Buying Guides

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...


Hotel Entrance Mats & Flooring

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,...


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...


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 your door mats were given a good clean? A week ago? A month ago? Or maybe longer? 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 less effective at doing their job. Putting time aside to clean door mats may feel like a hassle, but having a clean and effective mat will help keep your flooring and other mats looking spotless by keeping dirt and grime away. So, a clean door mat means time and money saved in the long run! How to clean door mats For the majority of door mats, dry vacuuming regularly will remove most of...


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...


Thin Door Mats

Thin door mats are used in homes or offices where normal sized mats are too thick to fit between the door and the floor. 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....


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...