How is a Mats4U Heavy Duty Logo Mat made?

Ever wondered how a Logo Mat makes it from a design to an actual floor mat?

We thought we’d share the epic journey that it goes through before being laid on your floor, proudly displaying your logo or brand.

Logo Mat Proof

Design

The first stage of making any logo mat, is the design of the mat. You provide the logo and an idea of the colours you would like used, and the designers will do the rest. You will then be provided with a digital proof of how the mat will look.

If you are happy with the proof, then the process of making your logo mat begins. If you’d like to make any changes to the colours or the layout, that’s fine! You can make as many changes to the design as you like before the mat starts being made.

Logo Mat machine

The Mat Face

The face of your logo mat will always start as a plain carpet.

The carpet is made from a PET yarn that contains 50% post-consumer recycled content.

This new and innovative PET material makes the mat extremely stain resistant and UV resistant compared with nylon yarn. PET yarn also has great dirt retention and absorption.

Printing
Logo Mat Printer

Now for the really exciting bit, where your mat starts it’s journey through our state of the art, high definition printer!

This is where the design is printed onto the mat face using dye that can print up to 60 different colours.

The dye will print all the way to the base of the fabric, to ensure that the colours remain vibrant, even in high traffic areas.

Each mat will spend around one hour on average going through the printing and drying process on this machine.

Once the mat reaches the end of it’s journey through the printer, it is printed, dry and ready to be backed.

Logo Mat Backing

Backing

The mat face is backed onto a heavy duty nitrile rubber by hand and then put through a very hot oven to mould the rubber backing to the carpet.

Once the mats have cooled down, the edges are then trimmed to perfection before they are packaged up and sent to their new home – all in just 7-10 working days!

So there it is…the journey of a logo mat from start to finish.

See our video below to see the whole process in action.

Want your very own Logo Mat?

Get the ball rolling and request your free proof from Mats4U today by completing the Logo Mat Order Form. Alternatively, if you would like some advice or have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us on 0121 313 6748 or email sales@mats4u.co.uk. We are available Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and would be more than happy to help.

How do I stop my mat moving on carpet?

 

We often get customers looking for mats to lay on carpets, whether that’s at a carpeted entranceway, in a corridor, or even placed at a bedside. One of the main concerns of our customers when placing matting on a carpet, is mat movement.

Why do mats move on carpets?

Mats move and creep on carpets due to the carpet pile beneath them – they will naturally move in the direction that the carpet pile is moving below. As the weight of someone walking on the matting transfers through the mat and to the carpet underneath, the carpet pile will move and therefore the matting will naturally move with it. This means, the longer and plusher the carpet pile, the more liable a mat is to creep, as the carpet pile beneath the mat will have move movement.

How can you prevent mat movement on carpets?

Here are several things that you can put in place to prevent your mat moving on carpet:

1. Choose a mat with a non-slip rubber backing

A non-slip rubber backing may not eliminate mat movement on a carpet, especially if the carpet pile is on the thicker side. It will, however, help to prevent the mat from slipping underfoot and help to reduce the amount of movement that occurs.

2. Choose a mat with a gripper or claw type backing

Gripper Back for Carpets

With some types of mat, you will get to choose whether it comes with a flat backing or a gripper/claw/cleated backing. If you are placing your mat on a carpet, select gripper backing. The grippers on the back of the mat will help the mat to grip on to the carpet pile, to prevent the mat from moving and creeping.

How effective a gripper backing is will depend on the length and thickness of the carpet pile. If the carpet is particularly plush, the only answer may to be use an underlay

3. Use a non-skid underlay underneath the mat

Mat Underlay for Carpets

If your mat still moves with a non-slip gripper backing, the next step is to try non-skid underlay, which can be cut to size and placed between the mat and the carpet.

This is a relatively inexpensive solution and, more often than not, an effective one. Make sure that you cut the underlay at least 5cm / 2 inches shorter than the total size of the mat to ensure that the edges of your mat don’t lift, which can cause a trip hazard.

What should you do next?

One of our bestselling mats, Tri Grip Heavy Duty, is available in a gripper backing to prevent movement on carpets. As well as this, our Teebaud Non-Skid Underlay is a great solution.

If you wish to purchase them, simply head over to the Mats4U website. Alternatively, if you require any further help, please call us on 0121 313 6748 or email us at sales@mats4u.co.uk and we will be more than happy to help you.

Using Tacky Mats in Hospitals for Infection Control

Controlling the spread of infection in hospitals is of paramount importance to keep them as clean and safe for patients, staff, and visitors as possible. Germs and bacteria can be prevented from spreading with proper hand washing and sanitisation. However, have you thought about the floors?

We have several customers who are using Tacky Mats to prevent the spread of infection in their hospitals, particularly in theatres and laboratories.

What are Tacky Mats?

Tacky Mats have peelable layers for continued dirt and dust removal

Tacky Mats are a specialist type of mat that have a tacky / sticky, adhesive surface. The sticky layer helps to remove and collect fine particles of dirt and dust from the bottoms of shoes, to prevent them from being tracked into sensitive areas and to avoid contamination.

They are used to help obtain a dirt free and sanitary environment, to help prevent the spread of infection from contamination.

Tacky Mats have multiple, replaceable sticky layers that can be peeled away and disposed of once they are worn, to reveal a new fresh layer for continued dirt and dust removal.

Why use Tacky Mats in Hospitals?

With staff and visitors coming into the hospital from outdoors, and travelling between wards and rooms, infection could be being spread on the bottom of footwear. Tacky Mats at the entrances to theatres, laboratories, or other sensitive areas, will help capture fine dirt and dust going in and out of these areas, to prevent contamination throughout different areas of the hospital.

If some of the areas of the hospital have heavy dirt and debris, or wet floors, you can use a Dual Tacky Mat. This has a carpeted mat on one end of the mat, which will scrape and wipe heavy dirt and water from shoes, and then the tacky mat at the other end which will remove the fine dirt and dust.

What should you do next?

If you’d like to go ahead and order, you can find Tacky Mats for hospitals on our website. We also have a comprehensive range of other types of matting that are suitable for hospitals.

If you require any further information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 0121 313 6748 or emailing sales@mats4u.co.uk. We will be more than happy to help answer any questions that you may have about all things mats!

Waterhog mats vs Traditional Entrance mats – The key differences explained

In this blog we aim to show you the difference in performance between Waterhog mats vs traditional entrance mats, so that you can decide for yourself which you should buy. We have also put together a video which clearly demonstrates the differences, so if you prefer watching over reading, simply click on the video link below right now.

 

Mat construction

Waterhog mats are bi-level, because they have an upper and lower surface. The upper level scrapes and wipes as it is walked over. The lower level collects and stores dirt and water below the walking surface so that it cannot be walked through. Waterhog mats feature a dam system to prevent collected dirt and water flowing off the sides of the mat.

Traditional mats have a single level for scraping footwear and storing the dirt and water. This means that people walk through the collected dirt and water. There is no dam system so dirt and water can spill off the edges of a saturated mat.

Construction: Waterhog mats vs Traditional Entrance mats

Bi-Level and Traditional Mat Construction

Dirt and moisture removal

The Waterhog bi-level system has crushproof reinforced rubber nubs which are very effective at scraping and wiping to remove dirt and moisture from footwear. The upper level wipes and scrapes the footwear and the lower level collects and stores the removed dirt and moisture. The importance of this is that when subsequent people walk over the mat, they will not be walking through the dirt and moisture which means it stays on the mat rather than being tracked off the mat and into the building.

Especially important in inclement weather, the Waterhog dam system will hold onto up to 6.5 litres moisture per square metre. This stops it spilling off the sides of the mat, keeping your surrounding floors clean and dry.

Traditional entrance mats have a nylon pile which also scrapes and wipes footwear. The problem is that the dirt and moisture is stored on the same level that is being walked on. This results in people walking through it and means the dirt and water will be tracked off the mat leaving dirt and a potential slip hazard on surrounding floors.

The problem is greatly exacerbated in inclement weather as, without a dam system, the mat cannot hold onto the moisture and so it spills off the sides and end of the mat, inevitably causing a slip hazard.

Ineffective mats do not hold onto water creating a slip hazard

Ineffective mats do not hold onto water creating a slip hazard

Movement

Waterhog entrance mats are rubber backed and have a lot more rubber content and weight in comparison to traditional mats. This means that they stay firmly in place when walked over.

Traditional mats often have a PVC / Vinyl backing which is prone to slipping on hard floors or, if rubber backed, they usually have a lot less weight, so are more easily rucked up or moved. This can result in a trip and fall hazard.

 

Colour and size choice

At Mats4U, we supply Waterhog mats in 3 standard colours and a wide range of standard sizes. Custom shapes and sizes can be achieved by choosing modular or roll options, which means Waterhog can be used to fit any shape or size of area.

Traditional entrance mats can be found in many colours and custom sizes as they are often supplied in rolls up to a maximum width of a couple of metres and in lengths up to 10m or more. This should suit most requirements, but doesn’t allow for totally custom shapes and sizes which can only be achieved with a modular matting system.

 

Durability

Waterhog mats have crushproof reinforced rubber nubs running throughout the mat, giving the mats a high level of durability. In very high traffic areas, such as schools and retail for example, the mats will remain effective for 5 years or more.

Waterhog mats are made of rubber, which will not curl, split or crack whatever the weather.

Traditional entrance mats will wear out far more quickly because they only have the single level. The nylon pile will become crushed down over time which leaves the mat ineffective. You will likely soon notice an ugly looking worn path through the centre of your mat where most people tend to walk, which ruins the appearance of the mat.

PVC/Vinyl backed mats are more prone to curl, split and crack in heavy traffic conditions and over time. Such mat would struggle to remain effective for a year in these conditions.

Vinyl backed mats can soon crack, split and curl.

Vinyl backed mats can soon crack, split and curl

What to do next?

At Mats4U we supply a range of Waterhog mats and traditional entrance mats. We are more than happy to discuss your requirements or more about Waterhog mats vs Traditional Entrance mats and advise on which mats we think will suit you best. Contact us through the website or call 0121 313 6748 during UK office hours for more information.

Using mats to stop slips at swimming pools

The sides of swimming pools, whether indoor or outdoor, can be a dangerous place. The combination of wet floors and bare feet can lead to slip and fall accidents. This worry is heightened when small children or weak swimmers are walking poolside, with slippery floors beneath them.

Matting is such a simple solution for slip and fall prevention at swimming pools, helping to reduce the chance of nasty poolside accidents.

What features should swimming pool matting have?

Non-Slip

The matting you use around a swimming pool needs to provide a non-slip walking surface to give traction underfoot and prevent slips.

Drainage

The mats should have good drainage, to allow any water to flow away from the walking surface. This will ensure that the surface of the mat is not flooded with water which may result in slips.Heronrib Bare Foot Matting

Comfortable

People using a swimming pool will be walking bare foot, so the matting needs to be comfortable underfoot.

Hygienic

The combination of bare feet and the warm, wet environment of a swimming pool is a breeding ground for bacteria and can cause the development and transmission of the likes of athletes foot, warts and verrucas. Ensuring walking areas are hygienic will help prevent this. Matting treated with anti-bacterial additives are ideal for around swimming pools, as they help to inhibit the growth and spread of bacteria and fungus.

Mats suitable for swimming pools

Heronrib Swimming Pool Mat

Heronrib

The most popular swimming pool matting that is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Heronrib has a warm and comfortable standing surface, multi-directional draining, and an anti-bacterial treatment for improved hygiene. Heronrib comes on a roll in a variety of different widths.

 

Ultima Bare Foot Swimming Pool Matting

Ultima

Bare foot wet area roll matting that can be linked together to create long runs at the side of swimming pools. These mats are drainable, comfortable and hygienic.

Lagune

Wet area matting tiles that are comfortable and hygienic for bare feet. The tiles have a connecting system which allows them to be easily interlocked and can be assembled in a variety of shapes and designs depending on your requirements.

Ready to buy or need more help?

You can see our full range of swimming pools mats here at Mats4U.

Alternatively, if you have any questions or require come advice, please call us on 0121 313 6748 or email sales@mats4u.co.uk and we will be more than happy to help.

 

Our new and improved Waterhog Modular Forklift Mats

Why would you use Forklift Mats?

If you have forklift trucks moving in an out of your warehouse or facility frequently throughout the day, the wheels are likely to be bringing in dirt and water from outside, especially during the winter months or on rainy days.

Forklift mats are effectively entrance mats for forklifts. Instead of wiping footwear, they scrape and wipe the forklifts wheels to prevent dirt and water being tracked into your building and to prevent slip and fall accidents.

They are simply designed to make your facility or warehouse both safer and clean, by reducing the amount of dirt and water brought in from outside.

Why are Waterhog Modular Forklift Mats different?

Waterhog Modular Forklift Mats

Our latest edition of Waterhog Forklift Mats are simpler than ever. They come in modular tiles of 120 x 172cm each, that are easy to install and scalable for any application. They are low profile which means they are also suitable for pallet trucks.

Installing each tile only has a short downtime of around 10 minutes. This makes them a great option for busy warehouses that can’t have their loading bay doors closed off for long periods of time.

Our original forklift mats required gluing to the floor, which has a downtime of 3-4 days to allow the glue to cure. With our new Waterhog Modular Forklift Mats, they are ready to be driven over as soon as they have been installed!

The mats still have everything thats great about the original mats, including crush-proof rubber nubs, a heavy duty rubber backing and a fast-drying face.

How do you install them?

The mat tiles are installed using an industrial strength double sided tape (also available from Mats4U). The tape is placed around all four edges of the matting, as well as in a diagonal cross shape through the middle of the mat (see image below) before securing the mats in place on the clean and dry floor.

Full instructions are available.

Installing Forklift Mats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you buy Waterhog Modular Forklift Mats?

Waterhog Modular Forklift Mats are available to purchase on the Mats4U website. Alternatively, if you would like to have a chat with someone about them, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0121 313 6748 or via live chat during UK office hours (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday). If you are contacting us out of hours, simply email sales@mats4u.co.uk with your enquiry.

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.

 

 

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