Many people don’t realize that cooking—especially in commercial kitchens—can be seriously hard work. Whether you are a gourmet chef, an at-home culinary artist, or simply a parent with hungry mouths to feed, cooking is more often a marathon than a sprint. It can be exhausting work to make that classic fettuccini alfredo dish, or to try out that new beef goulash recipe. But chef mats can be used to great effect to make those hours spent at the stove far more comfortable.
Without any sort of chef mats in place, standing and working on a hard kitchen floor for hours can take a toll on your joints, not to mention your lower back and leg muscles. In the short term this can cause quite a bit of discomfort, but in the long term, physical fatigue in these areas can lead to more serious health problems. When cooking, whether it be in a commercial kitchen or the one you have at home, it is imperative that you stay as comfortable as possible and ease the pressure on your body – and that is where we come in.
Combat physical fatigue with rubber chef mats from the Rubber Flooring Experts! These rubber mats – also called cooking mats or referred to as a comfort mat – offer incredible anti-fatigue cushioning and slip-resistance so that you can work hard to create tasty dishes for your friends and family in relative safety and comfort. Some chef mats are also made from eco-friendly recycled rubber materials, giving you the opportunity to acquire comfort mat products with a superior level of padding and durability at an affordable price.
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Chef mats have many great qualities, but rubber’s natural elasticity is the key component when applied for use in a comfort mat. The rubber in our cooking mats is flexible and shock absorbent, so that the chef mats provide much-needed joint protection, cushioning, and physical support. While the natural elasticity of rubber is perfect for providing suitable underfoot cushioning, the material used in cooking mats is also dense enough to provide the right level of support, which in turn helps a person’s joints. The primary areas of concern when it comes to physical fatigue are the feet, ankles, and lower back. Over prolonged periods of time, these areas tend to become uncomfortable. Pressure begins to slowly accumulate in the joints and soles of the feet, eventually spreading upwards into the ankles and the lower back. This physical discomfort can end up putting you in severe pain and distracting your attention from the cooking tasks at hand. Standing on comfortable rubber chef mats, as opposed to a tile or linoleum floor, will help you focus on your recipes, rather than your aching back!
There is scientific reasoning for the relief that chef mats offer. A lot of the pain that develops in a person’s muscles as they stand in the kitchen stem from a lack of blood flow. The surface of a comfort mat pushes the feet and legs into making small movements, which improves circulation and eases and pain.
Despite the comfort mat tag, rubber cooking mats carry several other advantages in the kitchen. Chef mats also serve as excellent safety precautions for slippery kitchen floors. This can be handy in the kitchen, which is perhaps the room in the house which is most susceptible to the presence of loose liquids. You may have to deal with water spilling from the sink, oils spitting from pans, grease splattering onto the floor and even pots bubbling over. The good news is that rubber cooking mats can help with reducing many of these dangers.
To start with, rubber is naturally water-resistant and our chef mats can prevent water from pooling in hazardous, slippery puddles. Aside from this rubber comfort mat quality, many mats also have a design feature which allows them to clear standing water. Some of our chef mats feature large drainage holes that allow liquids to seep through the surface of the mat and drain away from the walking or standing surface. This helps keep the surface of the chef mats cleaner and safer for you to be on top of. They also bring the benefit of draining through small solid particles, such as food morsels that spill onto your floor. These features would also be found in cooking mats in a professional restaurant, but can be just as effective in your home kitchen. Keep your floor dry and slip-free during the lunch rush with an anti-slip rubber comfort mat.
Although rubber cooking mats help to keep fluids from building up on the flooring surface, sometimes liquids do pool. In some instances, people can slip and fall even on dry floors due to a misplaced foot. Rubber can prevent this from happening because it comes with a high degree of friction. The rubber material used to create chef mats give you more foot traction, allowing you to move more freely on a comfort mat while maintaining safety and balance. This means that you will be able to keep your footing while dashing around the kitchen. Rubber chef mats can also maintain these slip-resistant qualities when exposed to water. Better yet, cooking mats prevent the unwanted development of moisture-related byproducts like mold and mildew, which leads to a cleaner and healthier kitchen.
While surface water can be an issue in the kitchen, it is just as important to guard against oil and grease spills, as these can be a primary source of potential kitchen accidents. Our rubber chef mats are available in oil and grease-resistant varieties that help to avoid any potentially hazardous situations these liquids can cause. The best products in this case are cooking mats that are made from nitrile rubber. Nitrile is a synthetic elastomer that is best used in applications that involve various types of oils and greases. Chef mats made of nitrile will be able to resist damage from the cooking oils and greases that it comes into contact with, while also providing the same great comfort qualities of their natural and recycled rubber counterparts. If your cooking involves a lot of oils, get a comfort mat made from nitrile rubber.
With these great benefits in mind, there is no reason to risk the discomfort and slipping hazards you are exposed to without chef mats. These comfortable rubber cooking mats. will help to keep your kitchen safe, your meals fun, and your body relaxed and moving freely. Call a Rubber Flooring Expert for assistance, or browse our bestselling mats today!