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Protective Floor Mats

Protective floor mats are commonly used in entryways and foyers to protect floors from dirt and water brought in from the street or yard. They can also be used along hallways, walkways or paths.

Mats made from polypropylene can be used indoors or outside; they have a ridged surface that makes them excellent dirt scrapers. Polyester mats are for indoor use only, but they are less expensive. They have a cut pile look which picks up dirt and moisture. These mats are generally manufactured in sizes from 2 feet by 3 feet up to 4 feet by 8 feet.

Look for the following when buying protective mats:

  • Mats should have a heavy duty non-slip vinyl backing.
  • Mats should not curl at the edges, shrink due to wetness or crack from cold weather.
  • The top surface should be crush resistant and absorbant.
  • The mat should be stain and fade resistant.
  • Darker colors will show less dirt, but mats also come in mixed blends of colors which hide dirt effectively.

These mats can be used seasonally to protect floors from rain, snow, ice and mud or year round to reduce wear on fine floor finishes. Clean the mats by sweeping, vacuuming or washing with clear water.

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