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Dry dirt can be more damaging

Cracked and backed dry mud with grass and leaves

The most obvious reason for a doormat is to dry peoples feet as they enter the building. This keeps everybody safe from slips and falls and keeps your building looking great.

However, once the rain has gone visitors carry an incredible amount of dirt into your buildings.

Wet dirt is easier to deal with.

When a visitors tramps in with muddy boots, you can see this straight away and deal with it. Dry dirt on the other hand enters by stealth and you dont realise you have a problem until the volume is so great you can see the tracking into the building

If you have carpeted floors, the dirt then becomes entrapped in the carpet fibres. Each grain acts as a small blade against a strand of carpet fibre. This creates a cutting action each time you step.

As a result, this creates premature wear and dulls the surface of the fibre, very quickly your new carpet starts to look shabby.

It’s not just about the entrance matting.

Doormats keep the whole building up to standard and reduce the maintenance costs.
Lift lobbies are good opportunities as are side doors out to smoking areas. Any area which transitions from hard floor to carpeted areas should be evaluated for a doormat

Choosing the right doormat.

This is something I have considered in more detail in this post – Commercial Entrance Matting 4 things to consider.

Which door mat you choose can be just as important, as is the size. if the doormat is too small people will step on and then off and the opportunity is missed. Consider a doormat as a runner particularly in a corridor area.

Trapping the dirt at the entrance reducing the time and money spent by the maintenance team, the door matting can be simply vacuumed or replaced.

The Morland Access Collection of Commercial Door Mats is an excellent place to start

In conclusion

Once the spring showers are a memory and we are baking in the sun, we still need a doormat to trap the dirt at the entrance.

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