Buying Guides

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...


Fire Resistant Door Mats

Did you know that most floor mats are made from materials which are not flame retardant? Our Fire-Resistant Door Mats are certified for fire protection and feature preventative properties such as self-extinguishing fibres and smoke prevention. Although fire resistant door mats are not mandatory for all areas in the UK, certain laws, legislations and guidelines urge for landlords, councils and housing associations to enforce improved fire safety practices across the entire building. The Importance of Fire Safety Flammable materials can fuel a fire, allowing it to quickly spread through an area emitting poisonous gases and causing damage to anything within the vicinity.  While not all matting is built with flame retardant materials, the choice to have a self-extinguishing entrance mat...


Office Door Mats

Across the UK every day, millions of us go to work in an office environment. Offices are places where we conduct our work, but also where we have important meetings with clients, customers and suppliers. Creating a positive experience for all visitors is crucial to maintain a professional appearance, but it must also a safe and clean working environment for our staff. With the right Office Door Mats in place, you can ensure that the first steps taken inside your office leave visitors of all types feeling positive and safe. With thousands of products to choose from, we decided to create this buying guide to help you find the right door mats for your office of any size. Fitted Office...


Mats for Wudu / Ablution Areas in Mosques

Here at First Mats, we have an extensive selection of wet room matting and tiles ideal for the holy practices and usages in Wudu/ Ablution areas for Mosques and other religious areas.  The outstanding water drainage, anti-slip properties and anti-bacterial hygienic surfaces of our wet area mats allows for any Mosque to keep hygiene levels high- a must for the holy cleansing of Wudu. What is Wudu/Ablution? Wudu or Ablution areas are washrooms found in Mosques designated for the spiritual and ritual washing performed by Muslims before prayer. Muslims must be clean and wear good clothes before they present themselves and perform religious practises before God. Ablution Washrooms An ablution/wudu washroom normally consists of an open square washroom with a...


Mats for Caravan and Campsites

When the weather is good, the great British countryside is truly unbeatable. Perhaps that’s why in 2015, 15.39 million camping and caravan trips were taken in the UK (Source: Great Britain Tourism Survey) with many holiday makers making more than one trip away per year. But with over 3,000 Caravan and Camping Sites in the UK, the facility owners need to make sure that their sites and facilities provide the highest standards to keep customers coming back every year. Using high quality floor mats can help campsite owners to make the right impression for their guests, as well as improving safety in all areas including reception areas, wet rooms and play areas. Our buying guide below offers a selection of...


Entrance Mats for Hotels and Guest Houses

Hotels are renowned for their luxurious settings, exquisite furnishings and attentive service. Guests expect the highest standards throughout but, if the floor mats are of a poor quality, this will result in a poor first impression for anyone entering the building. Regardless of whether you operate a small Bed and Breakfast, an independent hotel or international chain of 5-star hotels, choosing the right floor mats is critical to maintain high standards of safety, cleanliness and customer satisfaction. Hotel Entrance Mats First impressions start at the entrance, so choosing a mat that looks and feels as good as its luxurious surroundings is key. For smaller boutique hotels or B&B's, Coir Matting is a popular choice due to it's natural homely colours,...


Heavy Duty Door Mats

You may have purchased a cheap door mat from your local discount store or supermarket, only for it to collapse and wear down in a matter of weeks. Our heavy-duty door mats dispel the need of replacing your door mat every month – with high-grade hard-wearing qualities transforming your purchase into a smart long-time investment. What Type of Heavy Duty Door Mats are Available? Depending on the intended use and environment, there are many heavy duty door mats for commercial and domestic buildings however most heavy-duty mats are multi-purpose and are not limited to any single area. Below is a breakdown of the categories: Domestic - Our domestic range of heavy-duty products is geared towards homeowners or any customers that want quality...