Just like every job is different, every mat is different. And manufacturers have responded to the demands for mats that meet special needs.

For instance, there are anti-static mats which can be used in front of copy machines or in manufacturing facilities where high-tech circuitry needs protection from static electricity. Maintenance is easy with these types of mats — just sweep or lightly mop.

Some manufacturers also provide insulated nonconductive mats that grounds the individual standing on it and protects them from shock. These mats are often used near fuse boxes, transformers and high-voltage boxes. Maintenance for these mats are similar to anti-static mats.

For facilities in need, there are also fire-retardant mats made of molded rubber, which can include anti-microbial properties. These are used most often in military and manufacturing applications.