Tips for Cleaning Your Entryway Recess

Many commercial and public facilities rely on recessed mats, grills, and tiles to capture incoming debris and contaminants on a daily basis. These recessed products are designed to promote safety while also maintaining overall facility health and cleanliness. In order to attain both of those objectives, however, recessed products must be kept clean and functional.

Follow these tips for keeping recessed grills, mats, and tiles clean throughout the year, and reap the benefits of a safer and healthier facility. Have additional cleaning tips to share with the Eagle Mat editors and blog community? Leave them in the Comments section below!

1. Know when to roll-back and clean.

Certain types of recessed mats have a special roll-back feature to enable easy cleaning of the underlying recess. Those products include the Pedimat® and Peditred®, each of which provide tough cleaning capabilities for facilities of all kinds. The Pedigrid® is a closely related product, however this version features an industrial-strength construction that cannot be “rolled back” to clean. Instead, it must be lifted from the recess, though only infrequently for cleaning purposes. In each of these instances, recesses are adequately cleaned by the use of a shop-vac or similar industrial-strength vacuum.

2. Use industrial-strength vacuum to lift heavy soot and debris.

If your recessed products do not feature a “roll back” feature, it’s likely they are simple mats and/or tiles made of carpet, polypropylene, or vinyl. In each of these instances, the recessed products will benefit greatly from a regular cleaning with an industrial strength vacuum. Unlike ordinary vacuums designed for residential use, industrial-strength vacuums have the ability to lift heavy soot and debris that is stomped deep into the surface of mats/tiles after hours of steady foot traffic.

3. Do not neglect surrounding areas.

Did you know: Upwards of 60% of slip and fall accidents are the result of poorly maintained floors. With that alarming statistic in mind, consider how important it is to not only clean recessed grills, mats, and tiles, but also to maintain the integrity of the surrounding floor spaces. After all, clean mats will not prevent an accident if the walking surface immediately after the mats is slick, dirty, or otherwise left in a dangerous condition.

4. Take proactive measures to prevent dirt, moisture, and debris from entering the facility.

If clean recesses and safe entryways are your priority, then the proactive prevention of debris accumulation should rank high on your list of daily objectives. By reducing total debris inflow, facility managers can simultaneously reduce the time and energy required to keep flooring products clean. This is best achieved through outdoor matting and Rubber Scraper Mats, both of which aggressively clean dirt and wet debris from shoes as guests approach the entryway.

5. Use runner mats to capture additional debris before the entryway.

In addition to outdoor matting and Rubber Scraper mats, entryway runners can be very helpful in removing excessive dirt and contaminants from shoes, before they have the chance to enter the building. Runners also provide traction along the walkway leading up to the entryway, further reducing the likelihood that a slip and fall may occur.

6. Get a professional deep clean often.

This applies to removable mats and runners only. As often as needed, rotate soiled mats with clean ones to ensure maximum control of both wet and dry debris. Hire a professional matting rental and rotation services company to assist in this process.

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