16-Dec-20 | Tips & Tricks

How to Prepare Your Business for Winter

Winter Floor Mats

Winter is here and with it harsh weather. Mud, water and salt will be lining our streets but you can prevent it from entering your business and improve your brand image following a few easy steps.

The entrance of any building provides an opportunity for companies to make a good first impression on visitors, customers and potential employees, especially during the winter months when the weather is cold or wet outside. It is also the area, which will prevent the harsh winter weather entering the rest of your office space and provide you with the chance to stop the outdoor elements from damaging your flooring.

What is the Best Outdoor Mat for Winter?

The best outdoor doormat for this winter should be resilient, easy to wash and large enough to be practical. You can also use this opportunity to strengthen your brand image. Choose the right colours and materials, or create a custom entrance mat that features your logo or welcome message for a more memorable customer experience.

If you need some heavy-duty mats only seasonally then consider investing in themed outdoor mats to add a festive look to your office without it being overbearing or tacky.

Front door mats provide excellent protection for your internal floors by reducing the amount of dirt, moisture and grit taken into premises. Winter proof outdoor doormats will look after your floors and reduce the need for frequent cleaning during this season.

All Weather Rubber Floor Mats

There are many materials used to make outdoor and indoor mats. Heavy-duty doormats are available in a variety of backing but rubber will outlast any other material. Rubber outdoor doormats will not hold onto moisture (you don’t want that mouldy mildew) but will act as your first line of defence for keeping out mud and muck.

Consider the footfall when choosing entrance mats, as this part of the building will be the busiest and you should plan your mats accordingly. Rubber matting is the perfect material, especially when deployed as a wider matting system.

Absorbent Indoor Mats For Winter

Some moisture is bound to get in, no matter how good your outdoor mat is. Keeping another doormat inside the hallway to wipe wet shoes is a great way to keep the bad weather from tracking into your whole office, shop or restaurant. At Mats Nationwide, we specialise in helping customers find absorbent doormats, that will hold on to large amounts of moisture and prevent a wider spread of damp, as well as reducing slip risks.

How Do You Clean Washable Mats?

To ensure that your doormats stay clean and tidy its best to invest in washable doormats, which you can regularly clean, especially during the winter. Rubber mats are very easy to maintain and can be lifted and the contents swept from underneath and they will withstand a jet wash too, keeping them pristine.

Non-slip, highly absorbent entrance mats are perfect for reception, gym and restaurant and other areas with high traffic and are very easy to maintain. They will require a good shake out from time to time or a hoover when they are dry to collect up all the dirt and dust captured at your entrances.

Made to Measure Washable Door Mats

Most doormats are 3ft x 5ft or 4ft x 6ft, however, depending on the needs of your business and design preferences you may want to consider custom made to measure doormats. The possibilities are endless should you choose Mats Nationwide as your supplier as we construct made to measure doormats specifically for your space. Choose from a variety of styles, materials, colours and backing so that your bespoke washable product ticks all the boxes.

Winter Floor Mat Cleaning Tips

We have provided some additional tips and advice to follow to keep your floor mats in tip-top condition this winter. Cleanliness has never been more important with the global pandemic still spreading, and so washable winter mats will not only help to keep things clean and tidy but restore confidence in visitors that your organisation cares about keeping things clean.

Sweep the Salt Away

Salt is about to line our streets to minimise slipping, but you don’t want it in your business area. Road salt can scratch and permanently damage even the toughest of hardwood finishes. We suggest sweeping or vacuuming your floor often and at the very least daily.

Carpet Cleaning

If your workplace contains carpets, you might need to consider deep cleaning it once every two weeks or every week depending on its condition. Floor mats will help reduce the carpet cleaning bill by collecting much of the dirt and damp upon entrance to the building, reducing overall cleaning costs and helping to make carpeting last longer. Have a read of our 6 tips on cleaning entrances mats here.

Additional Tips

Wet weather can be particularly troublesome. To prevent your customers from flooding your workplace with unwanted moisture set aside a place for damp items such as umbrellas and wet coats.

Salt, dirt and water can easily bring unwanted stains and damage to your floors. Investing in a few doormats and flowing our list of easy ways to keep the cold weather out of your office will ensure your workplace will look great all winter long.

Prepare your business for the winter months ahead with a purchase from Mats Nationwide. With FREE UK wide delivery available and some products dispatched Next Day, you can get floors protected before the next bout of bad weather arrives. If you have tired looking winter floor mats that aren’t standing up to the test, please do get in touch and we will be happy to help.