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Anti Fatigue Mats & Matting

Anti Fatigue Mats improve comfort for workers who spend long periods of time standing on their feet. The soft texture of Anti Fatigue Mats encourages small muscle movements, improving blood flow and boosting energy. Choose foam-based mats for light to medium duty areas, or vinyl-topped mats for a more durable matting. - Click to learn more about Anti Fatigue Mats & Matting

Standing still for extended periods can take a toll on our bodies, causing discomfort and physical fatigue. This is often due to the pressure on joints and blood pooling in the lower limbs.

An effective way to combat these effects is by using anti-fatigue mats. These mats encourage small, unconscious movements that activate the leg muscles, leading to better blood circulation and reduced fatigue. The softer surface of the mat also provides increased comfort, leading to better morale and productivity.

By using anti-fatigue mats, you can say goodbye to the discomfort of prolonged standing and hello to a more comfortable work environment.

The Beneficial Effects of Anti-Fatigue Mats

In an independent study in 2015, 75% of businesses that used Anti Fatigue matting said they found an overall improvement in staff well-being, along with 44% of respondents who considered the matting to positively affect productivity. In addition, 23% of users also confirmed that absenteeism had reduced due to using anti fatigue mats.

Our anti-fatigue matting has been developed to help fight the effects of fatigue, resulting in multiple benefits for the user and the employees.

How to Choose Your Anti Fatigue Mat

The Industrial Anti Fatigue Mats in our range each offers their own benefits, ensuring you can find matting that works in every environment. Below are some features to look out for when purchasing your mat. 

Anti Fatigue Mats for Wet Floors

Are you considering using a mat in a wet area, such as an industrial environment involving liquids like water, chemicals, oils, and grease? If so, foam-based anti-fatigue mats may not be the best choice. These mats may not be suitable for these types of liquids and may not withstand contact with oils and grease. Instead, we recommend using a rubber mat with a higher Nitrile content to increase its lifespan.

On the other hand, if you plan on using a mat in a dry area with no standing water on the floors, foam anti-fatigue mats will be the most cost-effective option. Foam-based mats are ideal for providing comfort and reducing fatigue for workers who have to stand for extended periods of time.

Anti Fatigue Mats with Wheeled Traffic

If trolleys and pallet trucks are likely to roll over the mat, we recommend avoiding foam but using solid rubber or vinyl-topped mats instead.

Top choices include the Diamond-Foam Anti-Fatigue Mat or the solid rubber Fatigue-Step mat, suitable for trolleys and wheeled traffic.

Anti Fatigue Matting Material

If you're looking for an anti-fatigue mat, it's essential to consider the environment in which it will be used. As a simple rule of thumb, foam-based anti-fatigue mats are best suited for lighter-duty usages, such as occasional use in dry areas. However, in more demanding environments like production lines and warehouses, rubber or vinyl-topped anti-fatigue mats are recommended for their extra durability.

At First Mats, we offer a variety of anti-fatigue mats, and many of them come with the option of plain yellow or black and yellow edging. This feature further enhances their visibility and health and safety qualities, making them a great choice for any workplace.

anti fatigue mat with yellow border

Example of an Industrial Anti Fatigue Mats with a Yellow Safety Border


Why use Anti Fatigue Matting?

Industrial Anti Fatigue Matting is a crucial element of your occupational health and safety obligations, so it should always be purchased from a reputable supplier. First Mats offer a wide range of industrial matting, and there are many reasons why customers choose us as their matting supplier;

 We stock one of the largest matting ranges in Europe

The team at First Mats takes pride in offering an Anti Fatigue Mat for every situation, with each one of our mats being developed with a specific use in mind.

 Anti Fatigue Mats for Every Budget

At First Mats, we pride ourselves on providing anti-fatigue mats of the highest quality. We only sell commercial-grade, durable mats that are built to last. Unfortunately, the market is flooded with cheap, low-grade products that are often ineffective and unsuitable for the high safety standards of professional environments.

 Experienced Professional Staff offering up-to-the-minute advice

Including the latest Health & Safety Legislation, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any information or need to place an order over the phone. If you have a large requirement and would feel more comfortable deciding if you had a personal on-site visit, then we would be pleased to arrange this free of charge.

Where are Anti Fatigue Mats Used?

Anti Fatigue Matting can be found in any environment where workers are required to spend long periods of time standing in one place. Some areas they are commonly found include;

  • Manufacturing & Warehouses – Either individual mats, made to measure anti fatigue rolls or modular tiles.
  • Hotel Receptions – Aesthetically pleasing mats with marble design patterns
  • Bars, Restaurants & other “wet” areas – lookout for the wet symbol on the product page
  • Commercial Kitchen and Food production areas – Please browse our range of Swarf Matting for this application.
  • Classrooms – in a 2018 survey that First Mats Ltd conducted, 69% of teachers stated that they experienced regular or occasional pain from prolonged standing.
  • Hair Salons
  • Electronic Component production facilities (using Anti-Static ESD matting)

Anti-Fatigue mat in an industrial Environment
Anti Fatigue Mats being used in an industrial manufacturing facility.

How to clean Industrial Anti Fatigue Mats

Cleaning Foam Anti-Fatigue Mats

Keeping your foam anti-fatigue mats clean is essential to maintain their effectiveness and longevity. If you're using these mats in dry areas, it's recommended to wipe them over with a damp mop and a very mild liquid soap. Please avoid using abrasive cleaners as they can damage the mat's surface.

It's important to ensure that all residue of cleaning chemicals and water is thoroughly removed from the mat before re-using it. This will not only help to maintain the mat's appearance but will also prevent any potential slip hazards.

Cleaning Rubber Anti-Fatigue Mats

Wet area anti-fatigue mats can be power washed, and relatively hot water can be used to clean them. However, it's important to use only mild liquid soap and avoid using de-greasers or caustic chemicals.

Please avoid using abrasive-type cleaners like Jif or any other products that can damage the mat's surface. It's essential to remove all residue from cleaning products before re-using your mat. By following these simple cleaning guidelines, you can keep your anti-fatigue mats clean and safe for use.

If you require any further information on how to care for your anti fatigue mats, then please do not hesitate to contact us, and we will be happy to help.

Author Information: The following article has been written by the team at First Mats, combining years of experience with detailed research. This enables us to provide customers like yourself with the best information to help you find the right Anti Fatigue Mats for your needs, as well as how to use them properly and safely.


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