Using walk-off mats is a common solution for avoiding flooring damages brought about by soil, dirt, grease, and oil that are usually tracked into a room by human traffic or footsteps.
Walk-off mats are strategically positioned in entrances, corridors, parking garages, and balconies in order to trap dirt, soil, moisture from wet shoes, grease, and grit, and prevent them from entering the facility and causing abrasions on the floor.
But even if walk-off mats are heavy-duty and protective in nature, they need care and maintenance too. If they are not cleaned regularly, they can be a source of soil and dirt themselves, which makes having them counter-productive.
Walk-off mats can absorb more debris when they are clean and properly maintained. Here are six ways on how you can take care of them and keep them functioning well at all times.
1. Vacuum Cleaning
Cleaning walk-off mats through vacuuming is recommended daily. Doing so help remove excess oil and other deep-seated particles. It prevents dirt from building up and keeps your mats maintained for everyday use.
2. Shaking or Hosing the Dirt Off
Shaking a walk-off mat or rinsing it with a hose can help remove excess dirt. You can also do this as part of its daily maintenance.
If you’re going to shake the mat, make sure you do so at an area that’s distant from the insides of the facility. This way, no particles can accidentally come in contact with the floor and enter the other parts of the building.
Meanwhile, if you’re planning on hosing the dirt off the mat, make sure that it can dry up fast enough in time for next day’s use. Otherwise, you should have a spare mat to use while waiting for the other to get dry and be free from excess moisture.
3. Follow the cleaning instructions from the manufacturer
Walk-off mats can be made from different types of materials, and that’s a factor to consider when maintaining them. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s note on how to properly clean a mat based on its composition. Doing so prolongs its function and protects it from unnecessary cleaning techniques that may result to damage.
4. Remove spots and gums immediately.
For liquid spills, use a cloth or paper towel to absorb as much of the spillage as possible. Afterwards, use a spot remover and scrub the stain with a clean cloth. Meanwhile, if the spot is caused by grease or oil, contact the manufacturer or ask your local cleaning aids store about the right spot remover to use.
In case a gum got stuck in the walk-off mat, scrape it off with a putty knife. If it left a stain, use a spot remover.
5. Perform periodic maintenance for your walk-off mats.
Aside from daily maintenance, you also need to do a more thorough cleaning of your mats on a periodic basis depending on traffic and soil levels.
Companies specializing in walk-off mat maintenance can administer deep cleaning and extraction methods. They typically use special machines and equipment in their services and promise quicker drying times.
Alternately, you can deep clean your walk-off mats on your own. One way to do so is spraying the mat with a cleaning solution, scrubbing it, and rinsing it with the use of a garden hose.
6. Re-dye your mat.
You don’t need to buy new walk-off mats just to create a new look for your facility or building. You can simply re-dye them.
Re-dyeing walk-off mats is a cost-effective way of making your mats look new with a different color. KeyColour has a range of dyeing products, and pigments for walk-off mats are one of them. Our products are easy-to-use and can give your mats a new look in just a matter of 45 minutes. Get in touch with our team if you want to learn more about our dyes.
Walk-off mats are essential to any facility, but they will only work properly if they are well maintained. If you use mats for your office or building, take note of these tips to minimize the tracking of dirt on your floors and rooms.