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The Dirty Facts about Dust and Floor Mats

Mark Stedman - Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The Dirty Facts about Dust and Floor Mats

So, you think you know about dust and floor mats?

Below is the latest research (brace yourself...) followed by an explanation of how floor mats will save you money, why rental mats work better and why renting from The Roscoe Company makes "cents" (in addition to renting work uniforms from us).

Floor Mats & Dust by the Numbers

  • 90% of the dust, dirt and grime in public buildings is "tracked in" from the outside - Textile Rental Services Association
  • Studies show that one square yard of commercial grade carpeting can accumulate one pound of dirt over a week period and up to twice as much during inclement weather - International Sanitary Supply Association
  • The estimated cost of removing a single pound of dirt from a modern building today can exceed $750 - International Sanitary Supply Association
  • We estimate that only 10% of dirt is removed from mats with a vacuum cleaner - Georgia State University Test
  • Tests have shown that about 30% of the dirt coming into a building is picked up in the first three feet of matting, while 85% is picked up in the first 15 feet; 20 feet of matting should get nearly 100% of the dirt coming through the door - International Sanitary Supply Association
  • 91% of shoppers select a store to shop in because of its appearance - Progressive Grocer
  • 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors - Industrial Safety & Occupational Health
  • The average cost of a fall/slip worker’s compensation claim is $42,152 - Injury Facts
  • Without entrance matting, foot traffic can remove 42% of the finish from the floor - 3M Company
  • It is estimated that 90% of building maintenance cost is labor - Cleaning Management

Floor Mats Save You Money

  • Premature carpet replacement
  • Excessive maintenance (stripping, waxing, replacement) on hard surface floors
  • Excess mopping during inclement weather

Why Rental Mats Work Better

  • Unless mats are changed and professionally cleaned on a regular basis, they stop doing an effective job and can actually become a source of dirt; when wet shoes track across a soiled mat, dust and dirt contained in the mat clings to the bottom of the shoe and is spread throughout the building
  • Our rental mats are made of a heat-twisted nylon yarn that springs back after being stepped on; dust and dirt is scraped off shoes and falls to the bottom of the mat until we pick it up for cleaning; other types of yarn "mat down" leaving dust/dirt on top of the mat, which is spread throughout the building as people walk on it
  • Our rental mats are constructed of nitrile rubber, which lays flat, is skid resistant and ADA compliant

Why It Makes "Cents" to Rent from Roscoe

  • No initial or ongoing inventory investment for customer with a regular pick-up, cleaning and delivery service
  • Extensive product line and flexible programs for changing needs
  • Our mats enhance safety and the image of your building
  • With no investment and reduced maintenance and damage to floors, it is less expensive for a Roscoe mat rental system versus purchasing and maintaining mats or not having floor mats at all

What more do you need to know about floor mats and dust?

Contact us for a rental quote for custom, logo and rubber floor mats and/or door mats today

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