Now that spring is here many  facility managers are in a “spring cleaning” state of mind, implementing complex programs to sweep away the remains of last winter.One of the most important places to start-and one often overlooked-is entry mats!While sweeping, and mopping is a must, replacing your entry mats can be often overlooked. Here’s a simple tip, the next time your cleaner cleans have them take the mat outside and shake it off, if dirt, salt, and debris keeps falling off, you need a new mat!  Mats help pick up the dirt and debris when someone first walks in the door. With a new or well maintained mat, your carpet or hard surface floor will take less abuse.

Here are some other helpful tips to maintain matting’s performance and function:

  • Clean under all entry mats. During the course of the winter, soil, debris, and moisture may build up under the mat. Remove all mats and clean the underneath floor area. Use a neutral floor cleaner to help protect finished floors and do not reinstall mats until the area is thoroughly cleaned and dry.
  • Check door entries. With the mats removed, check door entries to see if any structural damage has occurred during the course of the winter. Grime, salt from ice-melters, tracked-in snow, and prolonged moisture can damage door frames and surrounding areas; thoroughly clean and repair these areas.
  • Clean mats. If the mats have been purchased, spring is a perfect time to deep clean entry mats using carpet extraction. Since the job of the mat is to capture and trap soils, carpet extraction is the most ideal way to remove embedded soils, ensuring the mat continues to perform effectively.
  • Installation strategy. Before reinstalling mats, analyze how well the current matting installation strategy has worked. In some cases, longer mats or different types of mats may need to be installed. As to soil retention, a good rule of thumb is 15 to 18 feet of matting is needed for capturing 80 percent of all soils and moisture.

Remember mat selection is key! If new mats are needed, select “high performance” mats. These mats, which are normally purchased, typically have a much longer lifespan, longer warranty, and better capability to provide effective soil retention.

Thank you for reading and remember to check back for more tips,tricks, ideas, and news on all of your janitorial needs!