Anti-Slip Matting: Getting a Grip on your Business Practices!

In today’s business world, numerous companies list “Safety” as their number one priority. Taking this into consideration, while second-nature, can be very rewarding for your business. Utilizing the proper precautions and care to protect the well-being of your employees and customers can significantly increase productivity and retail traffic, as well as decrease employers’ costs.

To ensure the safety of your employees and customers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends and encourages you to install anti-slip matting material in high risk areas, i.e. entrances, kitchens and other work areas.

We here at The Matworks confidently and proudly stand by the fact that safety is of the utmost importance in today’s business world. We back that up by providing only the highest quality of matting materials, instilling that same, five-decade-strong confidence and pride in our satisfied customers.

With 50 years of high-quality, custom flooring installation and maintenance experience, Matworks continues to thrive on customer safety and satisfaction, with the help of our high-quality Anti-Slip matting material.

For your commercial needs, we offer three different, unique types of anti-slip matting material:

 

Product: Light Cuisine
Light cuisine does double-duty as an anti-slip mat as well as an anti-fatigue option. A favorite for wet areas because of its slip resistant qualities and low maintenance cleaning.

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The Light Cuisine grants businesses the opportunity to decrease injury-causing fatigue in employees, as well as providing ant-slip qualities, grasping your every step. For your organization’s designated wet areas such as kitchens, food prep areas, bars and beverage stations, the Light Cuisine is a definite match.

“A new study at England’s Loughborough University confirms that anti-fatigue mats can have a significant, beneficial impact on the health of workers who must stand for long periods of time,” reported EHS Today.

Made entirely of only the highest quality of non-marking rubber, the wide-faced Light Cuisine consists of side-to-side unobstructed holes that allow for maximum drainage and drop-through of water, grease and debris, in addition to providing Matworks’ excellent anti-slip resistant capabilities.

With the Light Cuisine’s three-year limited warranty, its high rating for slip resistance as well as its molded, beveled edges for added safety, your next durable Light Cuisine matting material can be put you ahead of the market with an assured improvement on productivity.

Results from Loughborough’s study indicate that standing for 90-minute periods can cause serious discomfort to the feet, legs and back, as well as stiffness to the neck and shoulders. The study also concluded that the use of anti-fatigue mats can help prevent many of these health concerns.

Get your Light Cuisine set in a grease resistant “Black” or greaseproof “Terracotta.”

 

Product: Water Pro
Water Pro is a flexible and customizable solution for wet areas such as swimming pools, saunas, spas, locker rooms and shower areas.

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The Matworks Water Pro flooring product is your next solution for your everyday swimming environments, spas and saunas, locker rooms and shower areas. Made from the highest quality of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), the Water Pro is specifically engineered to provide a dry walking surface in even the wettest of environments while the gridded surface quickly drains water away.

According to pool expert Steve Goodale, faulty equipment in and around a pool can lead to serious injury and death for swimmers. When it comes to the sources of these preventable situations, Goodale’s list includes “Slippery Decks.”

Made of soft, flexible PVC, the Water Pro can be easily maintained by a simple hose-off or a sweep job if necessary. While ideal for wet areas, the Water Pro is also weather-resistant and is durable enough to support heavy patron traffic.

At 1.4lbs per square foot, you can order your Water Pro, measured at a height of a quarter of an inch, at customizable sizes for your wet area.

 
Product: Corsair
Corsair is a flexible, lightweight option for reducing slips and falls. Corsair can be used on floors as well as shelves.

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The highly flexible Corsair mat is made with an industrial grade ribbed vinyl material. The ribbed matting provides protection for floors and shelves to reduce slippage and provide excellent traction for customers’ safety. For your business specifications, Matworks provides Corsair material in a wide ribbed detail as well as a narrow ribbed detail.

It is very important for commercial businesses to have non-slip mats in place because they can keep both workers and customers safe from disastrous slip and fall accidents.

While the Corsair can be easily maintained, it also goes above and beyond when it comes to protecting your interior floors and, more importantly, your customers. While the Corsair displays a sleek and neat presentation, the patented weather-resistant, Anti-Slip material works to reduce slips and falls, keeping your clientele confident in revisiting your business.

The Matworks’ Corsair is at a neat 3/32 inches of height and comes in sizes of two feet, three feet and four feet in length, enough to roll up to 105 feet.

With a two-year limited warranty, you can confidently order your next set of Corsair matting material for your business’ entrances, hallways, shelving displays and more! When it comes to needed maintenance, the Corsair can be easily hosed off wherever appropriate and they can be lifted and rolled for machine cleaning.

The Matworks offers expert advice for all your commercial flooring needs; email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution: info@thematworks.com.

 
About The Matworks
The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers 50 years of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

Anti-fatigue mats can increase productivity and decrease costs

According to recent studies, sitting for too long has been correlated to “increased the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and even death,” according to Medical News Today. In order to counteract these adverse effects, office workers have turned to standing desks. Researchers claim that not only do standing desks decrease the risks of sitting for too long, but they also “increase your energy levels, alertness and productivity” by improving blood circulation and increasing oxygen to the brain.

In July 2016, researchers at Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health found that workers using standing desks were 46% more productive than their seated counterparts. “The researchers hypothesized the productivity levels may have improved due to reduced body discomfort, enhanced cognitive function from physiological changes or a combination of these two factors” reports Orthotics and Prosthetics News. Clearly, increased productivity benefits any business but that is not where the benefits to the employee or the business end.

Many other health benefits have been discovered such as increased calorie expenditure, benefits to one’s metabolism and improvement in blood sugar and cholesterol levels. These benefits were echoed by Dr. Genevieve Healy, senior research fellow at the School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, Australia, saying that “replacing two hours a day of sitting time with stepping was associated with an approximately 11% lower average BMI and a 7.5cm smaller average waist circumference. In addition, average blood sugar levels fell by approximately 11%”. Improved employee health benefits a business in the most simple way: by decreasing the costs of health insurance.

Anti-fatigue in labor intensive jobs

But if standing is so beneficial to our health, why don’t we stand all of the time? Cashiers, pharmacists, and manufacturing assembly workers are consistently complaining of back and feet pains resulting from standing for too long. A way that they have found to alleviate the stresses on their bodies is through anti-fatigue mats.

Product spotlight: Our Medallion Mat reduces stress and fatigue as a result of standing. With Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) top, the mat is allergen free and anti-microbial as well as oil, grease and chemical resistant. Perfect for cashiers and manufacturing assembly workers, Medallion Mat has a low profile to prevent tripping and is easily maintained.

Product spotlight: Our Pharma Eze Mat has a unique two-piece construction that combines increased bounce and resiliency with unparalleled durability making it ideal for pharmacists who stand on their feet all day. It’s made of 80% recycled rubber and comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

Anti-fatigue in office jobs

Those who can’t perform their job sitting have found a way to alleviate the strains of standing. Standing too much causes aches in pains in our feet while sitting too much leads to bad posture and back discomfort. Researchers advise office workers to find the appropriate balance. Standing just a couple of hours per day can yield significant improvements. In order to avoid suffering from problems related to standing up too long, office workers should couple their sit-stand desk with anti-fatigue mats.

Product spotlight: Preference Eze has triple resilient foam backing for anti-fatigue purposes. With its durable carpet top, Preference Eze blends in to an office seamlessly.

There is clearly a lot of research left to be done but one thing is clear: our sedimentary life is starting to have adverse benefits on our health. Take a proactive approach by implementing sit-stand desks and anti-fatigue flooring in the office environment. Step into a more balanced life with our anti-fatigue mats.

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

Changing Floor Trends in the Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry has generally relied on carpet for their hotel rooms and sometimes even for their lobbies. Some of the reasons are that carpets are cheaper than many flooring alternatives while providing a comforting home feeling and reducing noise. Over the past two years, economy hotels such as Red Roof Inn and Value Place, have started to switch their flooring from carpet to luxury vinyl tiles (LVT). According to Floor Daily, this floor trend is also present in upper midscale hotel chains such as Holiday Inn and Courtyard.

LVT vs. CARPET FLOOR TRENDS

Hotel managers have shifted their focus from the cheap alternative to the longer lasting, more resilient one. While carpets have a lifespan of about six years, LVT can last anywhere from 12 to 20 years, according to Floor Trends Magazine. Even though LVT is more expensive than carpet, the increased lifespan of LVT more than makes up for the difference in initial costs. Additionally, the less frequent need for replacement leads to a reduction in the costs of installation as well as a reduction in the lost revenue due to installation.

Product Spotlight: The Matworks provides LVT infused with MicroCeramicTM silica beads. This new technology makes our product more durable and allows us to provide a 15 year limited warranty on the LVT. Furthermore, Matworks’ Click LVT does not use adhesives and can be installed over existing floors. This allows for faster installation than adhesive-based products and makes the floor ready for same day use.

More importantly though, consumer tastes are changing. According to the senior director of global designs for Marriott International, Nigel Hatcher, guests perceive LVT to be cleaner than carpets. LVT also provides a more spacious feel, which is particularly important to millennials.

Product Spotlight: Not only is there the perception of cleaner floors with LVT but it is in fact so thanks to Nano-SilverTM technology. LVT imbued with nano-silver particles provides for a reduced presence of viruses, fungi, molds, and bacteria on the floors.

Housekeeping also benefits from LVT given that it is much easier to maintain. Marriot found that housekeepers prefer LVT to carpet because it is easier to clean, requiring only a damp mop as opposed to the labor intensive vacuuming and spot cleaning of carpets. Easier floor maintenance leads to a cleaner hotel. LVT is also scratch and stain resistant, further improving the look and reputation of a hotel.

That being said, LVT may not be the best solution for every hotel. A hotel’s use of LVT will depend on its geographic location. Due to LVT’s moisture resistance, LVT has an advantage over carpet in warmer climates, which are prone to moisture. Yet, hotels in the north, such as ski resorts will likely prefer the “warmer” carpet feel.

LVT vs. WOOD FLOOR TRENDS

LVT is a good alternative for hotels that want to upgrade their look but cannot afford the higher prices of wood and tile. The wood look has remained a popular look. Yet, aside from being an expensive option, wood does not provide good noise attenuation. In contrast, LVT when installed over underlayment provides great sound abatement.

Finally, while wood has remained very popular, the current trend leans towards natural and wood graining in gray and taupe colors. While these colors and textures may not be present in nature, LVT provides the client the ability to customize the look of any hotel to the minute preferences of its guests.

 

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.