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The Cost of Protecting Your Floors

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Protecting floors is a big concern for many industries as they want to protect employees and visitors from slips, trips, and falls, but also protect their building from outdoor dirt and grime that can rack up cleaning and labor costs. To do so, mats are placed strategically around the building but businesses must consider the benefits of purchasing their own mats versus renting mats from a third party.

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Matting Maintenance

Renting mats is often advertised as a simple answer to maintenance with mats. Business owners don’t have to clean them or think about them and the rental company will take care of it. Mike Kuhlman, with M + A Matting, said that the perception that cleaning mats is complicated is misleading, but a big reason some choose to go that route.

In reality, Kuhlman said, the most maintenance a floor mat needs is daily vacuuming. Once or twice a year mats should be deep cleaned using a carpet extractor or a power washer, he added.

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Effective Matting

Another reason he says renting can be a mistake for businesses is because often the mats that rental companies carry are not the correct ones for an entrance. Kuhlman said that because rental mats can be easily rolled up and put in a washer, they are not the right material or the right size to be put in an entryway to effectively collect outside dirt and water.

“I live by Kroger and a couple winters ago [I noticed] they recognized they needed 30 feet of matting but in order to accomplish it — the only way to accomplish it — was to put two, 3-by-10s side-by-side and stack them three deep,” he said. “Now, you’ve got six mats laying there whereas I could have put one of these Waterhog products there, either a 6-by-30 or a 6-by-20 or even a 6-by-12 [and they] would have outperformed those six mats laying there because it is the wrong stuff.”

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To trap dirt and moisture, Kuhlman said a bi-level scraper is needed as dirt and water settle into the channels of the pattern on the mat.

“The idea is that whatever is on top of that wiper mat or that fiber mat, is going to get tracked into the facility and what I always tell [managers] is, ‘I need to remind you why you’re putting this thing down,’” he explained. “‘You’re putting this thing down to capture stuff, or at least localize the dirt in the first 20, 30 feet of the building, because if it gets farther inside the building, from a labor standpoint, it’s expensive to take that dirt back out of the building.”

The Price

Looking at pricing, to purchase a mat for the business to own can be a large upfront cost, but in the long term is it still cheaper to rent? Using a simple equation, Kuhlman broke down the price of renting a mat versus buying.

A 3-by-5 mat is 15-square-feet.
15 x $.20 rent for a week = $3 per week
$3 x 52 weeks in a year = $56

To purchase a 3-by-5 Waterhog bi-level mat from M + A Matting would run a business $119 per mat. Kuhlman mentioned that their permanent bi-level mats can last around eight to 10 years whereas with renting that $56 annual pricetag will be spent each year. In eight years, a business can spend $448 for just one mat, almost four times the cost of buying.

Kuhlman also noted that while paying $56, businesses still wouldn’t be using the right floor mat to keep soil and water off of their floors and therefore wouldn’t be saving themselves money in cleaning and labor costs.

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Powell Can Help

Ask your Powell Sales Specialist for a free audit of your facility to ensure you are ready for the winter weather. Your Sales Specialist can help make sure you have the most efficient matting that will help to keep your facility protected and clean.

Call us at 1-800-472-0039 and we can help.

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