Commercial door mats provide the qualities necessary to help keep your entrance clean and safe. Commercial entrance matting is offered in rubber and carpet materials and is designed to prevent both dirt and moisture from traveling indoors while creating a dry, non-slip interior surface to create a safer entrance. The eco-friendly and synthetic rubber variations effectively scrape away dirt and debris while being durable enough to stay outdoors. Polypropylene carpet filament fiber offers excellent absorption properties to create a dry interior surface to prevent slip and fall accidents. Additionally, rubber and carpet commercial door mats have a quick and easy cleaning process so that your entrance does not have to be unprotected for long.
Commercial Door Mats
What is Entrance Matting?
Entrance matting is a protective mat that is placed at entrances that prevents dirt, debris and moisture from trailing indoors and creating hazards. Rubber-Cal appreciates this need and offers commercial door mats for your business needs in both rubber and carpet materials. Commercial entrance mats made of rubber and carpet are all durable materials suited for the high-foot traffic environments of building entrances. Entrance doormats help keep a professional and clean look by preventing dirt and moisture from trailing in onto the interior floors when entering a building. Combining the weight of the commercial door mats and the anti-slip qualities of their rubber composition make this a no-adhesive installation job. Furthermore, they also help bring a level of safety to an entrance by offering a superior level of anti-slip traction as well as keeping the interior floors free of debris and moisture.
1. What Materials are Commercial Entrance Mats Made Of?
Commercial entrance mats are made of rubber and polypropylene carpet materials. Each type is made to be used in specific zones of buildings. Both materials have the ability to provide a clean and safe entrance due to their ability to prevent hazards such as debris and moisture from trailing indoors. Rubber entrance doormats are available in synthetic SBR, eco-friendly recycled or reclaimed rubber or a mixture of both for added durability. Carpet commercial door mats are made with a polypropylene carpet filament surface and a rubber or PVC backside to help it keep a sturdy grip on the surface below. Rubber and carpet mats are often used together with the rubber mat outdoors and the carpet mat indoors for an extra layer of safety. For instance, rubber commercial entrance mats are used outdoors to initially scrape away dirt and debris stuck on shoes and to trap moisture within its grooves before entering a building. Then, the carpet entrance doormat steps in to absorb and trap the excess moisture and debris the rubber mat did not.
1(a). Rubber Materials
Eco-friendly recycled and reclaimed rubber and synthetic SBR are ideal rubber materials for rubber commercial door mats because they possess a high coefficient of friction and are designed to withstand outdoor conditions. Rubber mats are generally used outdoors due to their high coefficient of friction which allows it to retain traction even when moisture is present on its surface. Furthermore, these moisture-resisting qualities of rubber will not allow harmful organic byproducts such as mold or mildew from forming. This makes rubber an ideal outdoor doormat. Rubber commercial door mats also feature a textured surface that enhances its traction, scraping abilities and helps trap moisture and dirt within its grooves and ridges. In addition, rubber is highly resistant to the damaging outdoor environment. It is able to resist the degrading effects of harsh UV rays, ozone and abrasive weather conditions. This allows rubber entrance doormats to be left outdoor indefinitely without losing its abilities.
1(b). Polypropylene Carpet Filament Fibers
Polypropylene carpet filament fiber is the ideal material for entrance mats for business entrances because they are durable and moisture resistant. These synthetic fibers are “strong, elastic, has good abrasion resistance and has excellent resistance to staining, chemicals, mildew and fading” (polymerdatabase.com). These characteristics make polypropylene the ideal fiber material for absorbing moisture without being stained or affected. Despite the moisture-resistance of the propylene fiber, these commercial door mats are still made with a carpet surface and they should not be used outdoors but, rather indoors with a rubber mat outside. Some carpet entrance matting features a textured surface to enhance scraping capabilities on its surface while its rubber backside keeps a sturdy grip on the floor so that you can effectively scrape your shoes. Additionally, these fibers are quick drying to help prevent the formations of organic byproduct and to help create a non-slip surface to scrape your shoes on.
How Big Should a Commercial Entrance Door Mat Be?
A commercial entrance doormat should be large enough to cover the entirety of the door width or entrance area immediately inside and outside the entrance. Some rubber commercial door mats are available in made-to-size mats for smaller commercial entrances and matting rolls for larger commercial entrances. Rubber made-to-size mats are available in sizes ranging from as small as 24 inches by 32 inches to as large as 36 inches by 25 feet. Entrance matting rolls made of rubber can be customized to a specific length up to 50 continuous feet. Because of the size difference, made-to-size mats are ideally used in areas immediately surrounding the entrance while entrance matting rolls are better suited for covering a longer strip of area such as an indoor pathway for carpet rolls or an outdoor ramp or sidewalk for rubber rolls.
2. How do Entrance Doormats Keep Entryways Safe?
Entrance doormats keep entryways safe by scraping excess dirt from shoes and absorbing excess moisture to create a non-slip surface that is safe to traverse. Rubber and carpet mats are often used together to produce the best safety results. Commercial door mats are designed to catch both dirt and moisture; however, rubber and carpet entrance matting both have their own set of unique characteristics. Rubber entrance doormats are generally place outside due to their ability to resist weathering and retain traction even when moisture is present on its surface. On the other hand, carpet entrance doormats are not outdoor friendly and are generally placed indoors because of their ability to absorb excess moisture that was not scraped off by the outdoor rubber mat.
2(a). Shoe Scraping
Rubber and carpet commercial entrance mats have the ability to effectively scrape away unwanted dirt and debris from shoes; however, most of the scraping responsibilities fall on the rubber mat outdoors. Rubber entrance mats offer a sturdy and non-slip surface for you to safely and effectively scrape your shoes outside. The carpet entrance mat on the interior floor will help trap dirt the outdoor rubber entrance mat may have missed. Its polypropylene fiber surface can reach into the tiny grooves of shoe patterns to ensure a thorough cleaning. In addition, both rubber and carpet entrance doormats offer a textured surface to enhance the mats’ scraping abilities which, in turn, also helps enhance traction on both sides of the entrance.
2(a). Moisture Absorption
Although rubber entrance mats have moisture trapping abilities, the moisture absorption responsibility falls on carpet commercial entrance mats. The surface patterns found on rubber entrance doormats help trap moisture within its grooves to help avoid excess moisture from traveling indoors. An indoor carpet entrance doormat provides the unique ability to absorb the moisture still clinging onto your shoes due to its polypropylene surface composition. Carpet matting also features a lip around the perimeter of the mat to help keep moisture on the surface of the mat rather than spilling out onto to the floor. Additionally, the rubber backing of the carpet mat will not permit moisture from seeping through the material and under the mat. Having both rubber and carpet commercial door mats on either side of an entrance will ensure a non-slip interior floor.
Safety should be the primary concern when you are considering purchasing entrance mats for business areas. Both rubber and carpet commercial door mats provide superior anti-slip qualities and guard well against dirt and debris. Rubber has the unique ability to withstand the abrasive outdoor conditions and damaging effects of direct sunlight allowing it to be used outdoors indefinitely. While polypropylene carpet fiber filaments are not as outdoor friendly as rubber, they have the important responsibility of absorbing excess moisture the rubber outdoor mat did not remove. Overall, investing in commercial door mats is an easy-to-clean and hassle-free investment that will help keep you and your guest safeguarded against moisture and debris hazards.