Benefits of Commercial Entry Way Mats
Are you looking to add commercial entry mats (door mats) to your building?
Does dirt, grime and dust seem to be a constant problem in your building? And, no matter how much you dust, wipe, clean, and mop, it seems the process is never-ending?
In this article you will see how entry way mats can minimize dirt and dust accumulation in a proactive fashion.
Simple in nature and functional by design, entrance mats halt the dirt and grime at the door. Without mats, dirt is tracked into the building which can then lead to scratches, damage to your ﬂoors, and eventually ends up embedded in your carpet. With foot trafﬁc, this dirt is then agitated and spreads as dust throughout your property where it settles into air ducts and everywhere else (including the blinds of your largest tenant!). The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) recommend using matting of at least 10 to 15 feet, to capture as much as 85 to 95 percent of contaminants! It is not a cure-all, but a terriﬁc start.
Safety—An Additional Beneﬁt
Sometimes overlooked, mats placed on both the interior and exterior of entrances serve as a safety measure. Inclement weather can quickly make a marble ﬂoor subject to slips and falls, when not served by an entry mat. Slippery conditions provide a potential liability, and while an open marble lobby is beautiful, safety comes ﬁrst.
Entry Mat Options
Options are available, from the plushest of qualities to durable and well-made mats, manufactured from recycled soda bottles, tires, and grease obtained from restaurant grease traps. Nubs and nosing add to the aesthetics and durability.
HEPA Vacuum Filters
Advanced ﬁltration technology signiﬁcantly improves the capture of microscopic dust, as compared to just a few years ago. The objective of the four or ﬁve level ﬁltration systems in HEPA vacuums is to ﬁlter the air at each ﬁltration level so that 99.9% of micron particles, as small as 0.5 micron, is captured, resulting in less dust throughout the facility; this ﬁltration provides cleaner air. Certiﬁcation from the CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) further assures that carpet cleaning product manufacturers pass rigorous standards, which helps protect the carpet investment in every building. Models range from stand-up vacuums with nozzles and multiple cleaning tools, to backpack models that provide great ﬂexibility and reach to areas that might otherwise be missed.
While mats will prevent dirt from entering the building, HEPA ﬁlter vacuums trap dust along with green products and tools, and sustainable cleaning practices will remove dirt. But what is the additional step that will keep the interior clean? HVAC ﬁlters. This ensures the building’s indoor air quality is the best it can be! No amount of dusting will keep a particular area from accumulating dust if HVAC ﬁlters are not clean. If the cleaning crew is cleaning properly, dust should be removed from the exterior of the air vents on a frequent basis. If, however, the dust is accumulating in less than a 3–4 week period, the ﬁlters should be checked and cleaned more frequently. The U.S. Green Building Council estimates that we spend as much as 90% of our time indoors, and we need to make sure that indoor air quality is as clean as it can be by being dust-free. The combination of entry mats and frequent changing and cleaning of HVAC ﬁlters can go a long way to complementing cleaning and ensuring your building occupants are breathing clean air.
What are your thoughts? Do you have a problem with excessive dirt and/or dust in your building that may be caused from the lack of an entrance mat?