The many benefits of mat rental

Why rent mats?


Let me count the ways....Seriously though there are many reasons and I will cover a few of them here.

  1. Your business is important to you, and you want to create a positive first impression when customers enter your business, and see a clean dry surface.
  2. A clean, dry floor is a safe floor to walk and stand on. Swan's mats are very absorbent so rain, snow and slush are in the mat, not creating a slip and fall hazard on your floors
  3. The mats protect your floors, capturing dirt, salt and water that will damage the floor.
  4. Rubber backing on the mat keeps it from slipping on the floor. As a business owner you are taking a precaution against accidents, should a slip and fall accident occur on a wet floor without a mat.
  5. You and your employees can focus on serving the customer, and let Swan remove dirty mats and replace them with clean. No mat cleaning needed for you or your employees.

Our sales professionals can come to your business and provide a no obligation, free quote. Every two weeks our customer service represetnatives come to your business to remove the dirty mats and replace them. It's that simple. Contact us today.  

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Washing 1000 pounds of knitted fabric

Canada 150 project becomes a big washing project for Swan


Cambridge Textile artist Sue Sturdy created a Canadian Flag from donated knitted fabrics and textiles. It was vast, hundreds of feet across.  Nearly 100 canoes and kayaks delivered the knitting to the park from Linear Park. Grand Woolly River Ride was designed to honour the importance of textiles and the river to the city’s history, while creating a fun event involving as many people as possible.

It was a thing of beaty for all of Cambridge to enjoy. The Flag's materials will then be it will be cut up, washed and repurposed into scarves, blankets and other items for people in need in the community.

Enter Swan Dust Control. Sue called and asked if Swan would pick up and wash all of the materials, which were about 1000 lbs. Always up for a challenge, Swan agreed. Happy to help. Wow, what a challenge it was. Knitted fabrics are much more deleicate than rubber backed entry mats. They all had to be put in "delicates" bags and washed in cold water, on a gentle cycle. 

Well, it is done, and the fabrics can now begin a new life, helping those in need. 

washing machine with knits insidelarge pile of knitted fabric in cart

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Swan cares about the community

Food 4 Kids Provides food on weekends to hungry kids

                                               food for kids Waterloo Wellington logo

Swan believes in supporting organizations that support those that need it within our community. The most food insecure children that may not have access to food on the weekend. Many children particiapte in breakfast programs at theri schools, but can go hungry on the weekend. 

For just $10 a child can be fed for a weekend. Please follow Swan Dust Control's lead and look around your community to see who needs some  help. Children need food to thrive, to learn and to grown. You can learn more


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We care about the safety of your building

Swan cares about the safety of your business


You need to focus on your business and your customers, it's what you do best. So let Swan be a partner with you in keeping your place of buisness clean and safe for both your employees and your customers.


Our Hassle-Free, Care-Free Rental Programs provide the latest in floor mat solutions, Purell hand sanitizer, dust and wet mops, we will help your business improve productivity and lower your maintenance costs while enhancing your image by keeping your floors and critical areas clean and safe, on a regular basis. 


We can be a partner in your Green Building efforts by providing a rental of floor mats and anti-bacterial dispensers. Keep your customers and staff safe, and maintain a clean, eco-friendly workplace.


We provide pick-up and delivery to your location to remove your soiled mats and mops and replace them with clean ones. No inventory or quality control issues, we do that for you, so that you can focus on your business.

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How to prevent Slip and Fall accidents

How to prevent  Slip and Fall accidents

The Ontario Ministry of Labour provides Health and Safety information on their website. Safe at Work Ontario is the Ministry of Labour’s strategy to protect workers health and safety in the workplace. So how do you the business owner ensure that you maintain a workplace safe from slips and falls?

Here are some examples of steps that can be taken, from the Ontario Ministry of Labour.


• Slip-resistant flooring and slip-resistant mats


. Provide “wet floor” signage


• Ensure shovels, mops and buckets are readily available


• Remove debris, snow and ice


• Clean up spills promptly


• Remove clutter from walk surfaces


• Ensure mats are kept clean when grease or slush accumulates 


Let Swan Dust Control help you meet these requirements for your business with a mat and mop rental service. We provide certified "high traction" mats which are picked up to be cleaned and fresh delivered to your business, ensuring a clean and safe business workplace.

Contact us today for a free consultation.

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New Mural complete

Swan is pleased with new outdoor Mural, "Live the Blues"


colourful mural of live music painted on wall


We are proud to introduce a new mural, or street art, to Waterloo. “Live the Blues” has now been completed, and it can be seen on the side wall of China Garden Restaurant located at 31 University Ave. E., also seen from Williams Coffee next door, in their parking lot.

Thanks very much to the generous support from the Waterloo Neighbourhood Matching Fund and Swan Dust Control as the corporate sponsor. This colourful work of art was created by The Pomegranate Mural Collective, lead by artist Pamela Rojas. The Collective, as described on their FaceBook page;

“We are a group of creative, community-minded individuals and organizations investing in the vibrancy of the K-W cityscape through the design, creation, and completion of community-based murals in our city’s public space. 

Our Artistic Director, Pamela Rojas, has been actively engaged in the logistical and artistic elements of muralism in the Waterloo Region for the last 10 years and brings a deep of knowledge about effective mural practice to our community.

The collective exists because of the generous energy and time given by volunteers who help to bring life to the murals and assist in making connections and building relationships in our city. Our vision is to make murals that belong to the communities in which they are located, and that serve as visual markers of community togetherness.”


This is the second mural completed in the area around 31 University Ave. E., with another showcasing “The Four Seasons”, which can be found on the wall of Reese’s Cleaners on the corner of Regina and University Ave. E. That mural was created in the summer of 2016, by Pamela Rojas and was also supported by Swan Dust Control and the Waterloo Neighbourhood Matching Fund.


The “Live the Blues mural was inspired by the wonderful live music that can be found in the Waterloo Region. The Mural Collective artists which include Ralf Wall, Cathy Amos, Carmen Peters, Ean Kools, Ann Mackenzie, Monte Wright and of course Pamela Rojas created “Live the Blues”, and the audience seen in silhouette on the mural, are actual people from the neighbourhood, that were outlined and then added to the silhouetted audience, on the mural.


It is our hope that this mural will be enjoyed for many years, and that it might inspire other murals to be painted in the area, making a wonderful street art neighbourhood.


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Swan covers Canada

Canadian flag

​Swan serves all of Canada for Mats and Mops


​Swan Dust Control has locations in Waterloo, London and Brampton. So how can we provide service to all of Canada? We have a network of local service providers that enables us to deliver to your door across Canada, with a few exceptions in the North. 


Swan prides intself on providing a better mat than our competitors too. Have you ever noticed when entering a business that the mats are not clean, are faded, or are generally in poor condition? You will not find a Swan Dust Control mat like that. When you see the small white swan in the corner of the mat, you can count on the quality.

What do we do when our mats become faded, or thin? We donate these mats to third world nations where they are used in many settling such a schools, hospitals and other places that may not have proper flooring.

Do yourself a a favour, if you are currently receiving service from one of our competitors, contact Swan for a free quote, and you will be surprised to find we can save you money and provide a better product.

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Planning for Fall

Is your business ready for Fall?

open sign hangs on store door

Summer is coming to an end, and it is time to plan for the fall, which can include wet weather, and more dirt entering your place of business. With children returning to school, and vacations over, is your business ready for the additional traffic through your door?


It is important to think about first impressions of your business, and also the safety of both your cusomters and staff. Swan Dust Control will place mats in the high traffic areas, and entrances, so that dirt, dust, and wet weather are captured by the mat. Every two weeks the dirty mats are removed and replaced with clean, so that your business stays clean, and you can focus on what you do best, which is to serve your customers. Contact Swan today for a free quote for mat and mop rental, and Purell.


In the fall people start to spend more time indoors, and with kids back at school, cold and flu germs are spread more easily. Adding a Purell anti bacterial dispenser on a stand or wall mounted, can kill these germs and keep you and those around you healthy. 


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Why choose an anti-fatigue mat for workers that stand?

Why choose an anti-fatigue mat?



All the wellness talk today is about “standing desks” and the need to get up and move around if you have a desk job that has you sitting much if the work day. However there are many workers that are on their feet all day to perform their job, so let’s consider the benefits of providing anti-fatigue mats for these workers.


At Cornell University, Ergonomists have long recognized that standing to work is more tiring than sitting to work. Standing requires 20% more energy than sitting and standing puts greater strain on the circulatory system and on the legs and feet.Prolonged standing at work increases the risks of varicose veins and according to scientific data, standing for long periods of time is particularly stressful and fatiguing.


The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety states many workers will experience discomfort, tiredness, sore feet, legs, knees or hips after long hours of standing. These are the combined effect of several factors, namely the design of the work, the workers' footwear, and the flooring material where they stand. Regardless of the quality of shoes and quality of the floor covering, standing itself can cause tiredness after an entire working day.


There are several factors to consider when determining ways to improve employee productivity and comfort. The type of flooring used in the workplace has an important influence on comfort, especially on tender feet. Hard, unyielding floors, like concrete, are the least comfortable surface to work on. Walking on a hard floor is similar to the impact of a hammer pounding the heel at every step. Wood, cork, carpeting, or rubber - anything that provides some elasticity - is generally gentler on workers' feet. More than that, softer floor coverings reduce fatigue and improve safety by reducing slips and falls on slippery floors.


Anti-fatigue mats can provide a solution however in choosing a mat a number of items need to be considered. First the thickness of the mat; softer and thicker may not always be better. Choose a mat that provides some elasticity, but at the same time is not so soft that a person feels they cannot stand comfortably.

Know the environment the mat will be used in.

  • Mats should not slip, or create a trip hazard.
  • Mats should have sloped edges (sloped edges are less of a trip hazard, and allows carts to roll over them more easily)
  • Mats need to be kept clean. In areas, such as food preparation, maintaining cleanliness will be important.
  • Mats should be anti-static
  • Does the work area require a mat with holes that provides drainage for kitchens, locker rooms, food-processing areas, behind bars and in machine shops?

If you are unable to change the flooring and you wish to improve comfort for standing workers, for improved health, safety and productivity at your place business consider putting anti-fatigue mats to work for you.

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Swan sponsors Mural for Waterloo wall of building

Colourful and fun large mural to be created in Waterloo

Last year Swan Dust Control and The City of Waterloo - Community Matching Fund supported the creation of a very large mural at the corner of Regina St. and University Ave. E. The mural was created by artist and muralist Pamela Rojas. The theme of the mural is the four seasons, and each season is represented in a playful and very colourful way.


This summer Swan and The Community Matching Fund are doing it again, and once again working with Pamela Rojas. This year Pomegranate Mural Collective​ - lead by Artistic director Pamela, a group of artist from the Collective will be painting together. The wall is outside of William's Coffee Pub, and China Garden restaurant on University Ave. E.


Some of the artists that you can come to watch create, and strike up a conversation with while they paint, are: Cathy Amos, Ralf Wall, Ann MacKenzie, Ean Kools, and of course Pamela Rojas.


You might wonder what murals have to do with the business Swan is in, which is mat and mop rental, but Swan is part of a community, and we all benefit from making that community a more interesting place with some art and culture. Just as Swan supports live music in the community throught their sponsorship of Cambridge Live Music, and Morty's Blues series. We hope to see you the last two weeks of August come on out to enjoy some "Street Art" Waterloo.  

 artist painting mural on wall

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Diane Williamson
October 16, 2017
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