Cleaning Your Restaurant Floor Matting
Cleaning your mats regularly is important for maintaining food safety and sanitation efforts. For general carpet and entryway mats, vacuum at the end of each day to pick up loose debris. In addition to daily vacuuming, interior mats should be cleaned routinely with a neutral carpet cleaner followed by a deep rinsing. Allow time for the mat to dry thoroughly before returning to service. You may also want to deep clean your interior carpets every once in a while. In this case, you can typically use any method used for carpeted floors. Use a solvent-free cleaner and make sure to rinse thoroughly, allowing sufficient time to dry. For outdoor entryway mats that are water and weather resistant, you can use a hose for a deeper cleaning. Prior to introducing your clean mat back into service, prepare the floor space where it will go by removing dust and dirt. This works to ensure the mat will grip to the floor more effectively with reduced movement due to foot traffic.
Clean anti-fatigue mats daily by sweeping to remove loose debris. The longer impurities sit, the more wear and tear they cause. Because of this, daily sweeping helps to extend overall product life. A weekly routine cleaning with a water-based cleaner is highly recommended to remove grease and oil. Even “grease-resistant” rubber matting can become affected by grease if contact is prolonged. Use cleaners that are strong enough to properly agitate to remove fats and oils. Solvent-based cleaners are not recommended for rubber anti-fatigue mats.
For rubber mats, a daily cleaning is recommended, but this is all dependent on usage. For a thorough clean, mix a mild detergent or non-butyl degreaser with hot water and use a brush or broom to scrub the mat, rinsing afterwards with hot water and setting out to properly dry.