About a month or so ago, we introduced you to our cartoon character, Slip. Nice guy, but could be bit clumsy, which isn’t good for a shift supervisor, who is also responsible for workplace safety. Well, we thought we might introduce his mate, Mat. A responsible and very knowledgeable person, especially when it comes to workplace safety and mats of many kinds and uses.
We look at a serious topic and present this as a Q&A between Slip and Mat. The latter presents the answers to queries we receive here at Australian Matting Company (AMCO) and we hope you get something out of this post.
What’s the go with my anti fatigue mats slipping around on the floor?
This is a good question, if you work in a hospital, food processing plant or in an industrial manufacturing facility – and use anti fatigue mats, please take note. If so, chances are you may have experienced or seen anti fatigue mats slipping around on the floor.
So what’s happening?
Mats are many and varied and in the multitude of styles and ranges available for industry. While it’s impossible to dictate what is causing each and every mat to slide around on the floor, there are a few common reasons. These include
- An excess amount of mould release agent on the surface of the mat
- Hydrocarbons present on floor surface
- Pattern on mat does not suit the floor surface
Is there anything that I can do about it?
Yes, and the majority of the ‘quick fixes’ are easy to do with no specialist tools or products required. Below are a few simple tips that should help you get your mats gripping again in no time. Consider the following:
Abundance of mould release
This is a common occurence for this type of problem. Chances are, if you have one mat that is affected, the next 10 or so you ordered with it will have the exact same problem. Mould release is an agent that manufacturing companies use to ensure that cooked mats do not stick when they are supposed to slip nicely out of the mould.
Obviously this makes the mat slippery if there has been too much sprayed inside the mould. It’s easy to remove, simply wipe the mat over with a ‘d-limonene based cleaner’ such as eucalyptus spray and then repeat on the floor where the mat has been. This will clear both surfaces and your problem will disappear.
Petrol, oil and grease on the floor
This is a simple one. Anything oily will, of course, make the floor slippery, even after it appears to have been cleaned. Cleaning the floor with a degreaser will remove this oily film, and ensure the mat doesn’t move about dangerously. Suggested cleaners/degreasers are CT18 & orange power.
Different mats have different backings and patterns to best suit various floor surfaces. What works well on carpet won’t work as well on, for example, a checker plate surface. Polished concrete is a tricky one, as very few mats will grip well to it. In situations such as these, laying down a few strips of an anti-slip tape will provide the grip needed when the mat is placed over it.
Another option is to layer a bead of Sikaflex adhesive around the back of the mat. This will ‘squidge’ into the concrete when pressure is applied to it and the resulting friction will deter any lateral movement.
If you have any queries on your anti slip mat or anti fatigue mats, or anything to do with mats, please contact us.
Until our next Slip and Mat post.