Buying Guides

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...


Red Door Mats

There are many reasons why you may want to purchase a red door mat. For most people, it’s simply a case of using a floor mat to brighten up a house, the vibrant red mats work particularly well in a white walled room, for example. Others like to use a red door mat in cinemas and theatres to replicate that glitzy "red carpet" experience. For businesses, a Red Door Mat may be used because it matches the corporate colour scheme, or to mark certain areas of the business such as a kitchen or other staff area. Red Door Mats became more popular in 2016 as this was, in the Chinese Zodiac, the year of the fire monkey. People who practice...


The Best Door Mats for Winter

As we move away from the warmth of summer towards the approaching winter, you may have started to notice some familiar changes. The days are getting shorter, there’s frost on the car windscreen and the trees have shed most of their leaves. What you may also have noticed is the water and dirt trailing through the entrances as people come and go from your home or workplace. It can be a real chore to try and keep on top of this mess, but when using the right door mats, you can trap most of the dirt and water at the door keeping your home or workplace clean and safe. Top Tip: To maximise the protection from the outside elements, we...


What are Swarf Mats?

Swarf Mats are a type of industrial floor matting designed to capture debris from machining and production processes whilst providing a safe and comfortable working area for the user. There are a large number of different matting products available on the market which can be used for many different purposes or in different environments. Swarf Mats, on the other hand, exist for a very specific reason. Swarf is the debris that is produced from a machining or finishing process. In a workshop, for example, lathes will spin metal into the correct shape producing lots of tiny flakes of metal that are flung in several directions including the floor. The purpose of the Swarf Mat is to create a safe, comfortable...


New High-Density Foam Anti-Fatigue Mats

A​ ​new​ ​generation​ ​of​ ​anti-fatigue​ ​mats​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​safety​ ​in​ ​the​ ​workplace,​ ​that​ ​are​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​handle and​ ​can​ ​be​ ​cut​ ​to​ ​size​ ​are​ ​now​ ​available​ ​in​ ​the​ ​UK​ ​from​ ​distributor​ ​First​ ​Mats​ ​Ltd.​ The​ P​innacleMat represents​ ​a​ ​step​ ​forward​ ​in​ ​industrial​ ​health​ ​and​ ​safety​ ​at​ ​an​ ​affordable​ ​price. PinnacleMat is a new innovation in anti-fatigue matting, which has been designed specifically for underfoot safety and comfort in locations prone to oil, water or chemical spillage, but can also be used in dry environments. The first of its type and a finalist in Tomorrow’s Health and Safety Awards, it is a high density foam anti-fatigue mat with a unique flame-retardant outer layer. This outer layer is manufactured from a ground-breaking...