Entrance matting is an important part of any cleaning program. What if you could have an employee stand by the door and clean off people’s shoes as they walk in to the building? What kind of impact would this have on your floor finish and carpet? Studies have shown that as much as 85% of dirt in a building comes in right through the door. This is where entrance matting makes a big impact on your cleaning.
I always ask people “How does dirt get to the 20th floor of a high-rise building?”
How Does Dirt Get In?
Dirt doesn’t come in through the windows because in most buildings they are sealed.
It doesn’t get pulled in by the H.V.A.C. system because most buildings filter the air.
The dirt rides up on the elevator, and walks up the stairs on shoes. Now having someone stand at the door like an elementary school teacher and tell everyone to wipe their feet is not a professional approach, but having the proper matting can make all the difference. What is the proper amount of matting? If space allows, it is recommended that people should take six steps on matting while entering a building. Good quality, heavy duty entrance matting will hold as much as double its weight in dirt. This may take a little more time to maintain the entrance, but will save a lot of time cleaning carpets and refinishing floors. Not to mention that it will lower the amount of dust in a building, and help increase the indoor air quality.
Entrance Matting and Elevators
One last tip on the subject of matting is in regard to elevators. Keeping floors clean in elevators is always a challenge. Tile, stone and carpet take such a beating while people stand, waiting to exit, that cleaning these surfaces is next to impossible. The solution is to custom fit entrance matting into these areas. Have a spare so that all you have to do is pull out the dirty and replace it with a clean one. Take the dirty one and hose it out, extract it or pressure wash it.
Hang to dry and it is ready the next time you need it.