Our brand new Logo Mats are now available!

As matting goes, it doesn’t get much more exciting than Logo Mats. We are super excited here at Mats4U, because our Logo mats just got EVEN BETTER than ever before!

So, what makes them so exciting and unique?

Excellent Colour Fastness

Our new Logo Mats use a new continuous filament PET yarn, instead of the traditional Nylon yarn that all other Logo Mats on the market use. This new PET material has incredible stain resistant and better UV resistance in comparison to Nylon. They are fully launderable and the colours will remain vibrant after washes.

The image below shows the results of a stain test carried out, comparing the stain resistance of our PET material against the traditional Nylon material. The stain was created using Kool-Aid, perceived to be the most staining drink in the world. The stain was allowed to set for 5 days and was washed in the same way with each material.

Logo Mat Stain Resistance test

Logo Mat Material Stain Resistance Test Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Performance

Our new Logo Mats have even better moisture and dirt retention than before. Our previous Logo Mats had 700g/m of yarn, the new mats have 900g/m. That’s an extra 200g/m, which means the mat face will hold on to even more dirt, to avoid it being tracked around your premises. This helps to keep your premises both cleaner and safer!

State of the art printing capabilities

We now have the ability to print high definition images, using a variety of the 60 available colours – that’s twice the amount of colours to choose from!Logo Mat Colour Chart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environmentally friendly

To top it all off, these new Logo Mats are better for the environment! The yarn of the mat is made from 50% post consumer recycled content from plastic bottles, and the nitrile rubber base contains 6% recycled rubber content.

So, basically, our new Logo Mats are better at removing dirt, have a wider choice of more vibrant colours that won’t stain AND they are better for the environment. What more could you ask for?!

How do you order a Logo Mat?

View our new logo mats on the Mats4U website, then simply send us your artwork with any additional printing instructions using the logo mat order form. You will receive a proof of how the mat will look for you to approve or make changes to. When you’re happy we proceed to print the mat and have it delivered to you in as little as 7-10 days.

If you would like any advice on which mat to choose, then one of our team of mat experts is on hand to help you. Call us today on 0121 313 4748 and soon you will have a logo mat that will leave your visitors with a positive first impression of your business.

Lagune Bare Foot Mats from Mats4U

We are pleased to announce that our popular Lagune Bare Foot Mats are now available in smaller packs, for your convenience. The Lagune tiles are now available in packs of 25, which will cover an area of one square metre. This means that they can be used for small areas, such as inside or outside a bath or shower.

Our Lagune Bare Foot matting tiles are interlocking modular mats for use in wet areas, that provide comfort underfoot for bare feet. They have been treated with an anti-bacterial additive to protect against the growth and spread of bacteria, fungus and germs and also to prevent odours. The interlocking system allows the tiles to be assembled in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit any area such as showers, toilets, locker rooms and around swimming pools.

These Lagune Bare Foot Mats can help to stop slips, improve hygiene and provide comfort in bare foot wet areas of leisure facilities.

Lagune is available to purchase on the Mats4U website, with fast, free UK delivery. Click here to order yours now. Alternatively, if you would like some help choosing the right wet area mats, or any other matting for that matter, please contact us on0121 313 6748or sales@mats4u.co.uk. Our friendly advisors will be more than happy to help you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why use Gym Floor Matting?

Gym Floor Matting

The floor is often one of the last things you think about when kitting out your new gym. The lure of the latest gym equipment or reaching those workout goals will most likely be at the forefront of your mind. Whether you own a commercial gym or have a smaller set up at home, there are many reasons why having the right flooring and using Gym Floor Matting is an important consideration, not to be overlooked.

 

Safety First Stop Slips and Falls

Effective Gym Floor Matting is designed to give the right amount of traction underfoot. First and foremost, it should help reduce the risk of slips. Secondly, it should not offer too much grip, as this would make it difficult to move freely over the surface whilst you work out.

Slips often result from moisture underfoot caused by sweat or spillages from drinks for example. Gym Floor Matting will offer some protection against this due to the textured surface. Spillages are easily cleaned by simply wiping with a cloth or a mop.

Uneven floor can also cause trips and falls. Most gym matting will contour to the floor and provide a safer surface underfoot.

Of course, not all falls can be totally avoided. If a fall does occur, Gym Floor Matting should give more cushioning than if you were to fall on a hard, concrete floor for example.

 

Protect your joints and reduce injury

Fatigue areas on body

Cushioned flooring prevents fatigue on the joints and helps reduce injury

As we have just mentioned, Gym Floor Matting gives a level of cushioning which is far superior to that offered by most hard floors, such as concrete which gives no cushioning at all. Reducing the impact on joints is important for the health of our bodies. Fatigue will also be reduced which helps prevent injury.

Protect your flooring

The use of heavy weights and gym equipment can easily damage most flooring types. The cost of repairing this damage far outweighs the investment in having proper gym floor matting installed in the first place. Remember, prevention is almost always better than cure.

 

Looking good

Gyms are naturally very image conscious places. The floor needn’t be ignored and most Gym Floor Matting will give your gym a very professional look. Many mats are modular, meaning they can be linked together to cover the entire workout area and can even be cut to fit around equipment or obstacles.

Bevelled safety edging, if required, can be added to the tiles to give a nice aesthetic finish and reduce trips and falls as people transition on and off the mats.

 

What next?

Mats4U sell a range of Gym Floor Matting and Edging which can be viewed on our website. If you would like further advice on the right gym matting for your set up, please contact us on 0121 313 6748 or email sales@mats4u.co.uk and well be happy to help.

Why Use Playground Safety Matting?

As the summer months approach, playgrounds and parks will soon be flooded with excitable children who cant wait to get on the swings, slides and climbing frames. Playground safety matting is a great and easy way to keep children protected from falls in playgrounds, and offers peace of mind to parents.

Without using playground safety matting, the ground beneath play equipment can get very muddy and slippery, and become very hard and compacted, both of which can be dangerous for children playing at height and moving from one piece of equipment to another.

Playground safety mats are modular mats that can be pieced together and cut around any play equipment to make any shape and size. The tiles are flexible so they also contour to the ground beneath.

Playground safety matting around equipmentCritical Fall Height

To ensure that mats are safe to be used in play areas, and protect children from falls, they should have been fully tested for the BS outdoor play standards (BS EN1177 Critical Fall Height). Our Outdoor Activity Mat Tiles on Mats4U have been tested to this standard, and have a critical fall height of 3m (dependent on things such as soil type, moisture levels and grass growth). The mat tiles also have a non slip surface, to prevent children from slipping, especially if it has been raining or their is dew present.

Ground Protection

Not only do playground safety mats protect people, particularly children, they also protect the grass and the ground beneath. Grass growing through playground safety mattingThe mat tiles have holes which allows the mat to grow through, and they can even be mowed once the grass is long enough.

Next Steps…

We hope this has helped you to understand the benefits of using playground safety matting. If you would like any further advice, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0121 313 6748 or sales@mats4u.co.uk and we will be more than happy to help you.

 

 

Where and when to use Roll Matting

Leisure wet area roll mat

There are traditionally three groups of mats: Standard size mats, Modular mats and Roll mats. Each have their pros and cons depending on for what purpose and where they are used. In this blog, we explore the use of roll matting, to help you make the right decision when choosing mats for your own requirements.

Types of roll matting

Just as there are different groups of mats, there are also different types of mats within these groups. The most common types of roll mats are as follows:

  1. Anti-slip roll mats

Designed to help prevent slips in areas at risk of low traction, such as wet, greasy or oily areas.

  1. Anti-fatigue roll mats

For use in areas where workers are standing or walking on hard floors for extended periods throughout the day. Anti-fatigue roll mats provide comfort underfoot to increase productivity.

  1. Dust control roll mats

These include entrance / barrier roll mats, which are designed to remove dirt and water to stop it spreading further around a building. Used at entrance areas or along corridors.

  1. Leisure roll mats

For wet areas to provide traction or comfort, such as around swimming pools, shower areas or changing rooms for example.

Supacoir Colours Coloured Coir Matting

Entrance roll matting designed to stop dirt and water

Why use roll matting?

As you will deduce from the various types of roll mats, there are several reasons why you would choose to use roll mats over other types of matting.

  1. Cover large runs

Roll mats are the ideal mat for this purpose, they can cover large runs quickly and easily. They are far more practical than putting several fixed size mats side by side, which may constitute a trip hazard. Tiles will achieve the same result, but take longer to assemble and tend to work out as a more expensive option.

  1. Choose your length

Roll mats can be cut to bespoke lengths, so that you get the exact length you require. They can also cover far larger lengths than most fixed size mats are able to.

  1. Floor protection

Roll mats are a good choice for protecting floors that may otherwise become damaged or worn, along corridors or production lines for example.

  1. Price

Roll mats are almost always the more cost-effective option to give you the most coverage in comparison to fixed size and modular mats.

Traction Tread Roll Mat for pickers

Roll mat used along a picking line

Where to use roll matting

There are countless options for where you may wish to use roll mats, so we’ve listed some of the more common uses below:

  1. Production lines
  2. Warehousing
  3. Walkways and corridors
  4. Entrance areas
  5. Kitchens
  6. Pool side
  7. Shower blocks
  8. Changing areas
  9. Behind bars
  10. Reception desks
  11. Production locations
  12. Laboratories
  13. Theatres

 

The limitations of roll matting

Roll matting used in external walkway

Roll matting used in an external walkway

Just as there are many reasons why you would want to choose roll matting, there are also times where it wont be the ideal solution. Fixed mats or modular mats may be better suited.

Roll mats are generally cut off a roll to the size you require and are unlikely to come with a factory finished edge. The edge may not be bevelled or it may fray depending on the material it is made of. Unbevelled edges may pose a trip hazard, so you may have to go with another mat group to overcome this.

Even though roll mats can be cut to bespoke lengths, they are not so friendly when it comes to the choice of widths. Most roll mats tend to come in a fixed width of 3 foot / 91cm which is fine for most cases, but not ideal for all.

Runs must be straight without curves or kinks. Roll mats don’t tend to bend well around obstacles, so you will find they kink or lift as a result, which can cause a trip hazard. If the run is straight, then you’re good to roll.

What to do next?

Hopefully we’ve helped you understand where and why you should be using roll matting. If you require any further information or have questions which haven’t been answered in this blog, please call our matting experts on 0121 313 6748 and well be happy to help.

If you’ve decided that roll mats are the right type of mat for you, then you can see a range of roll mats on our Mats4U website here.

New Klarna checkout added to Mats4U with option of buy now, pay later

Klarna Checkout on Mats4U

We’re please to announce that ordering your mats through the Mats4U website has just become even easier, with the launch of a new checkout process.

Powered by Klarna, the checkout should make the all too often over-complicated journey of adding your products to the basket and paying for them a straight-forward, frictionless process, whether you’re on a mobile or desktop computer.

We’re also excited to announce the introduction of a buy now, pay later option which will be offered to certain customers. So, if you haven’t got the time to find your card details, or if you’d rather see the goods arrive first before parting with your money, this is all made possible in what we believe to be a first for the matting industry.

So what are you waiting for? Go check it out!

Mats for Warehouses – What to choose and why?

Vynagrip Floor Protection Mat used in warehouse

Many of our customers ask us to help them choose the right matting for use in their warehousing. With hundreds of mats available for sale, each claiming to be better than the other, it can be difficult to choose correctly. In this blog, we aim to educate you to choose the right mats for warehouses and give you an idea about the various areas where you would use such matting and why.

Workstation Mats

Used in areas where a worker stands in the same area for long periods of time throughout the day typically in front of their designated workstation.

Which mat to choose?

Anti-fatigue mats are a good choice as they help increase comfort and reduce worker fatigue brought on by standing for long periods on hard floors. The mat only needs to be a small size, perhaps between the sizes of 2x3ft and 3x5ft, as the person will not be moving around much.

 

RunnersWarehouse runner mat

Used in areas where people walk or move around in the same areas throughout the day. This may be along picking and packing lines or along racking for example.

Which mat to choose?

Anti-fatigue runners can literally be rolled out along the aisles to cover large runs easily and quickly. The mats don’t need to be as cushioned as workstation mats, because the workers are more mobile, so a rubber roll mat will be a good choice.

 

Non-Slip Safety Mats

Use non-slip safety mats in areas around the warehouse which require traction and are at risk of slips and falls, for example in wet or greasy areas.

Which mat to choose?

Look for a rubber mat with a tread top that will give good traction. A bi-level mat or one with drainage holes will ensure that the liquid will not sit on the level being stood on by the worker.

 

Dust control mats

Used to reduce dust being tracked into other areas of the warehouse or out of the warehouse into other areas of the building. A typical place to use a dust control mat is between the office and warehouse.

Which mat to choose?

Cotton mats and mats with a twisted loop pile are excellent at holding onto dust and fine dirt. For optimal dust and fine dirt removal, you can use more specialist mats such as tacky mats. Tacky mats have an adhesive surface which needs to be replaced or cleaned once soiled to remain effective.

 

Forklift Mats

The tyres of forklifts can bring a lot of dirt inside as they move goods in and out of the warehouse. Use these mats at your warehouse doors where forklifts and other wheeled traffic runs over them.

Which mat to choose?

Choose forklift mats which can take the weight of a loaded forklift without moving or becoming damaged. They need to be able to scrape and wipe the tyres of dirt and store the dirt until the mat can be cleaned at the end of the working day. Ensure you have the recommended length of forklift matting for it to be effective.

Mats for Forklift Trucks in Warehouses

Signage Mats

The walls are often full of signs, which unfortunately means that they are often ignored. The floor is the opposite and signage mats are a good way to get over important messages, warnings or directions for example.

Which mat to choose?

Choose a logo mat which will give a clear display of the message you’re trying to convey. The simpler the message, the better as you’ve only got a few seconds to make your point, so try not to over complicate things.

 

Floor Protection MatsVynagrip Floor Protection Mats for Warehouses

Used beneath heavy products, machinery or along walkways where the floor could become damaged or worn.

Which mat to choose?

For heavy products and machinery, you need a mat large enough to cover the size of whatever is being placed upon it and it needs to be able to take the load without crushing. Mats with rubber reinforced nubs or made from a dense compound make suitable floor protection mats. For walkways, you should choose a runner mat which will stand the test of time depending on how busy the area is. Choose a rubber backed mat for durability.

 

Additional Considerations

When choosing any of the mats for warehouses mentioned above you should also consider the following to check that the mat is suitable for your needs:

  • Is it a wet or dry area?

For wet areas, choose a mat with a good traction tread and a suitable backing that will not absorb the moisture. If the area is very wet, then choose a mat with flow through holes, so that the water flows away from the standing surface.

 

  • Are chemicals or grease involved?

Mats are made from many different types of materials, some of which may be negatively affected by grease or chemicals. Nitrile rubber mats are a good choice for resilience to most grease and chemicals. If you use very aggressive or specialist chemicals which may contact the mat, it is better to seek a chemical compatibility chart or talk with a mat specialist.

 

  • Are electrics involved?

ESD mats help to discharge electric and can protect sensitive equipment. Conductive mats help to protect the operator from electric shocks. Mats have different ESD ratings, so be sure to check yours is suitable.

 

We hope that this blog has made it easier for you to choose the right mats for warehouses. You can view the Industrial and Commercial Mats section on the Mats4U website for suitable mats mentioned in this blog. If you are still unsure or have any further questions, then were happy to help you. Call us on 0121 313 6748 for more advice on mats for warehouses.

Where and Why to Use Coir Matting

Coir matting has been a go-to favourite for entrance matting for many years. Coir is not necessarily ideal in all situations though, so here we give you the low down on our opinion of where, when and why you should use coir matting as your choice of entrance matting.

Mat Wells

Coir matting is ideal for mat wells or recesses, because it is available to purchase in a variety of different depths, to fit the depth of your well or recess. Coir mats can also be easily cut to size with a sharp Stanley knife, making them great for unusual sizes.


Scraping

The texture of coir matting means that it has good scraping and wiping properties, particularly at the start of the mats life. The fibres will scrape and wipe dirt and water from the footwear, to stop the dirt from entering your building.


Low Foot Traffic

Coir Matting Scraping FibresIf your premises only have a small number of people coming in and out, so a low level of foot traffic, then coir matting may be ideal for you. In high foot traffic areas coir will wear much quickly and a worn path may begin to appear on the matting.

You also need to be aware that if you have wheeled traffic coming in and out of your building, such as wheelchairs and trollies, then coir matting will not be suitable as it falls foul of the Disability Discrimination Act.

Budget

If you are looking for matting on a budget, coir matting can be a good choice. Coir has a very low price point and you can probably even pick up a coir door mat from your local supermarket or hardware store for a couple of quid. Cheap doesn’t always mean good quality however and coir mats vary consdierably in this regard. Be sure to check the quality of the mat yourself before buying or seek assurances, in the form of a guarantee for example, so that you are not quickly disappointed.

We hope that this gives you a better idea as to whether coir matting is a suitable choice for your entrance matting. However, we are always happy to help you and advise on alternative options if required. Please feel free to contact us on 0121 313 6748, between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday or drop us an email at sales@mats4u.co.uk

Exciting Modular Entrance Mat System arrives at Mats4U

Waterhog Classic Modular Tile

Look out, the entrance matting market is about to get exciting. It’s not often we have to issue such warnings in an industry that, lets face it, isn’t quite as fast paced as, errrm lets say, Motorsport, but today we feel it’s only right.

No longer do we have to be a slave to the same old standard sizes of mat that fit in more with how the manufacturers work rather than what we need.

Mats Salesman

There are many matting systems out there nowadays which can be made to custom lengths. There are even some which allow you to do both a custom length and width. However, there are very few that can compare with what a modular system can offer you. Prepare to be thrilled.

Waterhog Classic Modular Tiles are a Modular Entrance Mat System and link together to fit any shape or size of area, whether it be a long run you need to cover, a wide concourse or perhaps you have an entrance in the shape of a dodecahedrane(?) A modular entrance mat system will handle them all and is far more flexible than standard entrance mats for the following reasons:

  • Each tile measures 45x45cm (18 x 18 inches) and can be linked together to fit any shape or size of area.
  • Tiles can be laid and cut flush to the wall, so that you have a wall to wall entrance mat system. Otherwise edging can be fitted around the perimeter of the mat size or shape you choose.
  • If you have an existing well or recess, the tiles can be cut to fit into this.
  • Got a pesky object in the way, such as a pillar or a wall? Simply cut the tile to fit around this.
  • Once laid, tiles can be repositioned, added or removed. So, if you’ve just realised that you don’t actuallyknow what a dodecahedron is, then you can make up for your error and have more or less matting as required.

Modular Entrance Mat System

Traditional bespoke systems, such as metal entrance matting systems, are extremely costly. They typically require an installation team to fit and you will need to close off the entrance whilst the work is done. Who needs an entrance anyway though right? To avoid this inconvenience, if you can do the simplest of jigsaws, then you can fit Waterhog Classic Modular Tiles yourself. The system requires very little downtime and no installation fees.

Traditional Waterhog Entrance mats have been trusted for use in high foot traffic entrances for decades. When it comes to stopping dirt and water, these tiles match the unrivalled performance of Waterhog mats and they are just as durable. If a tile did become damaged or worn, they have the added advantage that it can simply be lifted and replaced with a fresh one.

Entrance mats may not excite you as much as they excite us, and we can’t say we blame you, but hopefully we’ve convinced you to find out a little bit more about how these mats can benefit your business.

You can view more information on Waterhog Modular Classic Tiles Modular Entrance Mat System on our website here. If you would like a free sample, or have any questions about these mats, simply contact us today and well be more than happy to help.

Rubber Vs. EVA Stable Mats

Stable mats or horse mats are a great solution to providing a comfortable and warm bed and/or standing surface for your horses and other livestock, as well as saving time and money on cleaning and bedding.

Stable mats are usually made from either rubber or EVA (Ethylene vinyl acetate) but the question is which material is best? Here we aim to give you the rundown of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of stable mat, to help you choose the best solution for you and your horses.

Cost & Value

EVA stables mats are generally cheaper than traditional rubber stable mats, because the EVA foam is made from man-made materials, in contrast with solid rubber stable mats that contain a high percentage of natural, costly materials.

EVA Stable Mats

EVA Interlocking Stable Mat

Handling & Transportation

EVA stable mats are approximately one fifth of the weight of a traditional rubber stable mat, which makes them easier to lift and move for cleaning and for transportation. EVA mats are made from a composite of both foam and rubber, this is what makes them much lighter than solid rubber stable mats. They are also more comfortable for your horse, reducing the need for any bedding at all.

Rubber stable mats, however, can be bonded and sealed to the floor, to provide a water tight surface. This eliminates the need to move the mats for cleaning underneath.

Rubber Stable Mats

Hammer Top Rubber Stable Mat

EVA mats are not suitable for bonding or sealing.

Durability

Solid rubber stable matting has been used for many years, and are well known for being extremely hard wearing, long lasting and durable. You can expect a solid rubber stable mat to last 15 years or more with normal equestrian use.

The lifetime of an EVA stable mat will be shorter than a solid rubber mat, however they should still last at least 5 years with normal usage.

So, EVA or Rubber?

The modern EVA stable mats are cheaper, lighter and comfier than traditional rubber stable mats. However, rubber stable mats have been tried and tested in equestrian environments for many years.

EVA stable mats are best suited for light to medium weight horses or ponies and in stables with flat floors with no central drain. For heavier horses and for stables that have an uneven surface, we would recommend using solid rubber mats, which are longer lasting and also slightly more flexible.

If you need helping choosing stable mats, or any other types of matting for that matter, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0121 313 6748, sales@mats4u.co.uk or via live chat.

 

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