This is a revision to a post with an original publish date of September 16, 2013.
Why absorbent floor matting is a smart business decision
Purchasing absorbent mats for your business is a smart investment that will pay off in the form of a cleaner, safer workplace. No matter how hard you try to prevent it, spills are bound to happen.
If your business uses oils, coolants or solvents, then laying out absorbent mats in appropriate locations will help keep your workplace safe in the event of a spill. In fact, they can also help your facility comply with OSHA requirements for keeping floors in a clean and dry condition.
Hard-wearing industrial mats work in many flooring situations. Just a few examples include building entrances or walkways. As runners in office environments, they help protect carpet in high foot traffic areas. To keep storage spaces dry, place them alongside pallets or shelving. They are also ideal around machinery and equipment, or underneath vehicles.
But with so many different types of mats available, how do you know which one to choose? As a starting point, here’s some information about the differences between absorbent floor mat options to help you decide.
Absorbent mats vs. absorbent pads or rolls
Similar names, but there are big differences between absorbent mat pad/rolls and absorbent mats for floors. As a basic explanation, think of temporary or disposable versus semi-permanent applications. Pads and rolls are typically thrown away after one use, just like absorbent pillows and absorbent socks.
Meant for quick response, the purpose of pads and rolls is cleaning up spills. These products are usually light to medium weight and offer fast wicking absorbency. They often come in bulk dispenser boxes and have different colors to indicate their purpose. Gray color universal pads are for all liquids, yellow is hazmat/chemical absorbent, and white is oil spills.
Both types of absorbent products have their uses in the workplace. But for the following, we’ll explore heavy-duty mats for semi-permanent flooring applications. That is to say, not meant for one-time use such as cleaning up, or, spill control.
What type of chemicals will your floor mats come into contact with?
Oils can be very slippery on concrete floors which is dangerous for truck wheels and general safety. Battery acid leaks are another common workplace hazard that can permanently damage floor surfaces and require expensive repairs. Even shelving or storage areas that house machinery, chemicals, liquid cleaning products or other fluids pose potential leak risks. In all these scenarios, absorbent matting can easily address and protect your facility from stains, slips and more.
If you haven’t done so already, you should identify the type of chemicals used in your workplace. Using this information, you’ll be able to choose a mat that’s tailored towards your unique site needs.
For instance, some companies may use oil absorbent mats. Others will prefer universal floor mats capable of absorbing oil, coolants, solvents and even water. The versatile survivor camouflage mat is a popular option that offers universal absorbency. It not only keeps floors dry, but disguises floor grime too.
Identifying which chemicals are present at your location means you can choose a mat accordingly.
Opt for heavy-weight mat materials
Another key area for selecting the right absorbent floor mat is its construction material. Cheap, low-grade materials will result in faster wear and tear, forcing you to shell out more money to replace them. On the other hand, absorbent mats built with professional-grade materials will offer you many years of use.
The Industrial Rug Rag Mat‘s construction features recycled polypropylene along with acrylic materials. Both create an exceptionally strong and durable combination that’s perfect for high-traffic work areas. This mat is also considered “universal,” meaning it’s able to absorb oil, coolants, solvents and water.
Investing in a high quality mat for your site helps minimize the worries of potential slip hazards, as well as floor surface damage. Look closely at product information and specifications. Ideally, choose floor mats with non-penetrable backing and non-skid properties.
The bottom line is that you need to choose an absorbent mat made with materials capable of both withstanding foot traffic and absorbing chemical spills.
Consider your matting location
Determine where you plan on using your new absorbent mat before making a purchase. Will you place mats inside, on factory floors, with exposure to foot and vehicle traffic? Or, do you require a weatherproof mat you can use for outside applications? These may seem like basic questions, but will help insure you pick the right product for the right place.
For outdoor environments, ground protection matting can help prevent damage or contamination to soil and grass. Because they are both washable and re-usable, ground mats make a convenient and cost effective solution for a variety of industries, from construction to event planners and caterers.
Railroad track mats are another specialty oil absorbent mat option for outdoor use around or below rail cars. An absorbent surface and non-penetrable backing means you can confidently use both of these outdoor mat products against ground polluting leaks.
It’s not uncommon for factories and industrial businesses to place mats underneath vehicles or machines to protect against hydraulic fluids, oils and battery acids. For this particular instance, forklift mats are the ideal choice to maximize your level of protection. Much like the previously mentioned Industrial Rug Rag, forklift mats also use polypropylene for its superior oil absorbent and protection capabilities.
In addition, the Forklift mat features a non-skid bottom, allowing for a stronger grip to the floor. Vehicle operators can safely drive over the mat without worrying about it shifting around.
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When it comes to mats for your workplace floors, you can be sure you’ll find a great selection and a great price at AbsorbentsOnline.com. While you’re there, why not take a look at our other useful workplace spill containment and clean up response products. From shop rag or towel wipers, to spill berms, spill kits and more – we’ve got you covered! And don’t forget about other floor safety and comfort products, like stair treads and anti-fatigue mats.