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Four Questions to Help you Evaluate Anti-Fatigue Mats

High quality anti-fatigue mats will provide comfort in homes or at work, reducing the discomfort associated with being on your feet all day.

How can you be sure that the quality of your anti-fatigue mat is up to standard…? Is it about the style, colour or texture? For those of you who are wondering, here are some questions you should ask before you buy anti fatigue mats.

1. When stepped on, does the mat adequately respond to any movement?

A good quality anti-fatigue mat not only provides comfort, it also provides adequate responsiveness whenever someone uses it.

Here are some things you can check:

  • The mat should have the ability to rapidly return to its original shape when the weight is shifted
  • If a load is placed on it regularly, it shouldn’t leave any compressed areas

If your mat fails one or both of these tests, it may also fail to guarantee good everyday support.

2. Does the mat resist movement?

If a mat slips when it is stepped on, this is not a good sign.

The material from which the anti-fatigue mat is manufactured can be the reason for the easy movement. Moreover, the breakdown of foam formulations can cause the build-up of a slippery layer of fine dust between the mat and the floor.

A good quality anti-fatigue matting material should resist any movement when in use.

3. Is it easy to clean?

Mats that have domed or uneven surfaces and through-holes may be difficult to clean as they can easily trap moisture and foreign matter.

Mats that are commonly used in food preparation areas may trap bacteria and food particles in their sliced foam cells, making them more difficult to clean.

Ideally, your mats should offer easy cleaning benefits without the need for specialised equipment. If your mat requires a difficult and time consuming cleaning process, it is not the mat for you.

4. Can it resist bottoming out?

The appropriate thickness of a mat is required to resist “bottoming out.”

What is bottoming out?

This happens when a mat is too soft; the mat will be a little too hard because the cushioning material is thoroughly compressed. It’s just like stepping on the floor without the mat.

A good quality mat should have a bottoming out depth capacity of more than 5mm and a thickness that is greater than 10mm (as suggested by studies). This is called the “densification strain” or the percentage of thickness, which must exceed 50% to achieve the following:

  • Good balance of stability and instability
  • Optimal compressibility

If you have any further rubber matting concerns, you only have to ask the experts… we’d be happy to help!

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