To ensure that your anti fatigue mats continue to provide you with many years of uninterrupted use, it’s important that you clean them regularly. Many people are hesitant to clean their mats because they’re worried about damaging them, but it’s important to realise that you’re actually doing more damage by leaving them dirty. Here are our top cleaning tips and instructions:
Mats can be swept, mopped and vacuumed just like any other floors. Avoid using a sopping wet mop; a damp one will be much better at removing dirt and debris from the surface. Be sure to clean up any spills right away (fruit juice, vinegar, alcoholic beverages and similar food/drinks are prone to discolouring non-black areas if allowed to sit on the surface for extended periods).
Every now and then, it’s a good idea to disinfect your mats. This will help to protect them against bacteria, viruses, fungus and mildew growth. It is perfectly safe to use a diluted bleach solution or an alcohol-based solution as a disinfectant. There are also a number of products on the market that have been specifically designed for cleaning such mats.
Tips for Movement
As many of these mats are designed to remain in place, they can be quite heavy and awkward so knowing how to move them in order to clean the underside is a must. We recommend rolling one end towards the middle, which will provide you with access to the floor and underside of half of the mat. Roll it back into place after it has dried and repeat on the other side.
Are there any chemicals that should be avoided?
It is important to keep in mind that some chemicals could damage the integrity of the mat, so it’s important that they are avoided at all costs. These include hydrocarbon solvents (such as paint thinners), oil-based cleaning solutions (such as Pinesol), paste wax and vinyl cleaners. If you’re ever in any doubt, test the chemical on an inconspicuous area to see what happens.
Do underside cells create infection control issues?
Some people are concerned that anti fatigue mats with cells on the underside could raise infection control issues. Whilst we certainly understand your concern, we want to stress that there are no issues. The material used is non-porous and can be sealed against absorption. The seams where mats are joined can also be sealed to prevent invasion.
If you want to clean your anti fatigue mats, we hope that the information provided here has given you a much better idea of how this can be achieved without causing damage. If you have any questions or hesitations when it comes to cleaning, we recommend speaking to the company that supplied the mat – they will be able to provide you with some recommendations.