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.

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.

Grid Entrance Systems: Solutions for High Traffic and Heavy Loads

One of the most frequent questions we get is what is the right entrance system? The answer is not a straightforward as you would think. Not only does your entrance create a first impression but will also help maintain your design aesthetic, add years to your floor’s life, significantly reduce maintenance costs and is critical to safety. Slip and fall injuries are serious for consumers and businesses alike. Installing an effective and appropriate entrance system can dramatically reduce the potential for slip hazards while preventing dirt and moisture from being tracked in.

 

Investing in a grid system provides the best long-term solution for entrances where there is high traffic or heavy loads such as grocery stores, commercial buildings, hotels and healthcare facitlities. These products are designed for entrances that receive repetitive, heavy foot and cart traffic and offer safety, cleaning and noise reduction benefits while withstanding consistent abuse.

 

While grid systems give the appearance of being rigid and heavy, many are designed to roll up or be removed easily to allow for cleaning. Additionally, because there are so many size options, grid systems are incredibly versatile and reduce maintenance costs by allowing for sections to be replaced versus the entire installation. Matworks Proscraper can even be flipped after years of use, doubling the life of the grid.

 

We offer a number of options for grid systems such as Proscraper, Powerlinks, Design Links, Reese and Nystrom to name a few. Please find additional information on our website in the Product Solutions section.

 

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.

 

Mats: The Benefit of Buying vs. Renting

The Matworks began nearly 50 years ago as a mat rental and laundering company and for many years this was the primary service we offered our national retail customers. As our business and the needs of our customers evolved, so too did the mat rental business. Matworks began working with global suppliers and market leaders who had the ability to produce quality commercial products that could last for years. With high quality and value engineering in mind, we worked closely with our customers to determine that buying a high quality dense fiber product was much more cost effective than renting.

Here’s what we learned after 25 years in the rental business and another 25 selling high quality purchased mats:

Cost Savings

  • We estimate the cost to rent one 4’ x 6’ mat with a standard three-year contract is approximately $800 annually. Most companies require more than one mat, multiply this times several mats and you’re looking at several thousand dollars. Compared to the investment in purchasing a high-quality, durable mat such as Matworks Zephyr, Monster, Dreadnought, Preference or Ambassador, the difference is certain.
  • A recent ROI analysis for a grocery chain produced an $800k savings over a three-year period. Additionally, purchased mats come with a warranty, will not shrink, wrinkle, curl or become trip hazards.

Selection 

  • Some mat rentals companies may not stock a variety of colors and sizes. If your organization’s aesthetic or functional requirements are not standard you will be forced to pick from a limited selection.

Safety & Quality

  • Rental mats tend to stay in circulation for many years, thus reducing the quality. They can break down with constant washing; the hot water and chemicals can have an effect on the durability of the fiber. Throughout years of circulation, dirt and water can be tracked into the building, necessitating more maintenance and potential safety hazards.
  • When renting multiple mats from the same company you could receive mats in completely different conditions. Some may not be exactly the same size, causing tripping hazards.

 

Investing in high quality mats from a company who has been designing and manufacturing product for national retailers for nearly 50 years is more cost-effective long term, while reinforcing the image of your brand.

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.

Service Solutions: Why Your Cleaning Company Matters

As the adage goes, first impressions are everything – particularly in a retail environment. When a customer enters a store, their first impression creates an experience, telling them a story about the company and brand. Those initial seconds will inform the customer about the cleanliness and care taken to ensure a pleasant and safe experience. Not only is cleaning important in how a customer perceives your facility and brand, it is also critical for risk management, reducing overall maintenance costs and employee satisfaction.

The consistency of your brand and promoting a safe environment are enhanced dramatically with a quality cleaning partner.

Benefits of choosing the right cleaning partner:

  • Reduces slips and falls
  • Improves store image
  • Routine cleaning and maintenance makes daily cleanings easier
  • Vestibules remain clean for longer periods of time

The Matworks cleaning division has grown consistently since its inception in 2007, doubling our business the past year. We have been providing product and service solutions for nearly 50 years. We recognize an immaculate facility has a critical impact on your customers’ experience, employees’ satisfaction and just as importantly – your brand.

Please 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.