mat selection much easier: WHAT DO YOU EXPECT YOUR MATTING TO DO FOR YOUR FACILITY? 1. Better safety conditions? 2. Improved ergonomics? 3. Last for how long? 4. Chemical resistant? 5. All of the above? QUESTIONS TO IDENTIFY THE PROPER MAT: What area or areas need matting? 2. What elements exist in those areas? A. Dry floors B. Wet floors C. Metal parts, paints, chips, etc. 3. Areas of the facility A. Body shops - The toughest area on mats due to having lift trucks, cart traffic, metal parts, hot sparks, metal chips, and lubricating fluids. B. Chassy area - Average traffic but work stations are exposed to brake fluid, oil, transmission fluid, gas, anti-freeze, and windshield washer fluid. C. Trim area - Average traffic with mostly dry work station areas. D. Final - Average traffic area but has wet areas. Drain-through mats are essential to avoid moisture being trapped in pockets, which will stagnate, cause odor, and breed germs. 4. After identifying each area and the elements, determine what you want the mat to do and how you want the mat to perform. A. Wet areas = Water: Light, medium, or large quantities of water? In wet areas, a flow-through mat is required. Remember: Some mats trap water, breed germs, and cause odors. B. Wet areas from chemicals such as brake fluid, oils, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, and anti-freeze should be evaluated. 1 - How long will it be before the spill is cleaned up? 2 - What is the quantity of this type of spills? a. Small amount (drops) b. Medium (amounts needing more than a rag to wipe up) c. Long exposure (matting that may lay in any of the above fluids) 3 - Chemical exposure - Will any of the following chemicals be in contact with the matting: acetate/acetone, lacquer thinner, windshield washer fluid, mineral spirits, alcohol, butyl alcohol, turpentine, or cleaning chemicals such as alkaline? C. Installation Consideration 1 -Longer mats may be heavy to move and may be difficult to install and clean under the mat. D. Housekeeping Considerations 1 - Hard surface mats without holes require fewer hours for cleaning. 2 - Drain-through and mesh mats tend to trap dirt. To properly clean these types of mats, remove the products, spray wash the mat, and clean the floor before reinstalling the mats. Remember - Good working conditions, safety, and ergonomics are very important in any plant and picking the right mat should be taken very seriously.
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