Tacky Mats

Hygienic Tacky Floor Mats designed for Clean-rooms, Hospitals and sterile areas. Our high-grade Tacky Mats keep floors completely free of dirt. Choose from our complete sets or Refill packs.
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Tacky Mats - Buying Guide and Information


White Tacky Mats

In Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Hospitals and other sterile environments, keeping floors clean is about far more than just making a nicer looking building. Most of the contaminants that enter a facility are carried in on footwear, so using the right type of mat is essential for maintaining critical levels of hygiene.


Tacky Mats, also known as Sticky Mats, are designed specifically for this purpose and are an effective tool for maintaining a maximum dirt-free environment.

We have put together this guide to help you to learn more about the different types of tacky mats, their benefits and how they work.


How do Tacky Mats Work?

Tacky Mats work by creating a floor mat with a surface that is slightly sticky. As users step on to the mat, any fine particles of dirt, dust, and any other contaminants, are literally pulled away from the footwear by the sticky surface of the mat where they remain. The mats are designed with several layers of film which can be peeled away and disposed of, creating a fresh new tacky surface instantly whenever needed.


In 2012, a study was conducted to measure the effectiveness of Clean room mats which found that temporary tacky mats (such as those sold by First Mats) reduced particle levels on shoes and footwear by 20-50% making them a cost-effective way to significantly control dirt levels.


Why Choose Tacky Mats from Us?

There are many reasons to make First Mats your first choice when it comes to purchasing tacky mats. We take pride in the quality of the mats we offer and only use sources that manufacture to ISO standard, so you can be sure that every mat you buy will stand the test of time.

There are many products available from us, but two of our handpicked tacky step mat products you may be interested in are;


Tacky Step Mats


One of the most popular variations of this disposable matting is our Tacky Step Mat. Designed to work with pedestrian traffic, the step mat is available in sizes either 80cm x 65cm or 80cm x 130cm for larger doorways.


Each Tacky Step Mat frame is supplied with 60 disposable sticky sheets mounted to a rigid board, which can be replaced with refill packs whenever needed. The frame is affixed to the floor using a double-sided tape so that it can be moved to other locations if needed.


  • Colours: White or Blue
  • Sheets: 60
  • Sizes: 80cm x 65cm and 80cm x 130cm
  • Recommended Use: Doorways with Foot Traffic

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Roller Sticky Mats


In clean areas where wheeled traffic such as hospital trollies are used, a lower profile mat should be used. Our specially designed Roller Sticky Mats have a profile of just 1.5mm, allowing any wheeled traffic to easily pass over it.

As with the step mats, the sticky surface of the roller mats will remove dirt and contaminants away from wheels as well as feet. The roller sticky mats can be purchased in either blue or white colours depending on personal preference or surrounding colour schemes.


Roller Sticky Mats are supplied in pads containing 30 sheets which stick directly to the floor, helping to keep the profile so low. The self-adhesive backing keeps the pads in place until no clean sheets remain, at which point the pad can be peeled away from the floor and replaced.


  • Colours: White or Blue
  • Sheets: 30 (In packs of 4 pads)
  • Sizes: 45cm x 117cm
  • Recommended Use: Areas with wheeled traffic

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Typical Applications

The tacky mats can be used in any environment where floors need to be kept sterile and free of small dirt particles. Several places you would be likely to find them include;


  • Cleanrooms – Typically used for scientific research, cleanrooms need to be beyond “clean” as pollutants could contaminate tests and experiments.
  • Laboratories – As with cleanrooms, laboratories are often used for scientific testing any pharmaceutical production, which can only be done in a sterile environment.
  • Food Production – Wherever food is being produced, cleanliness standards are always extremely high to avoid major health concerns.
  • Construction Sites – Building and excavation work often creates a large amount of dust and other fine particles, so Tacky Mats are sometimes used as doorways to help control levels of dirt.
  • Engineering – It’s not only food and pharmaceutical producers who require high levels of cleanliness, but some engineering and manufacturing facilities do too, especially those who make sensitive equipment for satellites and lab equipment.
  • Server Rooms – Dust can also damage computer equipment, so keeping large server rooms as clean as possible can help to reduce the likelihood of costly downtime.

Installation and Refills

Tacky Mat Installation is quick, easy and does not require any tools. Simply affix the mats to the floor by the doorway using the double-sided tape provided. When the mats need to be replaced or removed, just peel the mats away from the floor and replace as required (new tape strips may be required).


Refills are also available for our Tacky Step Mat, helping to make it even more cost effective for your organisation. When the original 60 sheets provided with the board have been used up, simply add the refill pack and continue using as normal.


Note: When peeling away mat sheets, do so slowly in order to retain the maximum amount of particles. Fast sudden movements can release some of the particles captured on the mat back into the atmosphere.


Additional Matting

In some areas, tacky mats can be made even more effective by keeping floors and shoes as clean as possible before a visitor even reaches the mat, allowing it to work for longer and trapping more dirt before being replaced.


This can be achieved by using high-quality traditional entrance mats to soak up moisture and clear away as much dirt as possible at the building entrance. There is a huge range of entrance matting available from First Mats, so please view our collection of entrance mats here where you will find the perfect mat for your needs.


References:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sticky_mat

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