Bars, restaurants, and commercial kitchens are often drowning in moisture caused by spills. Whether this moisture comes from spilled beverages or water, any spill creates a slippery and hazardous floor. Slippery floors can pose great physical and financial risks for bars and restaurants, both to their staff and customers alike. Many injuries occur every day in bars and commercial kitchens throughout the country due to the unsafe, slippery conditions caused by spilled liquids. These injuries can become significant liabilities for establishments in the food industry. As an owner or manager of such an establishment, now is the best time to take proactive steps to ensure safety in your bar, restaurant, or kitchen. The Rubber Flooring Experts offer an easy safety solution to slips and falls with our rubber bar mats, which are slip resistant, anti-fatigue, and durable even in the most abrasive conditions.
Rubber mats can prevent moisture from turning kitchen and bar floors into dangerous areas while also keeping high-traffic areas dry. You should not run the risk of having your cooks, bartenders, or servers walking over slippery areas while carrying valuable dishes and other orders. Rubber is naturally slip resistant as a material and possesses a high coefficient of friction, especially against the soles of footwear. This friction is the key behind the improved traction offered by rubber bar mats. You will experience just enough resistance to help keep your footing stable and secure while walking over the mats. This one feature by itself has made rubber a popular flooring solution in many different types of venues. Furthermore, rubber’s excellent grip contributes to its anti-slip properties by providing traction even in slippery areas. You can place a bar runner mat in a heavily trafficked area to prevent floors from becoming safety hazards and protect staff and patrons from injuries.
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Our rubber bar mats are able to provide excellent anti-fatigue comfortability. Rubber is gifted with a natural suppleness that supports the human body and provides extra foot cushioning on unforgiving kitchen and bar floors. Most commercial areas come with hard floors that are made of concrete or vinyl tile. The problem with such floor surfaces is that they are hard and cold to stand on, offering zero comfort for those who have to stand on them for extended lengths of time. In bars and restaurants, hard floors can cause great physical fatigue and discomfort for their employees, who are required to be on their feet on a constant basis throughout their shift. Rubber is a great alternative to stand on because it is inherently more elastic than concrete or tile, making it softer and more comfort to stand on. This comfortability gives rubber an edge over other types of flooring materials for kitchen and bar floors. By providing a comfortable surface to stand on, rubber bar mats reduce fatigue in employees, allowing them to work harder before they become exhausted. The level of comfort provided by rubber also varies with the specific thickness of a mat, so be sure to look carefully at the gauge when selecting a bar runner mat. Increase your employees' productivity levels by placing some thick rubber bar mats behind your bar!
Rubber bar floors are very useful to have in place because they help prevent damage to the area due to rubber’s natural resistance to water and liquids. For some rubber bar mats, this can include resistance to some greases and oils. Natural and recycled rubber usually do not handle oil and grease well. For this reason, when it comes to commercial kitchen areas in particular, oils and greases are very common. For applications that specifically involve these substances, we offer some matting options that are made of a special synthetic rubber called nitrile. Nitrile rubber is very resistant to the types of oils and greases that standard natural rubber is not. While nitrile rubber is known for its oil resistance, it still retains the other great non-slip traction and anti-fatigue comfort capabilities as other natural and recycled rubber mats. Rest assured that if you have nitrile rubber bar mats installed, they would be able to comfortably handle the cooking oils and greases present in the kitchen.
In some instances, a commercial kitchen or bar might have a need for a bar runner mat that can drain away excess and unwanted liquids off from its surface. That is why some of our rubber bar mats have drainage holes located throughout their surfaces. These holes are meant to facilitate the passage of excess liquids and even small enough solid debris particles. By allowing liquids and solid debris to clear off, drainage holes keep the top surface of the rubber mat relatively clean and dry. These holes also trap said liquids and debris within the mat, preventing them from spreading across kitchen and bar floors and turning them slippery. Rubber bar mats with drainage holes are a great way to ensure that cooks and bartenders have safe, clean rubber surfaces to stand on.
Best of all, rubber bar floors are longer lasting than typical surfaces because they are made with a tough, durable material and are easy to clean. Don’t worry about having to replace them too frequently, as many of our rubber bar mats contain recycled tire material. Like the tires they come from, recycled rubber is resistant to water and abrasion. Simple soap mixed with water is often the best solution for cleaning a bar runner mat made from rubber. If the need arises where you have to use a cleaning agent, be sure to use only non-caustic common household detergents. Since rubber bar mats can be kept in good condition without any special cleaning agents, they are fairly low maintenance.
Get the anti-slip protection you need in your commercial kitchen, restaurant, or bar with our rubber bar mats. Contact a Rubber Flooring Expert for assistance, or browse our bestselling items!