Why matting?

Soil Removal
Plastex high performance entrance flooring systems will prevent dirt from entering buildings, keep shoes clean and effectively reduce cleaning and maintenance costs.

Documented evidence shows that 80% of the dirt entering a building is taken in on the soles of shoes and on the tyres of wheeled traffic. Because this involves people passing from outside to inside a building bringing a mixture of dirt, grit and moisture, unprotected entrances can be slippery and hazardous underfoot. Dirt can also quickly work its way into interior floorcoverings with as much as 1kg building up in an area of less than a square metre of carpet within 14 days, even in good weather conditions. Considering the high cost of dirt removal, this is an unnecessary burden on cleaning requirements and maintenance budgets. Moreover, the ingression of dirt into textile and resilient floorcoverings can erode the floor finish, damage the surface and significantly reduce the life expectancy of a floorcovering.

It is therefore essential to use an effective entrance flooring system for the protection of internal floors, to reduce the requirement of floor cleaning and minimize the risk of slipping.

BS 7953: 1999 Entrance Flooring Systems selection, installation and maintenance, Part 4 states:

The majority of soil entering a building originates from the soles of people entering a building. Other sources are the wheels of vehicles, for example wheelchairs and wind-borne soil. The amount of soil brought into a building varies according to the weather and external conditions, such as building work.

The function of the entrance flooring system is to:
- reduce the incidence of slipping accidents by reducing the amount of soil and moisture tracked onto hard and resilient floors
- prolong the life of interior floors by reducing the ingress of soil into the interior floors/floorcoverings
- reduce cleaning requirements of internal floors by reducing the ingress of soil into the interior floors/floorcoverings

To fulfil these functions an entrance flooring system should have the following qualities:

- removal and retention of soil
- ease of cleaning and maintenance
- retention of physical characteristics

Part 5 of this standard continues:
- The entrance flooring system should scrape, wipe and retain, whilst making contact with both feet of people entering the building and, in the case of wheeled traffic, with the circumference of the wheels.

The Disability Act 1995 (c.50) also has a major impact on how entrance matting is to be specified. This is set out in:

BS8300: 2001 Building design and approach to meet the needs of disabled people code of practice. Clause 9.1.3 states:
- Floor surfaces should be slip resistant to give a firm foothold and good wheel grip under all wet and dry conditions.