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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...


Anti-Fatigue Mats with Yellow Edge

What are Anti-Fatigue Mats? Anti-Fatigue mats are floor mats which are specially designed to reduce fatigue and joint or muscle pains when standing in one position for a prolonged duration of time. Jobs that require workers to constantly stand such as welding, mechanical construction, production line operatives and warehouse fulfillers can greatly benefit from these types of mats, that are scientifically proven to increase morale, efficiency and the work rate of employees. The Yellow Safety Border Some industrial anti-fatigue mats will have a high visibility yellow safety border around the edges of the mat. This border can either refer to the striped variant with corresponding black stipes or just a single yellow border. Highlighting the edges of the mat is critical...


Black Door Mats

Black door mats are one of the most popular choices for entrance matting colours as their cool dark appearance is great at hiding dirt and stains as well as fitting into any home or office décor. With so many mats on the market, choosing the best one for you can seem difficult, so if you are looking to buy now or are considering purchasing a black door mat in the future, we have put together a list a few of our best-selling Black Door Mats along with their own unique features and benefits: PremDry – Heavy Duty Black Door Mat The PremDry is our premium grade floor mat with a raised “waffle” pattern making it hugely effective against dirt and...


Entrance Mats for Schools and Colleges

Did you know that in 2017 there were 8,669,085 pupils attending school in the UK, with an average of almost 1,000 pupils per state funded school? That's a lot of pupils and a lot of feet, so using suitable entrance matting is critical to keeping the floors clean, dry and safe for the pupils and staff. Finding the right mats and matting systems for your school can be difficult, especially with so many options available, so we at first mats have put together a guide of some of the best mats for Schools and Academies. Matting Systems For any facility that has a high volume of traffic all year round, a heavy-duty commercial matting system is worth considering as this will allow...


How to Clean Door Mats

When was the last time you cleaned your door mats? (Be honest) was it a week ago, a month ago, maybe longer than that? Door mats are our first line of defence for keeping our floors clean and dry, yet many of them get neglected which can make them become less effective at doing their job.Putting time aside to clean door mats may feel like an extra chore (and we’re sure you already have enough of those on your list) but an effective door mat will help to keep dirt and grime away from floors, so keeping your mats clean can save you time and money in the long run. How to clean door mats For most door mats, regular...


Wheelchair Friendly Door Mats

In 2010, the Equality Act came in to force ensuring that all businesses must make reasonable adjustments for wheelchair users and people with other disabilities to be able to access their premises unimpeded. This includes measures such as providing ramps over or around stairways, improving signage and removing heavy doors that are too difficult to open. Entrance Matting can also be a problem for wheelchair users as unsuitable matting makes accessing a building much more difficult. Many commercial grade mats have thick rubber backings that can increase the height of the mat to 14mm or more and some don't have flush or bevelled edging which blocks wheels. The materials or type of mat can also make access more difficult if they...


New Infographic: Why Use Anti-Fatigue Mats?

Anti-Fatigue Matting is a great tool to help in the fight against the negative effects of prolonged standing. To help us understand the extent of the problem, we at First Mats have created this handy infographic to highlight how serious the problem is and how Anti-Fatigue Mats can help. If you wish to republish this infographic, please credit us with a link to our website using the code below. For more information about Anti-Fatigue Mats, how they work, the detailed science behind them plus an extensive range you can buy online, please view our Anti-Fatigue Mats Page here.     Share this Image On Your Site <p><strong>Please include attribution to firstmats.co.uk with this graphic.</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.firstmats.co.uk/blogs/news/new-infographic-why-use-anti-fatigue-mats"><img src="https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0866/0808/files/First-Mats-Why-Use-Anti-Fatigue-Mats.png?v=1515418630" alt="Why Use Anti Fatigue Mats" border="0"></a></p>


Thin Door Mats

Thin door mats are crucial for homes or offices where a mat with a low profile is required. As well as durability, water retention, sizes and cost, we also understand that the height/thickness or profile of a mat can be an important feature too. A thin door mat can make life easier for wheelchair users who may struggle to enter a building with a chunky entrance mat. For others, it’s the gap between the floor and bottom edge of the door that is the controlling factor when choosing a suitable door mat. Whatever your reasons, we have put together a list of our best thin door mats to help you find the perfect door mat. MudProtect Thin Door Mat With...