Why entrance matting is needed

Today’s modern entrance mats with their carefully selected infill materials and colour co-ordinated styling bear very little resemblance to the soil barriers used by our ancestors, who placed straw, sawdust and old rags in doorways to keep floors clean. They may look more impressive but they serve the same basic purpose - to remove soil and moisture from the soles of shoes and the treads of wheeled traffic as they cross the threshold.

There are three key reasons why effective barrier matting is required at every external entrance........

  • To protect all floor coverings and finishes from unnecessary soiling and premature damage. Ceramic, stone, textile, wood, laminate or vinyl – it makes no difference what type of floor finish has been installed. Its appearance (and eventually its structure) will deteriorate from the effects of wet and dry soiling tracked in on the soles of shoes and tyre treads of wheeled traffic.
  • To reduce cleaning and maintenance costs. When effective entrance matting is installed, interior floors not only last longer, they need less attention. By trapping soil and moisture in one localised area, the frequency of regular and periodic intensive floor cleaning throughout the rest of the building is minimised. As 60% of a building’s total cleaning and maintenance costs can relate to floor coverings, the potential savings are considerable.
  • To create safer environments. On any floor surface, moisture contamination can clearly become a slip hazard, but so can dry contaminants. For example, clean ceramic floor tiles that normally have a good co-efficient of friction value in dry conditions can become as slippery as an ice rink if grains of fine sand or street dust are walked or blown onto the floor as these tiny dry particles act as a lubricant.

As our brief guide explains, for entrance flooring to be effective due regard must be paid to its location, the level of traffic envisaged and the type and volume of soiling expected. For more detailed information and specific guidance on your installation, please don't hesitate to contact the Shackerley Technical Team