4 Tips on how to keep your floor mats in place
This is a common question asked by commercial and residential users every day, so we've put together 4 tips on how to stop the 'creeping' and instead get you mat 'sleeping' in one place (i.e. not to move)!
Movement occurs regardless of size. You'd expect extra-large items or runners to be the culprit, however, it’s often the smaller ones that are the worst and display the most drifting, so let’s consider the following options.
1 - Quality Of Floor Mats And Rubber Backing
Before we talk about products that you can purchase to reduce displacement, we first need to consider the quality of matts and the backing used as this is often where the problem arises.
If you are reading these tips prior to purchasing matting, great as tips 1 and 2 discuss how to buy the best product for your business.
Quite often cheaper products have a lightweight backing that can increase the risk of roaming. Floor mats with the least amount of movement are often heavy duty and rubber backed made with nitrile (a premium rubber, popular in commercial and industrial environments). This particular backing is strong, flexible and lies flat when in situation so in turn reduces movement and creeping. Borders remain flat and will not 'flick' or ‘curl’. What's even better is that it’s washable so often these items can be machine washed and still revert back to their firm flat position. That's music to our ears!
2 - Carpeted Or Hard Floors
It’s important when buying mats to consider your floor type and the backing options available. Made to measure products are often tailored to the floor type so full gripper nodule would be ordered for carpet and flat for hard floors. Again following on from tip 1, the backing should be rubber, which most commercial manufacturers will use when manufacturing.
The correct backing acts as an anchor and really holds the product in place. Most 'stocked' or 'off the shelf' products usually come with what's known as a 'universal backing', designed to suit both carpeted and tiled or hard floors, however if you find there is still slight movement with the universal option you may need to apply a secondary product such as an anti-slip rug underlay which we go on to discuss next. Alternatively, we would advise going down the custom route and order a unique backing.
3 - What's Lurking Under Your Matts?
The next issue we often find is that when floor matting is purchased it’s often rolled out and placed immediately in the designated entrance or reception area. If this location has not been cleaned prior to the grand placing the dry dust, dirt and flecks of grit hide under the mat can often act like mini wheels, causing extreme wandering! We always recommend cleaning entry areas thoroughly before positioning in place.
4 - Underlay
If you have exhausted all the above options and you still have movement we would recommend purchasing a non-slip underlay. There are two types to choose from, one for carpet and the other for hard areas.
Grip tape or grip underlay can be applied to the back of mats to go onto carpet, and sticky pad underlay for tiled or hard surfaces. Simply position to the back and place on the floor.