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Aside from adding to the look and curbside appeal of your building, entrance mats serve several purposes, and may be all but required for Minnesota companies when winter snowfall arrives.

Long-term, purchasing a custom entrance mat will save your organization a significant amount of money, and allow you to personalize its look to compliment your particular brand.

In addition to our commercial hard surface flooring services,  Vanguard Cleaning Systems of Minnesota offers commercial matting solutions for your entrance, hallways and heavy traffic areas. From standard entrance, anti-fatigue, and anti-static mats  to mats with logo customized designs, Vanguard Cleaning Systems of Minnesota can provide you with a wide variety colors, shapes and sizes to meet any matting need.

Commercial matting provides necessary slip and fall prevention that, if left unaddressed, could potentially result in litigious action in the event of an accident.


Depending on the amount and type of foot traffic in and out of your facility, as well as the typical outdoor environment, it may be more prudent to purchase multiple types and lengths of commercial mats to suit your particular purpose.

Additionally, whether you decide to rent or purchase your commercial mats, you will need to establish cost-effective cleaning guidelines to prevent accidents and dirt and contaminant transfer. Commercial matting can create a significant barrier against the trasfer of dirt and germs but only if they are properly maintained.



Initially, renting may seem more economically viable than purchasing, but the short-term cost-savings is quickly eclipsed by long-term rental and maintenance fees.

High-performance commercial mats come in multiple shapes and sizes, as well as types that serve a dedicated purpose.  Rentals are usually a smaller doormat made of inferior materials.

Once the rental mats are worn down, they must be replaced, or they could potentially pose a health and safety risk due to matting and water overflow, or a lessened ability to capture contaminants, allowing dirt and germs to be tracked across the floor.


The type, size, and makeup of your mat will depend on several factors:


The size can be determined by the area that needs protection.

High footfall hallways should be covered to extend past the traffic area, while an elevator floor should be covered almost entirely.

Bathroom entryways won’t need very large coverage, but a mat should ideally be placed on both sides of the doorway.

Mats should provide at least 5 feet of coverage on either side of a door, allowing them to trap an estimated 85 percent of soil and contaminant, with 25-foot mats capturing an estimated 95 percent.


Not all matting was created with the same intent or purpose in mind.

Scraper mats are typically large and heavy, made of thick rubber, and placed on the inside and outside of primary entrances to remove as much soil as possible before walking across the floor, making them ideal for areas with a lot of mud or snow.

Other high-performance mats are coated in an antimicrobial additive that eliminates mold and bacteria, as well as controlling odors, making them ideal for primary and restroom entryways.

Regardless, all mats should either be thick enough to not slip, or come manufactured with a non-slip surface on the bottom.

Additionally, beveled edges are recommended to prevent tripping hazards.



Regardless if you choose to rent or purchase matting, your budgeting will need to cover more than initial costs.

Mats must be cleaned regularly to remove all of the trapped soil and maintain their appearance and performance.

Rental companies rarely provide necessary daily vacuum services, with many offering a two-week exchange plan, leaving the facilities manager to deal with the additional cost of daily maintenance.

High-quality matting can include your company logo, or be custom-cut to fit precisely in entryways, providing a professional appearance and appeal, as well as make your building a healthier and safer place to work or patron.

An alternative that could potentially lower purchasing expenses and protect the environment would be recycled rubber mats.


Aside from entry and hallway placement, matting should be placed in high footfall areas, including:

  •  Transitional areas between buildings.
  • Inside elevators and at the entrance of escalators, and;
  • Around water fountains, as well as dining areas.

Additionally, consider placing:

  •  Anti-static mats next to electronic equipment, and;
  • Anti-fatigue mats at employee workstations.

Over overlap mats or install them on carpeting, as this could curl the matting and create a tripping hazard.




Mats are an investment, and they need to be cared for as such, especially considering the volume of dirt they absorb daily.

  •  Vacuum the mats daily with a HEPA filtered vacuum.
  • Make sure the floor under the matting, as well as the bottom of the mat itself, is dry and clean to prevent molding, which will eventually create a slip hazard.
  • Have the mats professionally cleaned with a dirt extractor on a regular basis.
  • Make sure to roll, not fold the mats for transfer and storage.


Professional mats are designed with a specific purpose in mind, and you should consult a professional regarding your needs, as well as maintenance and cleaning costs and services.

Commercial matting costs are  based on the specifics of your project.

  1. When you request a quote, Vanguard will contact you to arrange a site visit.
  2. During the visit, a Vanguard Cleaning expert will listen carefully before suggesting options that meet your needs and budget.
  3. After the visit, Vanguard will provide you with a written quote. You can accept the proposal or request adjustments if needed.
  4. Once you sign a matting agreement, your Vanguard account manager will get the mats ordered and keep you updated on the process. Note: it can take 2-3 weeks for delivery

Let’s get started on your matting project today!