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.

Store Appearance is Critical to Retail Sales

A store’s physical appearance matters — and it does so significantly, according to several recent consumer surveys. The data shows that consumers form an opinion of a business based on physical presence, which heavily influences their decision whether or not to shop at a location.

With 95% of consumers reporting that exterior appearance is important in selecting a store to shop, the survey results suggest that retailers across the board, from restaurants to big-box outlets, should focus on the external presentation of their location to ensure there are satisfied customers inside.

More than two-thirds of consumers say they have avoided a place of business based on its external appearance, which could drastically impact your company’s bottom line.

So what can you do to ensure your customers return and have a positive impression? At the very least, your organization should evaluate the external presentation of your stores as part of you overall marketing efforts. And ask yourself these three questions:

  • What message is our business sending to potential customers?
  • Are we turning potential customers away without knowing it?; and
  • Is the environment of our location consistent with our target customers’ expectations?

We’ve created this useful graphic to illustrate the findings in this survey:

Store Appearance Infographic

 

As an expert in retail flooring, we can help you identify areas where consumers may perceive shortcomings in your store’s entryway and beyond. Contact 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 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.

 

Entrance Mats: A Simple Way to Reduce Interior Maintenance Costs

An estimated 80% of soil brought into a facility is carried in on our shoes, and according to one study, the cost to remove dirt and debris is 63 cents per customer per year. Even a cursory estimate for a mid-sized retailer shows floor maintenance costs are a high dollar expense. So without reducing the amount of foot traffic entering your store, how can your organization save on maintenance costs?

Most experts agree – an effective entrance matting system is the right solution to not only reduce maintenance costs but also to improve safety, protect your investment in interior flooring, improve your image, create a better first impression and achieve better indoor air quality.

With so many products, configurations and considerations today it’s hard to know what the right entrance system is, but here are a few key details the Matworks has learned after almost 50 years in the commercial flooring industry:

Size Matters

  • For high traffic entrances, the larger the matting system the better
  • Providing a longer mat – no matter the size of the entrance – means more surface area to capture dirt, debris and moisture
  • A good rule of thumb for running length is as follows:

 

Weather Conditions # of Walking Steps # of Feet Based on an Average 30 inch Pace
Snow 10-12 25 – 30 feet
Rain 8-10 20 – 25 feet
Dry 6-8 15 – 20 feet

 

Matting Styles

 

  • Walk-off mats are an economical and easy way to maintain your first line of defense; these solutions offer flexibility without sacrificing quality
  • Scraper mats are typically constructed of high-density polypropylene fiber, which is coarser and traps more dirt and debris. These products can be surface-mounted or recessed and come in tiles for easy maintenance and replacement.
  • Grid systems (also known as drop-through systems) are the workhorse solution for high-traffic entrances or in environments where moisture is a consideration. Typically constructed from a combination of aluminum and high-density polypropylene carpet or PVC, these systems can withstand heavy loads and are useful indoors or out.

 

Through our experience, we recognize there are many factors to evaluate when determining what type of entrance system or combination of systems, is appropriate. For more information about the solutions we provide, visit the Entrance Solutions section of our site. 

 

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 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.

 

 

 

 

The True Cost of Slips and Falls

Slips and falls are a major concern for retailers and businesses. According to a report by Zurich North America that focuses on hazards related to snow and ice, the average cost of a slip and fall to an organization is $30,670. In addition to claims by consumers there are also a high number of incidents reported by workers. For a retailer with thousands of visitors per year and hundreds of employees, these claims can cost millions. The good news is the number of claims can be reduced if the right maintenance and flooring plan is in place.

We recommend the following best practices when considering how to mitigate risk in your entrance or lobby:

1. Be sure to have an expert evaluate all of the factors that contribute to risks such as moisture, floor surface materials, overhead coverage and treatment of transitional areas between parking areas and the entrance.

2. Vestibules should have recessed grid systems or permanent carpet installed that act as scrapers on shoe bottoms to remove dirt, debris and moisture.

3. Quality matting, inlaid carpet tiles or permanent carpet tiles with beveled edges should be provided at the interior door threshold and extend 15 to 20 feet into the building to provide additional wiping of shoe bottoms.

4. Maintenance is as critical as the products or systems chosen.

5. The use of caution or wet floor signs is highly recommended to give employees and consumers notice that the floor is slippery when wet. The lack of notice is mentioned often with employee and consumer claims and may cause claim reserves to be increased significantly.

 

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 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.

How does a flooring company get into cleaning?

What is TEC?

Impressed with the service, attention to detail and professionalism we had been providing for their flooring products and installations, our customers began to ask if we would like to manage the cleaning in their stores as well. Given their history with Matworks, they felt we could provide a better product. Additionally, because we had been designing and installing flooring and entrances throughout the country for nearly 50 years, we knew first-hand the impact the right solution had on safety and maintenance costs.

Matworks made the decision in 2007 to invest in starting a full service turn-key service division, however, we did not want to be like everyone else…we truly wanted to differentiate ourselves, and we have.

Research told us:

 

  • Service levels promised but are not delivered
  • Work is not completed correctly or on time
  • Customers lost trust
  • There is not enough visibility in what happens in the field
  • The right data is not provided to the customers
  • Customers didn’t know what they were paying for

 

Built from the same principles that led Matworks to be a leading provider in flooring products for national retailers, TEC began. This simple acronym defines the key principles we operate by: Transparency, Ethics, and Committed Account Supervision.

We recognize that an immaculate facility has a critical impact on the customers’ experience, employees’ satisfaction and most importantly – the brand.

Today, the Matworks TEC division is represented through three key services: Cleaning, Installation and Concrete Care. We are fortunate to work with many major retailers throughout the US, currently we service over a thousand sites. The TEC division represents nearly half the company revenue and continues to be a major focus in our future growth.

 

What is TEC?

Transparency – Open Books

Honesty is one of our core values, and we share our internal operational costs with our customers. From our initial financial models prepared during the bidding phase through ongoing service operations, the Matworks provides a detailed planned versus actual reporting and analysis.

Ethics – We Deliver What We Promise…And We Don’t Charge For What Don’t Deliver.

With nearly 50 years servicing retail, our reputation is who we are. We create value in our relationships by focusing on exemplary service delivery – NOT on increasing our margins at the expense of performance. We know the importance of trust in building strong partnerships, and we work hard every day to earn that trust.

Committed Account Supervision

Our operating model is unique in the industry. The Matworks manages our services through dedicated Area QA Managers and QA Associates in the field. These managers are “account specific” – meaning they work only for their assigned customer and NOT on a territorial basis. This allows 100% focus on store service needs.

TEC Vision: 

  • To be the catalyst to changing the industry
  • To be so good and so successful (in customer satisfaction, growth and profitability) that the industry copies our values and practices
  • …and we teach them how.

 TEC Mission: 

  • To prove that our values and professionalism are the best way to manage.
  • To utilize the brains and hearts, in addition to the hands, of “our” technicians. To make them part of the team, provide them with honorable work and just reward. They will be the secret weapon of a truly great cleaning company.
  • To change this industry. To be the catalyst. To be so good and so successful (in growth and profitability) that the industry copies our values and practices…and we teach them how.
  • We succeed where others have failed through a unique philosophy and operating strategy that truly makes a difference.

 

The Matworks offers expert advice for every commercial flooring need, 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 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.

The Matworks Celebrates Its 49th Year

The Matworks celebrates its 49th year in business this month! In 1966 Robert Burman, the Matworks’ Chairman, began to work with major national retailors when he recognized safety issues consumers faced when entrances and matting were either incorrectly implemented or not used at all. What began as a mat rental and laundering business quickly grew into a leader in the commercial flooring industry that now offers product and services. Robert’s passion, dedication and reputation for honesty, integrity and service enabled the company to rapidly grow into what it is today. His ability to find creative yet functional solutions to make consumers safer, reduce risks and lower his customers operating costs are the foundations upon which the company is built.   If you speak with our customers, Robert and his team’s knack for developing relationships and sustainable solutions are what truly stand out.

Throughout the years, The Matworks’ desire to take care of their customers and reputation for honesty, integrity and service enabled the company to continue to grow and become a leader in the industry.

Today, the Matworks remains committed to excellence, providing the best service to its customers and employees in keeping with the foundation upon which the company was built.

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The Matworks delivery vans

 

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.

 

The Matworks Selected for 2015 Maryland Excellence Award

The US Commerce & Trade Research Institute (USCTRI) has selected the Matworks to receive the 2015 Maryland Excellence Award for our commitment to service excellence to our customers and contributions to the communities we serve. USCTRI noted the Matworks has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USCTRI marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a yearlong immersion in the business climate of Maryland.

We are thrilled to receive this award and resolve to continue exceeding expectations for our customers.

About USCTRI

The USCTRI is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.

Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership.

More information on USCTRI can be found at www.usctri.org

 

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.