Beyond Appearances: The Importance of Mats in Office Buildings

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Mats in Office Buildings.jpgKeeping an office looking great does more than make it pleasant and professional-looking. The same mats that improve its appearance can reduce fatigue, improve productivity, and protect the area from wear. Here are a few places to put specialized mats in office buildings to gain this variety of benefits:

At the Entrance

Mats just inside the doors capture water and grime from outside, and this prevents these things from dirtying the rest of the floor. They also provide a good, non-slip surface for people coming in, so they're great for safety.

In some locations, it can be a good idea to put mats outside the doors as well. Consider adding them if your main entranceway has an awning or is otherwise protected from direct exposure to rain and snow.

Underneath Chairs

Office chairs typically have casters, but to get the full good out of them, they need to be able to roll. Place mats underneath each chair to provide a good rolling surface and protect the underlying carpet from excessive wear. If the mats are big enough, they'll also protect the floor from dropped snacks and other such items.

At Standing Work Areas

Here, the point of matting is to reduce fatigue. Standing on hard surfaces wears out the feet, legs, and even the back. Before long, the entire body gets tired. This type of fatigue is also painful, and people don't work their fastest when they're thinking about how tired and sore they are. Rubber mats provide some softness and make standing up much easier on the body. Productivity increases thanks to the increased comfort.

In some office buildings, there is a kitchen that provides freshly-cooked food to a cafeteria. Here, mats should be placed at sinks and in front of the stoves and grills. If employees dish up the food at a counter, mats should be placed on their side of this as well. These won't improve the appearance of the kitchen, but they will greatly improve safety by providing a non-slip surface. The reductions in slip-and-fall risk and worker fatigue make it well worth the investment.

In Receiving Areas

Office buildings often have at least one big receiving area. Here, furniture and office equipment can be brought in without clogging up the main doors. In this location, it's a good idea to place some thick rubber mats. They help to prevent slipping and help keep the concrete floor from getting marks or scrapes from the equipment used to move the heavy items.

Other Things to Keep an Eye On

Of course, it takes more than a good selection of mats to prevent damage and keep buildings looking good. One of the most important things to do is keep a close eye on janitorial maintenance. Ensuring that trash is regularly taken out helps to prevent messes, gets rid of trip hazards, and even lowers the risk of fire. This is especially true in offices since most of the trash they generate is paper, which is highly flammable.

Another important activity is frequent vacuuming. Even the best mats will get soiled, and without vacuuming, they'll quickly look dingy. They also work better at stopping dirt when they aren't already full of grime. This makes basic maintenance very important for both the appearance and functionality of your floor protection pieces.

These are just some ways that basic mats, which many people tend to ignore, make themselves essential parts of your office building. Keep your eyes out for places where they will go well. Make sure to take note of and clean other areas that need maintenance, too. This combination will make it much easier to keep everything ship-shape.

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