Entrance mats are an important component of any facility's cleaning and safety plan. They help prevent dirt, debris, and moisture from being tracked inside, reducing slip and trip accidents whilst maintaining a clean appearance. However, entrance mats can become dirty and clogged over time, which can reduce their effectiveness and that's why it's essential to give them a thorough clean every now and then.

In this blog post, we have created a list of top tips for you to follow, to ensure your premises looks professional and tidy.

Why Regular Cleaning is Important

Entrance mats are exposed to a variety of contaminants, including dirt, mud, dust, and bacteria, which can accumulate over time, especially in high-traffic areas. In addition, dirty mats can create an unsightly appearance and emit unpleasant odours, affecting the overall image of your brand and business, so it is important to keep it under control.

Regular cleaning not only keeps entrance mats looking clean and new but also helps maintain their functionality, preventing slip and trip accidents and promoting a safe environment for both your staff and visitors.

Effective Cleaning Methods

There are several methods for cleaning entrance mats, depending on their type and level of soiling. Find below our top tips:

  1. Vacuuming

Regular vacuuming is an essential step in maintaining the cleanliness of entrance mats. Vacuuming removes loose dirt, dust, and debris from the surface, preventing them from accumulating and clogging up in the mat's fibres.

For best results, we recommend using a low or medium-powered vacuum, which can effectively dislodge dirt and dust from the fibres. Be sure to vacuum both sides of the mat, as well as the surrounding area, to remove any loose debris. Routinely vacuuming your mat will reduce the amount of time and effort needed for further cleaning.

  1. Spot Cleaning

Spot cleaning is an effective method for removing small stains and spills from entrance mats. You can use a mild detergent, warm water, and a cloth to blot the stain. Avoid using hot water or harsh chemicals as they may damage the mat. To ensure your mat stays in the best condition, you should always check with the manufacturer as to what cleaning products you can use.

  1. Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning is necessary for heavily soiled entrance mats that have undergone vigorous usage. To successfully remove the level of dirt, use a mild detergent and a stiff brush to scrub the mat's surface, working in circular motions. Rinse the mat thoroughly with clean water and allow it to air dry completely before putting it back in place.

  1. Specialist Carpet Cleaner

If the mat is particularly dirty or stained, a specialist cleaner might be necessary. A professional carpet cleaner will use the necessary tools to transform your mat into as good as new. By using a specialist cleaner, you can also prevent mould and mildew growth, which will keep your premises clean and safe.

  1. Washing Machine

Some entrance mats are machine washable, which means you can pop them into the washing machine and follow the cleaning instructions. If you’re unsure if your mat can be put into a washing machine, get in touch or refer to the recommendations provided by your entrance mat supplier.

In addition to regular cleaning, there are several steps you can take to maintain the cleanliness and functionality of your entrance mats:

  1. Rotate Mats

Rotating your entrance mats frequently can help distribute wear and tear evenly, extending the life of your mats and maintaining their effectiveness.

  1. Use Matting Systems

Using a matting system with multiple layers can help reduce the amount of dirt, moisture, and debris that enters your building. For example, if you install an outdoor rubber mat at the exterior of your entranceway and use an indoor entrance mat in conjunction, you can significantly reduce the level of dirt and moisture that is tracked in.

  1. Replace Mats When Necessary

As with most products, entrance mats do have a lifespan and will eventually wear out and become ineffective at some point in time. It's important to monitor the condition of your mats and replace them when they start to show substantial signs of wear and tear.

By following these cleaning tips, you can keep your entranceway looking clean, organised, and tidy, promoting a safe and welcoming environment for everyone who enters your premises. If you have any enquiries about our cleaning tips or require more information about the products we stock, please feel free to contact us today and we will be more than happy to help!