Winter Flooring Woes: Why Renting Mats Is the Smart Choice

Posted on: November 6th, 2023 by Maddie Schneider | No Comments

As the winter months approach, we’ve all experienced the havoc that snow, salt, mud, and other winter elements can wreak on shoes and floors. It’s not just about tidiness; it’s also a matter of safety. That’s where floor mats come into play.


“I come across scenarios like this frequently while on my route,” says Derek Miller, a CITY Route Service Representative. “I am always trying to talk to my customers about floor mats if they don’t have one and I believe they could benefit from one. It can really make a difference, and it’s an easy addition to the service they are already getting from me.”


A common question is, “Why rent mats when you can buy them?” While both options can keep debris at bay and prevent accidents, the service accompanying a rental mat program truly sets it apart.


Sure, you can purchase your own mats and strategically place them, but countless mat options are available. Scraper mats, anti-fatigue mats, and anti-slip mats can be found in stores, but do you know which ones are best for your business?


With over a century of experience as a facility service provider, we’ve supplied businesses across the Midwest with floor care solutions, and we understand the right questions to ask to help you choose the right mats for your needs.


Here are some important factors to consider:


1. Maintenance


Who will be responsible for cleaning your store-bought mats when they get dirty? How often will they be cleaned, and what cleaning methods will be used?


When you rent floor mats from CITY, they are professionally handled. We partner with laundry experts and chemists who have developed the perfect formula to ensure your mats are thoroughly cleaned. We follow a precise washing protocol and provide fresh, clean mats as often as your business requires.


2. Quality Products and Versatility


Do you know which type of mat to purchase? Do you know which brands are considered high-quality, or which mats will meet OSHA requirements and prevent slips, trips, and falls?


We are experts in the floor care business, so you don’t have to be. We’re well-versed in safety regulations and can offer guidance through our mat programs. We serve as a one-stop-shop and can provide various mats from some of the best producers in the country. Whether you need logo mats, productivity-enhancing anti-fatigue mats, external scraper mats, or traditional office mats, we have the expertise to assist your business.


3. Customer Service


Do you know when to retire an old mat and replace it with a new one? Who will be responsible for purchasing the mats, and are you hoping that online options will work, sparing you the hassle of return shipping?


With a rental program, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. We customize plans and offer different mat types to fully meet your needs. If you initially order one rental floor mat but realize you need another for a different area, no problem. We maintain a large inventory and can provide a consistent look throughout your facility.


For over a century, CITY has placed customers first. Our goal is to be the most responsive launderer in the region. We understand mats are crucial in keeping you, your employees, and your customers safe, especially during winter.


The Occupational Health and Safety Administration estimates that slips, trips, and falls cause nearly 700 yearly fatalities, along with many more injuries. Messy winter weather can easily contribute to dangerous situations, where a lack of traction on the floor leads to painful slips. The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) has devised standards for floor mat manufacturers to make mats more reliable and safer for customers nationwide.


To prevent slips and falls effectively, the NFSI recommends mats with a “high-traction backing.” This is currently the only nationally recognized standard for measuring the slip-resistant qualities of floor mat backing. It was developed because mats lacking a high-traction backing are more likely to shift, increasing the risk of accidents.


At CITY, we identify these potential risks and partner with top mat manufacturers to provide high-quality products that offer peace of mind to you and anyone entering your facility.

In conclusion, partnering with CITY ensures your floor mats are expertly cared for. We pick them up, professionally clean them, and inspect their quality before returning them to you. This way, you have everything you need to look your best and stay safe.


If you want to learn more about how we can assist with your floor care needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us or read more about our floor care program options [here]. Stay safe and keep your floors clean this winter!


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