Question: What are the standard sizes for single door entrance mats?
Answer: There is no one size fits all. The actual size should be chosen based upon the amount of space available inside or outside the door, how much foot traffic is going through the doorway and how much / what kind of dirt needs to be removed. Here are some of the most popular sizes and where they should be used:
- 75cm x 45cm Homes with minimal foot traffic
- 90cm x 6cm Homes with moderate foot traffic
- 90cm x 90cm As above but this square size has the advantage of being able to be rotated for even wear
- 150cm x 90cm Small to medium businesses
- 300cm x 90cm and 420cm x 90cm Doorways with a high volume of traffic, for example, a business between a workshop and their offices.
Question: What are the standard sizes for double door entrance mats?
Answer: There is no one size fits all. The actual size should be chosen based upon the amount of space available inside or outside the door, how much foot traffic is going through the doorway and how much / what kind of dirt needs to be removed. If the mat is required for a business, then you may also want to have a logo on the mat and this will also determine what size mat would be best in terms of appearance.
Here are some of the most popular sizes:
- 1.5m x 0.9m
- 1.5m x 1.2m
- 1.5m x 1.8m
- 1.5m x 3.6m
- 1.5m x 4.2m
Question: Is there a guarantee on entrance mats?
Answer: Designa Mat offers a 2-year guarantee against manufacturing defects on all vulcanised rubber backed products.
Question: Are the mats washable?
Answer: Yes, but it depends on the type of mat, some mats can be hand washed and others can be laundered in an industrial washing machine and then tumble dried. Hand washed mats can be cleaned using a light solution of clothing detergent and water, agitated with a light nylon brush then hosed off and hung to dry, so the water can run off. If a wet mat is left flat on the ground it takes far longer to dry. Also, look for a nice sunny spot to help it dry faster.
Question: Which mats are best for non-slip?
Answer: Rubber backed mats benefit from the grip of the rubber on any smooth flat floor. When a mat needs to be laid on a carpet with a loop pile we manufacture the rubber backing with thousands of tiny rubber grippers called cleats which grip into the fibres of the carpet to help hold it in position. Mats should not be placed on cut pile carpets and the pile tend to always push the mat in a particular direction which results in a perpetual struggle to keep the mat in place.
Question: What kind of mats are suitable to be laid into a mat recess?
Answer: There are various options available from 5mm thick carpet style mats to 14mm thick mats with alternating open grooves and carpet strips. If there is an existing mat recess this might also determine the thickness that should be chosen. Sometimes old mat recesses are very deep, this goes back to the days when it was popular to use thick 3-4cm coir mats. These mats are no longer popular because they are very difficult to clean and they shed hair. In this instance, it’s best to screed the recess up to a more serviceable depth or fill it completely and put a loose laid mat over the area.
Question: When should a mat recess be used?
Answer: It’s preferable to use a mat recess in order to make the surface of the mat flush with the ground to ensure a trip-free edge. Mat recesses are commonly used at the entrances of:
- Block of flats
- Office parks
- High rise buildings
- Shopping centers
- Hotel and conference centers
- And any other building where high volumes of people enter on a regular basis, especially where they may be pushing a trolley or pulling a suitcase.
Question: Should I put my mat inside or outside the door?
Answer: This will be determined by a number of factors. If a mat is to be used outdoors at the entrance to a building then it should be undercover and protected from the elements. A mat exposed to the elements will get wet in the rain and not help to dry wet feet in rainy weather. If the mat is not heavy enough it could also get blown away by strong winds. If the area provides adequate protection then an outside mat may be used. An example of this is hotels, who frequently provide a large mat outside their main doors. Mats should be used outdoors when the mat is there primarily to provide a non-slip surface, for example, heavy rubber mats with coin-sized holes are frequently used in cold climates, in areas that receive snow in the winter. These rubber mats with drainage holes are useful to stomp on with wet, snowy boots in order to keep the snow out of the home or business.
Question: Will the rubber backing of the entrance mat make marks on my floor?
Answer: While there are various types of backing that can be used on mats, a nitrile rubber backing does not give off any rubber ‘crumbs’ and will also not cause marks when laying in position.
Question: How often should I clean my mats?
Answer: Mats should be well maintained to remove granular dirt and dust from the surface. Dirt which lies loosely on a mat can be walked off the mat and onto your floor. Depending on the type of mat various cleaning methods may be used. Carpet style mats should be shaken out and vacuumed on a regular basis. If dirt marks remain after vacuuming then you should wash the mat, either in an industrial washing machine or by hand. Hand washed mats can be cleaned on-site using a light solution of clothing detergent and water, then agitated with a light nylon brush, hosed off and hung to dry, so the water can run off. If a wet mat is left flat on the ground it takes far longer to dry. Also look for a nice sunny spot to help it dry faster. If your mat has a light coloured surface, the dirt from shoes will show up quicker than on a dark coloured mat, which means that the mat will need to be cleaned more regularly. We recommend that two mats per area be purchased, so that they can be rotated, one on the floor while the other is being washed and dried. This means you’ll always have a clean mat and more importantly a clean floor.