Buying Guides

Logo Mats for Schools

It's that time of year again - the leaves have fallen from the trees and the daylight seems to be with us for only a few hours of the day. It's also the time that many homes, businesses and organisations upgrade their entrance matting to cope with the inevitable rainy weather. Having talked to lots of leaders in the education space, we have realised that it is a constant challenge to maintain the high level of learning. A huge part of this is creating a clean, professional and motivational environment for children to safely grow and learn in.  Logo Mats for Schools This desire and ambition is part of the reason why schools love using logo mats in the key...


Health and Safety Statistics UK - 2017 to 2018

Each year, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publishes vital statistics which reveal a snapshot of the Health and Safety at work, including working days lost, fatalities, mental health and the cost to the economy. By analysing these results, we are able to understand which specific areas are improving and which are getting worse, which can lead to improvements in the overall health and safety at work strategy. The First Mats range of products is based largely around improving safety in workplaces, so we take a special interest in the health and safety statistics and our analysis of this can be seen below.   Vital Health and Safety Statistics Summary   Number of Work-related ill-health cases 2017 = 1.3m 2018...


First Mats to Take On Selfridges in Regional Business Awards

A true David and Goliath battle is brewing in Birmingham this month, as local industrial and commercial floor matting retailer, First Mats gets set to take on iconic department store Selfridges for the prestigious Retailer of the Year award. First Mats have been selected as finalists in the Birmingham Post Business Awards following 12 months of stellar growth. The start-up is up against fellow finalists Beckett’s Farm and retail giants Selfridges for the gong. Founded in 1908, Selfridges & Co is a high-end department store, with locations around the UK. Its flagship store, located on Oxford Street, is synonymous with luxury goods and designer brands- in February, the retail giant announced record financial results for the fifth year running, with...


How to use Anti-Static Wrist Straps

Technicians regularly use anti-static wrist straps when they are building computers. These straps are also commonly referred to as ground bracelets and ESD wrist straps, which is something you have probably seen if you watch YouTube tutorials. They are a necessity to ensure that the difference in voltage between the computer and your body is balanced out, therefore preventing any potentially damaging Electrostatic Discharges from happening. In fact, these wrist straps are used in any sort of activity whereby there is electrostatic discharge. You want to avoid this as much as possible, as even the smallest amount of ESD could cause irreparable damage to your electrical components or hardware, rending them useless. The last thing you want to happen to...


Grey Door Mats

For many people, their first choice of colour for an entrance mat is Grey. It could be the fact that it hides dirt better than lighter colours, or that it's a neutral colour that'll match with almost any interior colour scheme.  Whatever the reason for your interest in Grey Door Mats, there is a wide range of materials and styles available for you to choose from. To make your choice easier, we have compiled a list of our best Grey Door Mats along with their main features and benefits. HardyChannel - Ribbed Entrance Mat The defining feature of the HardyChannel mat is the ribbed or channelled surface design. This is more effective at scraping dirt away from shoes than a normal...


ESD Anti-Fatigue Mats

ESD Mats (aka Anti-Static Mats) are designed to prevent sudden electrostatic discharges by absorbing and grounding electrical charges that could otherwise damage sensitive electrical equipment or even ignite flammable gasses and liquids. Some of the mats available offer an additional benefit, in that they double up as Anti-Fatigue Mats. This means a more comfortable surface for workers to stand on which will reduce fatigue, joint pain and muscle aches. At First Mats, we currently offer three styles of ESD Anti-Fatigue Mat and below you can find a summary of each type.   StatMat - PVC Foam Anti-Static Matting Roll The lowest cost ESD Anti-Fatigue Mat is our StatMat. Made from Closed Cell PVC Foam, the StatMat provides great comfort for...


How do Anti-Fatigue Mats Work?

Anti-fatigue mats are designed to help to protect people from the aches, pains and long-term health conditions that can be caused by long periods of standing on your feet. In addition to varicose veins, swollen feet and ankles, and headaches, standing up for hours at a time can cause musculoskeletal disorders which are extremely painful and have the potential to affect the muscles, joints, and tendons. The aim of an anti-fatigue mat is to create a comfortable surface for an individual to stand on while they work which will help to prevent work-related injuries, increase productivity, boost morale, and reduce fatigue. Why do we get fatigued when standing? It is often assumed that fatigue only occurs when we haven’t had...


What is Coir Matting?

In a world where we all want to be greener, coir matting is the ideal solution for environmentally friendly entrance matting. Coir is a natural, sustainable material that is biodegradable. While it is a biodegradable product, its strength and durability mean that it is a long-lasting material that serves many uses as well as being used for floors and entranceways. What are coir mats? While you may not have heard of the term coir matting, it is likely that you will have seen them across homes and businesses as you cross the threshold. Coir mats are commonly used for entranceways and porches. With short, tough bristles, coir matting helps to dry shoes and remove dirt before entering premises. Typically, coir...


The Benefits of Anti-Fatigue Mats

Standing for long periods of time, particularly in the workplace, can have a whole range of negative effects on the body including swelling of the legs, problems with foot health, joint issues, varicose veins, and an uncomfortable variety of aches and pains from the neck down to the toes. Anti-Fatigue Mats can eliminate these possible health and wellness problems, and the benefits of Anti-Fatigue Mats definitely make them a worthwhile investment for anyone who is standing for many hours at a time. Improved Posture Standing up puts lots of pressure on the joints due to the vertical weight that they need to support during long periods of standing, but an Anti-Fatigue Mat can reduce this stress by ensuring that you...


Brown Door Mats

With their subtle, earthy tones, brown door mats continue to be a popular choice for many users. The neutral colour blends in to almost any décor and is great at hiding dirt and moisture within the carpet pile. Below we will explore some of our best selling brown matting options from our vast collection. Why Choose Brown as a Mat Colour? As mentioned before, brown door mats are masters at hiding moisture and dirty footprints from the sight of visitors, and they look fashionable on a wide variety of floors. Not too dark nor not too light, the brown pantones used predominately for matting, trigger a sense of traditionalism and simplicity without drawing too much attention away from the core...