In many cases, matting in entranceways has been recommended for safety reasons. Moisture left on hard surfaces reduces a building occupant’s traction and can result in a slip, trip or fall accident. As a precautionary measure, facilities located in climates prone to rain or snow have reduced these types of accidents by implementing an effective matting system both indoors and outdoors.

For matting to be effective in the aforementioned climates, however, it must retain moisture, and not allow it to seep onto the floor or surrounding areas, which would create a slippery walking surface.

Dual-level mats are a popular option for high-traffic facilities. With this type of matting, soil, moisture and other contaminants are stored below the shoe level, helping to prevent their transfer into the facility.

Moisture aside, poorly maintained mats can also become safety hazards themselves. Cleaning personnel should regularly monitor their matting systems, making sure mats are up to standards. Such deficiencies such as fraying, rolling or bunching can result in accidents.