Mats to Stop Snow at The Door

Snowfall looks so pretty, especially during the festive season. However, it can make some of us feel very uneasy when trying to get around, with fear of slips and falls. You cant do much about stopping the snow from falling, but you can prevent it from making its way inside your building, helping to prevent wet floors and slip and fall accidents inside.

Many business and public places will use sand and grit outside of the building to prevent slips and falls on snowy days, but what about stopping the snow from making its way inside on the shoes of visitors?

Here are some things you should consider when choosing the right mats to stop snow:

Outdoor Mats to Stop Snow

To help prevent the snow from coming inside in the first place, you should use outdoor matting. Here are factors to consider when choosing your outdoor mats:

A made made of rubber

If an outdoor mat is being used to deal with snow, it needs to be able to cope in extreme temperatures. This means the mat needs to be made with a rubber material, that is resistant to all types of weather. Cheaper materials, such as PVC or Vinyl, may be prone to cracking and splitting in very cold temperatures.

Snow on Mat without Drainage

A mat with holes

The last thing you need is snow just sitting on top of the mat. Having a mat with holes and drainage will allow the snow to fall away from the standing surface, leaving the mat with some traction underfoot.

A mat that scrapes

The mat needs to be able to scrape snow from the bottom of footwear as visitors walk over the mat. As well as snow, it should also scrape off any grit or salt that has been used to prevent slips outdoors.

Indoor Mats to Stop Snow

An outdoor mat will do its best to prevent snow from coming inside, but on very snowy days, indoor matting will also need to help out. Here are some factors to consider when choosing your indoor mats:

Bi level construction

Bi Level Entrance Mat

Similarly to the outdoor mat, the last thing you need is the snow sitting on top of the standing surface. With a bi-level mat, any snow that makes it into the building on the footwear of visitors will fall to the lower level of the mat. The bi-level construction will prevent the snow from being further tracked into the building, which maycreate wet and slippery floors.

A mat that dries quickly

Once inside, the snow will start to melt. This means that the matting used indoors needs to be constructed using a fast drying material, so that they face of the mat does not become sodden and slippery. Wed recommend a mat with a polypropylene or nylon face.

A mat that scrapes AND wipes

The outdoor mat will do the initial scraping job, so the indoor mat needs to finish scraping any snow, salt and grit from shoes that wasn’t removed by the outdoor mat. It will also need to wipe the shoes to help try them and prevent wet footprints throughout your building.

3 Mat Entrance System

In order to combat snow, we recommend a 3 mat entrance system:

  1. SnowAn outdoor scraper mat with holes
  1. An Indoor Bi-Level Scraper/Wiper Mat
  1. A Finishing Mat for Drying

Contact Mats4U

We’ve listed above all of the factors to consider when choosing mats to combat snow, and have even given some mat suggestions from our website. If you require further help, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0121 313 6747 or and we will be more than happy to advise you.

Which depth of Coir Matting should I choose?

Coir is one of the most popular types of matting for fitting into mat wells and reccesses, as it is available in a variety of different depths. The question is, how do you decide which depth of coir is best for you?

The most popular depth of Coir Matting on the market is 17mm, due to this being a common depth for mat wells and recesses in the UK.

It is important that the coir lies level with the surrounding floor to prevent trips and falls. A mat that is flush with the surrounding floor will also make it easier for wheeled traffic, such as wheelchairs, to transition over the mat. You should note that the depth of coir will include the backing of the mat. Having a backing is important to prevent dirt and moisture falling through the matting to the surface beneath.

Here are some points to consider when deciding on the depth of Coir Matting:

Depth of Coir Matting

How deep if your mat well/recess?

The first thing to do is measure the depth of your mat well using a tape measure, to see how deep it is. Most suppliers measure the depth in inches or mmm. It may not be the same height across the whole mat well, so we recommend checking the depth in a number of places to ensure accuracy.

Is your well/recess level?

As mentioned above, you should measure the well/reccess in several places to check that the whole mat well is the same depth. You can also use a spirit level to double check. If the well is not quite level, you can use floor screed to even out the surface. This will help to ensure that the matting is not higher or lower in some areas than others, creating an uneven walking surface.

Thicker is not necessarily better

It may be thought that the thicker the depth of coir, the better and more durable. However, this is not always the case. The thicker the matting, the more difficult it is for people to walk on or use a wheelchair over the matting. If you have a very deep recess, we would recommend bolstering it with floor screed or with some marine plywood, to reduce the depth of matting that you require.

How can Mats4U help?

At Mats4U we have a variety of depths of Coir Matting for different depths of mat wells and recess, these include 14mm, 17mm, 20mm, 23mm and 28mm.

If you need help choosing the depth of your Coir, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0121 313 6748 or

How to Prevent Forklifts from Skidding on Wet Floors

When forklifts are moving in and out of a warehouse or factory, they will be bringing in all sorts of dirt, water and debris on their wheels. This can make both the wheels of the forklift, and the warehouse floor slippery. This problem is intensified on wet, rainy days, when the amount of water and dirt brought in increases.

We often think about the danger to pedestrians of walking on wet and slippery warehouse floors, but what about the forklift trucks and their drivers?

If the floor and tyres are wet, it will take the forklift truck longer to stop than when dry, just like when driving a car. Wet, contaminated floors and tyres can cause forklift trucks to skid or aquaplane which can be a great danger in busy warehouses in factories.

With forklifts moving heavy goods around factory and warehouses, the last thing you need is a skidding forklift that may cause damages to goods, fixtures, or fittings, or even a worker! Here is our guide on how to prevent forklifts from skidding:

Have clearly marked walkways and crossings for pedestrians

Having specific, designated areas for pedestrians to walk and move around the factory or warehouse, to ensure they are not walking in the paths of moving forklifts, can help to prevent accidents. If your warehouse is particularly prone to wet floors, you may even wish to have barriers separating the pathways for pedestrians and forklifts as an extra precaution.

Taking extra care on wet days

Forklift drivers should be trained to take extra precautions on particularly wet days, such as driving slower to reduce the amount of time it would take to stop if required. They should take particular care when turning around corners.

Forklift Mats

Drying the tyres using matting

One of the main causes of forklifts skidding, is due to wet tyres, combined with wet floors beneath causing a loss of traction. More often that not, the floor will be wet due to previous forklift journeys bringing in water on the wheels. A solution to this is Forklift Matting, that will scrape and wipe the wheels of forklifts from dirt and water, preventing this from being further tracked into the warehouse and causing a hazard.


Drainage at warehouse entrances

Having a good drainage system by the warehouse doors can help to drain away most of the water that may otherwise run into the warehouse on a rainy day.

Forklift MatsHow can Mats4U help you prevent forklifts from skidding?

Waterhog Forklift Mats are an innovative solution to use at forklift entrances in warehouses and factories, to prevent forklifts from skidding by scraping and wiping the tyres. For more information on how they work, visit our Forklift Mats page on our website.

If you have any further questions about forklifts bringing dirt and water into your warehouse, creating both slip and skid hazards, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0121 313 6748 or We have helped many customers with the issue and will be more than happy to help you too!

7 Ways to Stop Slips on Ice

Caution Ice Sign

Slips and falls are extremely costly to society. Not only to the individuals involved, who suffer injury and incalculable emotional cost, but to businesses as well. Businesses face fines and claims of compensation as well as missed hours if it’s a member of their workforce who is injured. When temperatures dip and ice forms on paths and walkways, slip and fall accidents increase exponentially. Many of these accidents can be avoided with some simple measures put in place. Here we look at 7 ways to stop slips on ice.

1. Use grit on walkways

What we know as grit is more commonly rock salt. Spreading salt is a very effective method to stop slips on ice, because it works by lowering the temperature that ice forms on the surface. Put grit down in advance of cold weather to stop ice forming, or use it on snow and ice that has already formed to quickly melt it away.

2. Use deicer on ice that has formed

When ice has already formed then deicer is a more efficient solution than using grit / rock salt. Deicer is a chemical that generates heat to quickly melt ice away. The drawback is that it is not very good at preventing further ice from forming, so it will need to be reapplied regularly if low temperatures or snow fall persists.

3. Use matting

A quick and easy solution to stop slips on ice is to use non-slip matting at the external entrances to buildings and along paths and walkways. The mats need to have drainage holes to allow water to fall through the mat which will help prevent snow and ice forming on the mat surface. Rubber mats are best to use externally as they can resist low temperatures.

Stop slips on ice with matting

4. Cover external entrances and walkways

If your walkways and entrances are covered, with a canopy or porch for example, rain water and snow will not be able to fall on the ground and so this will eliminate the chance of ice forming in the first place.

5. Wear appropriate footwear

Snow foot print

When walking on icy days it is important that individuals choose the right footwear for themselves. Businesses can also educate their employees in the importance of good footwear for safety. Rubber soles with treads will provide better traction. In severe conditions specialist cleats and overshoes may be worn to give that required grip.

6. Use warning signage

On an icy day, warning people of the danger should make them act more cautiously and hopefully watch where they are going. High visibility signage is useful for this purpose, but make sure that the sign is placed appropriately so as not to be a trip hazard in its own right!

7. Walk the right way

When walking the best way to avoid slips on ice is to slow down, take smaller steps and aim to have the whole of your shoe sole land on the floor at once, not just your heel. The increase in surface area contact between your shoe and the floor reduces the likelihood of you slipping.


At Mats4U we have several matting solutions that are designed to help stop slips on ice. You can view our range of non-slip mats on our website or contact us on 0121 313 6748 for more advice.

4 Ways to Prevent Leaves from Causing Slips and Falls

It’s that time of year again,where the beautiful and colourful leaves are starting to fall from the trees. On a crisp, dry day, you may enjoy walking along and hearing the leaves crunch beneath your feet. However, on a wet day, this may be a different story, as wet leaves can become very slippery underfoot and could cause slips and falls.

When it comes to business and public premises, there is a responsibility and obligation to ensure that effective measures have been put in place to help reduce slip and fall accidents. This even includes outside of the building in car parks, outside entrances and ramps.

An excess amount of wet leaves outside of your premises can not only be a health and safety risk in terms of slips and fall hazards, they can also look very untidy, making your premises look unkempt.

Here are 4 solutions to help you prevent leaves from causing slips and falls:

1. Cleaning and Maintenance

One of the most obvious ways to reduce the number of leaves outside your premises, is to have a regular cleaning and maintenance program outside, particularly in the leaf fall months. You can simply use a broom to sweep the leaves up, or if you have a bigger job on your hands, you can use a leaf blower, sweeper or vacuum.

2. Keep your doors closed

The last thing you want, is wet leaves making there way inside and making the place look untidy. We recommend that you keep your doors closed, or have automatic doors, to prevent leaves from coming into your building, particularly on breezy days.

3. Outdoor and Indoor Entrance Matting

Outdoor Mat Trapping Leaves

To prevent leaves from causing a slip hazard inside and outside of your entrance you can use entrance matting. Outdoor entrance matting with holes is perfect for this situation, as the holes will hold on to the leaves to prevent them from being blown or tracked inside, and also from being slippery underfoot.

If combine this with a bi-level indoor entrance mat, this will help trap any leaves that have managed to sneak inside, to prevent them from making their way further into your building.

4. Too many trees?

We’re not suggesting that you start chopping all the trees down, but maybe just try to identify if there is a particular tree near your entrance, or other public outdoor areas, which is causing a particular problem in terms of leaf fall. Using evergreen trees and plants around your premises would reduce leaf fall and help to reduce slip and fall hazards.

How can Mats4U help you prevent slips and falls?

Whilst we’re not tree surgeons, we do have some great entrance mats! Our Value Rubber Scraper Matwith holes is great for trapping leaves outdoors, and our Waterhog Entrance Mats are the best indoor entrance mats in the industry – these are both available to buy online, with free delivery to UK mainland.

If you require some more advice on how to prevent leaves from causing slips and falls, please contact us on 0121 313 6748 or and we will be more than happy to help.



4 of the best Entrance Mats for Schools

Every day, hundreds of feet rush in through the school doors, down the corridors and into classrooms. Throughout the day children and staff move in and out of buildings to get to their next class. At break and lunch times children will run around the school fields and splash in puddles before bringing dirt, mud and water back in with them on the soles of their shoes.

It is no wonder then that schools are one of the most challenging environments to keep clean. Only the best entrance mats for schools will be able to remove and hold onto all the dirt and water and keep performing for many years to come.

At Mats4U, the school market is one we have served for over 40 years. Here we recommend 4 of the best entrance mats for schools that money can buy.

1. Value Rubber Scraper Mats with Holes – £29.99

Value Rubber Scraper Outdoor Entrance Mat For Schools

These all rubber mats are perfect for placing outside all your school entrances and they wont break the bank by doing so. They are very competitively priced you will find almost identical mats at over twice the price!

They are heavy mats, which means they stay put, but the most important thing is how well they scrape off heavy dirt and mud from footwear. They are very easy to clean, you simply hose or pressure wash the mats which can be done in situ.

Bear in mind that an all rubber mat will not dry footwear, so they are best used in conjunction with an internal entrance mat.

– see Value Rubber Scraper Mats with holes on the Mats4U website

2. Waterhog Classic Barrier Mats From £43.99

Tried, tested and trusted in 1000s of schools up and down the country, this is the entrance mat for schools. They feature a bi-level construction which greatly improves their dirt and water retention and, in terms of performance, sets them apart from your typical single level entrance mat.

Bi-level simply means they have an upper level for scraping and wiping footwear and a lower level to collect and store the dirt and water below the walking surface. This means that the collected dirt will not be walked through by subsequent people, so it stays held in the mat until it is cleaned away.

Waterhog mats can hold up to 6.5 litres per square metre of water, hence their name, and you can expect them to continue performing for well over 5 years in high foot-fall entrances.

– see Waterhog Classic Mats on the Mats4U website

Waterhog Classic Entrance Mat For Schools

3. Tri Grip Heavy Duty Mats From £43.99

If you need a greater choice of colours or a special size to fit your entranceway, then look no further than Tri Grip Heavy Duty mats. These traditional carpeted-top entrance mats come in custom sizes and lengths up to 5.5 metres. There are 14 colours to match your school colours or to brighten up the entrances to your school.

As the name suggests, these are heavy duty mats, due to a nylon pile which resists crushing down and a rubber backing which will not split or curl up at the edges. You also have a choice of rubber backing dependant on if the mat is to be placed on a hard floor or on a carpeted floor which helps stop the mat from moving.

Carpeted topped mats such as these are very good at drying footwear and stopping finer dirt coming into your building, so are good to use in conjunction with an outdoor scraper mat which can deal with the heavier dirt and mud.

– see Tri Grip Heavy Duty Mats on the Mats4U website

Tri Grip Heavy Duty Entrance Mat For Schools

4. Heavy Duty Logo Mats From £54.99

If you’re after a truly customisable mat, then a logo mat will be your ideal choice. You can have any logo, colour, image or even a message if you wish printed on a high-quality logo mat. Recent advances in logo mat printing technology mean that you can have high resolution photographs or shading effects and you can be sure that the image will remain bright and vibrant for years to come.

We recommend you use a logo mat as a secondary entrance mat, so use an entrance mat prior to this to remove most of the dirt and water, otherwise you will find yourself regularly cleaning your logo mat to keep it in pristine condition.

– see Heavy Duty Logo Mats on the Mats4U website

Heavy Duty Logo Entrance Mat For Schools

If you’re after an even wider choice of entrance mats for schools, then head on over to our School Entrance Matssection on the Mats4U website. If you would like some advice on entrance mats for schools or which you should choose, then feel free to contact us on 0121 313 6748 and we will happily help.

How to reduce wet floor signs whilst still preventing slips and falls

Wet floor signs are likely to be out in full force during the winter months, especially on rainy days. Wet floor signs are designed to prevent slip and fall accidents by providing a warning about a wet floor, but do they really? The signs are used so frequently these days (even when the floor isn’t wet) that we have become accustomed to them, and perhaps dont even notice them! It could even be argued that they are obstructive, and a bit of an eye sore!

Did you know that someone can still claim compensation for a slip and fall accident, regardless of whether there was a wet floor sign there? This highlights the importance of not only warning visitors about wet floors, but from preventing the floor from being wet in the first place. Wet floor signs should not be the solution for a) preventing slip and fall accidents and b) preventing compensation claims.

Here is our guide to help you reduce wet floors and wet floor signs in your building:

Identify areas prone to wet floors and spillages

Take a walk around your building and carry out a risk assessment. Are there any areas that could be particularly prone to wet floors? Perhaps near a vending machine or underneath a sink for example?

In these areas, preventative measures need to be put in place, to prevent the floor from getting wet, and in turn preventing slip and fall accidents.

This could include;

  1. Training the workforce on what they should do if they notice a wet floor
  2. Using non-slip safety flooring in areas such as kitchens and toilets
  3. Using non-slip matting in areas prone to drips and spillages

The answer should not be stick a wet floor sign down and walk away!

Wet Floor Sign on Mat

Regular Cleaning & Maintenance

It is important to have a regular cleaning and maintenance program throughout your premises to ensure that it is clean, safe and tidy at all times, in order to help prevent accidents.

Areas that are more likely to become clean and untidy quickly should be checked more regularly, especially if a wet floor is highly probable.

Areas such as customer and staff toilets should be checked every hour for a possible slip hazard, and rectified immediately.

Effective Entrance Matting

A key factor that can cause wet floors, is water and dirt being brought in on the footwear of customers, visitors and staff from outside when entering your premises.

Without effective entrance matting in place, this water can be tracked further into the building, causing wet floors in areas where sometimes you would least expect them.

If you have entrance matting in place and you are still having to use wet floor signs in your entrances, then you need better entrance mats, as they clearly aren’t doing the job intended!

An effective entrance mat should:

  1. Stop dirt and water at the door
  2. Store soil and water for later removal
  3. Minimise the tracking of soil and water
  4. Providing a safe surface to walk on

Wet Floor Sign in Entrance

Remove wet floor signs once the floor is dry

A really simple way of reducing the number of wet floor signs in your building, is to remove them once the floor is dry. One of the main reasons we have become so accustomed to wet floor signs, is because sometimes they are still lying around when the floor is dry. The more they are left around when the floor is dry, the less likely people are going to see them as a warning sign.

How can we help you?

Here as Mats4U we have a range of matting that can help to stop water and dirt, which can in turn reduce the number of wet floor signs in your building. Take a look at the best entrance mats in the industry, as well as non-slip safety mats on our website.

If you are unsure which mats you need, or have a particular problem area that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are available Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm on 0121 313 6748, or you can email us at We are more than happy to give you any help and advice that you need.

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


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.

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


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 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 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 We will be more than happy to help answer any questions that you may have about all things mats!

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