Is having a mat really important to us? Learn how useful mats can be and prepare to be surprised.
Cleanliness is one of the most coveted and important thing for everybody. When customers choose a restaurant, cleanliness ranks at the top for fast-food destinations. (Restaurants & Institutions, 1994). And when asked, “What’s the first thing you look at when judging cleanliness?” the most popular first response of consumers was “Floors” (42%). (CDI Research, 1991). Hence, a doormat or an entrance mat can keep your entrances clean by trapping the dirt and preventing it from tracking inside the building.
However, keeping these floor clean can be costly as well and it is estimated that 90% of building maintenance cost is labor.” (Cleaning Management). 39% of all custodial time is devoted to floor care maintenance. (National Executive Housekeepers Association) while proper matting alone can save approximately 200 labor hours in the average home per year. (Mr. Don Aslett, America’s #1 Cleaning Expert). Hence, it very vital to choose an entrance mat that can successfully stop the data from tracking inside as “A dollar spent keeping soil out of a building will save 10 dollars in removing the soil once it’s inside.” (Cleaning & Maintenance Management).
Up to 24 pounds of dirt can be tracked in by just 1,000 people coming through an entrance over a 20-day work period. (ISSA). While the estimated cost of removing a single pound of dirt from a modern building can exceed $600. (International Sanitary Supply Association). Judging by this data, we can spend up to 21,600$ in removing dirt in a month from a modern building that has a traffic of up to 1000 people.
Without entrance matting, 1,500 people can remove 42% of the finish from the floor. (3M). 30% of the dirt tracked in is trapped in the first 3 feet of a typical mat, 85% of the dirt gets trapped within a 15-foot length of typical matting. (ISSA). Hence having an entrance mat is very important for keeping the dirt from tracking inside the building and trapping the dirt effectively without incurring the huge costs of cleaning up the flooring.