In commercial kitchens and public bathrooms, slippery floors and standing water pose dangerous risks for customers and employees alike. These are hazards that can easily lead to slips, trips, and falls. Such accidents can cause serious injuries and even death in some cases. Luckily, the Rubber Flooring Experts can help you prevent such accidents from occurring. We offer a complete line of drainage mats that act as a simple, easy to install, and cost effective solution to the problem of slippery floors. Drainage rubber mats protect both customers and employees from accidents and injuries by keeping high-traffic areas dry, adding slip resistance to areas where fall accidents are most dangerous, and providing safe floor surfaces to walk on. Our water resistant flooring mats are modular and can be installed in a hurry!
The secret behind the effectiveness of these drainage mats lies within the rubber material itself. Rubber is unaffected by and does not absorb moisture, whether from spilled water or from weather conditions. This unique feature makes rubber an inherently water-resistant flooring option, which is the basis of its strengths as a slip-resistant flooring solution. Our rubber drainage mats are designed for the sole purpose of keeping water and other moisture away from well-travelled areas. Equipped with holes that allow moisture to flow off the surface, drainage rubber mats make the continued use of any given area possible, regardless of spills or wet weather that might turn the floor slippery. Better yet, rubber does not allow for the growth of microbial byproducts like mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can develop in the floor when excess moisture is left unchecked, but rubber is not a suitable material for their development. Our drainage rubber mats can reduce accidents and the effects of bad weather conditions while also presenting a more hospitable floor for customers and employees to walk safely on.
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There are a great multitude of different settings where drainage mats are highly useful in protecting people from wet floors. On one hand, you can install water-resistant flooring in public restrooms that have an unfortunate presence of leaky faucets and finicky toilets. At the same time, you can place these drainage rubber mats in a commercial kitchen area where several cooks are accidentally splashing various kinds of liquids onto the floor. Although these may be two different situations on the surface, they are similar in the fact that both situations involve wet floors that can increase the chances of a harmful slip-and-fall accident occurring. All it takes it one wrong step for somebody to fall over and hit their head. Impacts to the head can be far more serious than they appear, potentially causing head trauma, which can prove fatal in serious cases. By making use of our drainage rubber mats in places that are prone to wet floors, you will increase traction in these potentially hazardous areas, protect visitors from dangerous falls and injuries, and ensure that your business runs smoothly.
Not all spilled liquids are water. There may be some occasions when the spilled liquid in question is something heavier, like an oil or grease. For instance, commercial kitchens are just as likely to accidentally spill cooking oil as they are to spill water. While all rubber is water resistant, natural and recycled rubbers tend not to handle oil well. For this reason, we offer some drainage mats that are made out of synthetic, oil-resistant rubbers like nitrile. Nitrile rubber is an elastomer that is often used in applications that involve oils and greases of various kinds. While the usual natural and recycled rubbers may not have the best resistance to prolonged exposure to oil, nitrile rubber can survive contact with such materials with ease. Thanks to this property, drainage mats made from nitrile rubber can protect against the hazards of slippery floors, whether they are slippery with water or oil.
The holes on our drainage mats can also filter through minor solid debris. If the particles are small enough, they can fit into the holes. This feature is especially useful in the kitchen areas of the food service industry. In many kitchens, it is not uncommon to see small food particles fall on the floor and lie forgotten next to the cook. These food particles can easily become a trip or slip hazard, causing someone to fall over and injure themselves. As with liquid spills, drainage holes allow this solid debris to clear off the top surface of the mat, keeping it free of trip hazards. Aside from food particles, some solid particles that can be drained through our drainage rubber mats are rocks, sand, gravel, ice cubes, and more.
In addition to moisture resistance and drainage holes, drainage mats provide decent slip resistance thanks to their rubber texture. Rubber is a material that is ideal for improving the overall traction enjoyed by feet in an area. It has a high coefficient of friction, providing enough movement resistance to keep feet safe and secure, thus preventing fall accidents. Because rubber does not absorb water, it will not lose its anti-slip qualities even if it is wet. Few other materials can boast this unique quality, and not all of them are as affordable as rubber.
Additionally, drainage rubber mats with thick gauges of rubber can demonstrate anti-fatigue comfort, an attribute that is very welcome in commercial kitchens. Chefs, dishwashers, and other foodservice employees spend hours on their feet without reprieve. Often times, they are standing on hard concrete or tile surfaces. These surfaces do not allow for any stress relief. Since rubber material is naturally elastic, rubber flooring protects employees from stress injuries as well as fatigue. It can help relieve any pressure that slowly builds up in the back, feet, and ankles.
Create a safe, slip-free space in your business with rubber drainage mats from the Rubber Flooring Experts. Contact a product specialist today to help you with your floor safety project!