Choosing the Correct Anti-Fatigue Mat For Your Business
There are literally hundreds of different types of anti-fatigue matting on the market today. You can choose from different surfaces, colors, sizes, materials, and the list goes on and on. So how do you know which mat is the correct mat for your application? Here are a few things to consider when selecting your anti-fatigue matting:
Do you have a dry or wet work station? Mats are made specifically for wet or dry areas or applications that require both. You can use just about any type of anti-fatigue mat for dry areas, but if you have a wet area, you may want to choose a rubber perforated mat for drainage and avoid foam anti-fatigue mats that can get saturated with liquids. If your area is exposed to grease and oils, you may want to consider a nitrile rubber mat or a mat with a grit top surface to provide additional traction.
How much time do you spend at your work station? Anti-Fatigue Matting comes in a variety of thicknesses to provide different levels of comfort. To find the best thickness for your area, you must first determine how much time you spend at your workstation on average. Let’s say you need a comfortable mat for behind the cash register, but you are only back there a couple times an hours for a minute or two at a time. In this case a thinner mat such as 1/4" or 3/8” Soft Foot foam matting would suffice. Now let’s say business is booming and you are behind the register for nearly 8 hours straight, in which case you would want to go with a 5/8” or 1” thick mat.
How big is your work space? You may be fine with just a standard size mat for your application, but some work stations require larger coverage. For example, you may have a wood working shop with machinery all around you and you need matting in all areas in between. This is where an interlocking tile such as the Ergo Deck or Cushion Ease Solid Tiles might come into play. Maybe you need matting for behind a bar but it is an odd length. In this case you could have any of our rolled anti-fatigue matting cut to a specific length for you (to the nearest ft).
Is your mat going to be placed where customers can see it? If this is the case, you probably want a mat that is functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. Not all matting needs to look industrial, which is why there are also what are called “Designer Anti-Fatigue Mats”. These mats can come in an array of colors as well as different styles such as alligator skin print, faux hard wood flooring or marble top print, or even a custom mat with your business logo or a message.
Still not sure what type of mat is best for you? Call Commercial Mats and Rubber customer service @ 1-800-810-7847 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.