Buying Guides

6 Tips for using a Standing Desk Correctly

As people are becoming more aware of their fitness levels and ways in which they can stay healthy, standing desks have increased in popularity because those who have previously had to sit behind a desk all day can now choose to stand instead which feels like a more active option. There has been plenty of scientific research carried out on the advantages and disadvantages of standing desks, and whether using one comes with more health benefits than sitting down, so people know exactly what to expect if they decide to make the switch. Advantages of Standing Desks There are a number of health risks associated with prolonged periods of sitting, such as an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and...


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...


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...


How do Anti-Fatigue Mats Work?

Anti-fatigue mats are a type of matting that is 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 anti fatigue mats 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...


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...


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...


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,...