By Team School Fix® on December 14th, 2021
Keeping your facility floors clean and dry starts with placing high-quality matting around your school. Did you know that just one square yard of high-performance matting can accumulate up to one pound of dirt every week and even twice that during inclement weather?
You heard that right... As few as 150 people entering a building can track in one pound of dirt in a 5-day workweek, costing over $30,000 annually to clean or remove. Up to 80% of dirt, dust, and grime in a building is tracked in from the outside on people’s shoes which can permanently damage tile flooring and carpet. Proper Matting plays an important role in schools by helping to keep school facilities clean and providing a safe and healthy learning environment for staff and students alike.
Choosing the best type of mats for your school largely depends on the facility's layout and location, which can vary from school to school. The simplest way to determine which type of matting is best for your school is to break your school down into unique zones and consider the purpose that those areas serve, and what you will need to achieve with a matting choice in those areas.
Facility Entrance Matting, when placed correctly, can catch up to 90% of dirt, dust, debris, and moisture. These also help reduce wear on hard surface floors and reduce soiling of carpets while effectively minimizing slip and falls by keeping the floors clean and dry. Some of our most sought out School Entryway Mats include:
Effective placement of Outdoor Matting at school entrances can have a drastic impact on the safety and cleanliness of your facility by scraping and stopping dirt, dust, debris, and water before it enters your building. Indoor Matting will last much longer when accompanied by high-performance and reliable Outdoor Matting. A few of our most popular Outdoor Scraper Mats for Schools include:
Extra Long Runner Mats can be great solutions to situations where a large area of flooring must be covered at once. This type of large matting can provide schools with the added benefit of easier cleaning and maintenance due to the elimination of multi-mat configurations. Some popular large format Running Mats for Schools include:
High-quality Food Service Matting is essential to achieving efficient and safe school cafeteria operations. When hygiene and personal safety are of the utmost importance you need lunchroom matting that is comfortable, dependable, safe, and easy to clean. A few popular School Cafeteria Matting options include:
School Restroom Matting and Mats for Drinking Fountains can have a substantial impact on the safety of these areas within a school by helping to reduce the risk of slips and falls in areas where water overflow is an issue. Some popular choices of Matting for Restrooms and Drinking Fountains include:
School Office and Library Matting can be extremely effective when placed correctly due to the amount of traffic from visitors, students, and staff these areas receive on any given school day. These designs specifically incorporate high-performance with pleasing aesthetic appeal. Some best selling School Office and Library Matting options include:
When purchasing matting for your school, it’s important to know not just how many mats are needed, but also what sizes are needed, especially for entranceways and more complex areas within the building.
The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) recommends a minimum of 10 to 15 feet of matting before a person walks onto a carpeted or hard floor surface. Using 20 feet of matting can effectively capture, hold, and store up to 90% of soil and moisture.
Matting is an important investment in the safety and cleanliness of your school building, so it’s necessary to properly clean and care for this investment. Be sure to regularly check your mats for rippling, curling, or torn edges and remove or replace if this is found.
Keep the floors beneath matting clean and dry to protect its backing and prevent mold and mildew from forming. Vacuum your mats frequently and clean the bottom of your matting on a regular basis. Avoid rolling or folding mats for storage as this can damage or weaken the backing of the mat.
Many school matting solutions can be implemented in your facility matting plan, but if you’re on a tight budget and need school mats that are affordable and dependable, look no further - there’s a School Fix® product to fit your needs! We hope you found this guide helpful. To read more about our products or about solutions to common school maintenance concerns, please visit the School Fix® Blog.
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