Education

Avoid Slips and Falls

Property managers and owners who think that slips and falls at their properties is a non-issue should think twice. Lawsuits related to slip and fall accidents have risen by more than 300% since 1980 according to OSHA. The National Safety Council claims that slips and falls where responsible for 41,870 general industry accidents in 2003. That is an astronomical statistic. It is also costing property managers and owners a small fortune...

Anti-Fatigue Mats for the Standing Worker

The word “ergonomics” is defined as “the natural laws of work”. Optimal performance, which many of us define as productivity, is the ultimate goal of ergonomic design. It’s therefore reasonable to expect that the implementation of ergonomic concepts offers tremendous value to any company, and can be realized with the creation of comfortable, healthy and safe work environments. Providing anti-fatigue matting for standing workers is an excellent...

Waterhog Mats for the Masses

The Waterhog Floor Mat, affectionately known as the Waterhog, is one of the industry’s most well known and widely used entrance floor mats.  It’s revolutionary design and construction has made it popular not only for commercial applications, but for personal home use as well.  Over the years, a number of different styles and extensions have been added to the Waterhog floor mat line and will be explored in further detail. Waterhog: What's...

Do You Practice Risk Management? The Wet Umbrella Bag Stand

This revolutionary, yet quite simple product addresses wet floors directly, thus helping to prevent slip and fall accidents.  Unlike its predecessors, this high-quality Wet Umbrella Bag Stand combines the best of both worlds: it is indeed sturdy, yet elegant and beautifully constructed.  Therefore, this umbrella stand is heavy enough so that it will not tip over yet fashionable enough in either a satin chrome or satin brass finish that any manager...

Choosing the Correct Desk Chair Mat

Desk chair mats are available with a variety of options and choosing the best product can mean the difference between comfortable, easy gliding and back pain, or worse, a damaged floor. When selecting the proper desk mat, one must factor in several considerations including flooring type/backing, shape, size, thickness and edging. By understanding these attributes and choosing correctly, your chair mat can provide years of comfort...

Clean Room Sticky Mats Keep Laboratories, Gym Floors Contaminant Free

Laboratories, surgical rooms and even gymnasium floors often require environments free of dust, dirt and debris. Although carpeted-surface floor mats do an excellent job removing such contaminants, they cannot always trap all of the smaller particles that can be tracked in. Sticky Mats, also known as tacky mats, trap impurities in areas that require complete dust and debris control. American Floor Mats’ Clean Room Sticky Mats feature a...

An Overview of Recessed Floor Mats

Recessed Floor Mats have long been a popular choice among architects and building owners alike. Recessed Matting lays flush with the surrounding floor, as the mat (and accompanying frame) is laid into a depression or indentation which helps both with drainage as well as trips and falls. Because of the myriad of depths, size and usages depending on location and foot traffic, several different recessed mat options will be explored...

Environmentally Friendly, Recycled Waterhog Eco Mats

An entrance floor mat is the first line of defense against contaminants and particles from entering your building. Our new line of Waterhog ECO floor mats not only removes dirt, debris and moisture while providing a safe walking surface, but also consists of virtually all recycled materials. In addition to gaining valuable LEED points...

Going Green: The Green Building Council & Leed Certification Points at American Floor Mats

Soil is everywhere and managing it is a vital part of our everyday existence. At the heart of every effective entrance mat program is the prevention of contaminants from entering a building. The U.S. Green Building Council has developed a rating system for new and existing buildings to encourage building owners to earn credit for meeting certain housekeeping criteria. In a Green Building an entrance mat is the first line of defense against...

Caring for your Desk Chair Mat

In order to keep your office floor mat (be it a Chair Mat for Carpeted Surfaces, Chair Mat for Hard Surfaces, Anti-Static Chair Mat or Designer Chair Mat) in top shape, follow these easy maintenance and cleaning...

Cocoa Mats - Environmentally Green Matting

Cocoa Mats (also called coco mats) are one of the most effective and most environmentally sound entrance mats available today. Their ability to remove dirt and debris along with its durability, even if the most heavily-trafficked locations, has made it popular not only for eco-conscious commercial purchasers, but for residential consumers as well. Cocoa matting can be implemented in a variety of settings and is available with several different...

Rubber Mats versus Vinyl Mats

Floor mats are available with two distinct types of backing: rubber-backed mats (or simply rubber mats) and vinyl-backed mats (a.k.a. vinyl mats). Rubber-backed door mats are superior to their vinyl-backed entrance mat counterparts for a variety of reasons explained below. Rubber is the preferred backing for all floor matting products. Rubber backed mats are made for high-use / heavy-traffic areas; we sell them to office buildings...

Best Garage Flooring - Rolls or Tiles?

With all the dirt, debris and water that gets tracked into garages every season, it's no wonder that garage flooring has become such a popular floor matting option for both residential and commercial locations.  Garage flooring is typically sold in three formats - large rolls, interlocking tiles and peel and stick tiles - and each has pros and cons over the others.  Below is an outline of the features of each type of garage floor matting to help determine the best option for any situation...