Why Are Mats So Important During The Winter Months?

Keep Your Customers Safe From Slips and Falls This Winter

 

There are countless reasons as to why it is crucial for businesses to have proper matting on their floors during the long winter months.  This type of weather tends to make floors much more wet and slippery, which can potentially lead to unnecessary slips and falls from both customers and employees.  This is obviously, something that should be avoided at all costs as the safety of your customers should be the top priority. 

 

Floor mats can help in the following ways:

- Prevent slips and falls, and reduce the risk of liability
- Reduce daily cleaning costs by substantially minimizing tracked-in soil.  Research shows that overhead costs associated with cleaning greatly increases during the winter months. 
- Extend the lifespan of flooring surfaces
- Help maintain a great impression with your customers. 

- With Swan, your soiled mats are picked up at your location for each service cycle, and then exchanged with clean ones.  The soiled items are brought back to our plant for professional cleaning.  It’s as easy as that. 

 

Keep your customers safe this winter.  Call Swan today for a free quote. 

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Why are Swan's Rental Mats Efficient?

What Materials Make Swan's Rental Mats Effective?  

 

The first step to ensuring your customers are safe from slips and falls is to place matting in entrances and heavy-traffic areas.  However, not just any mat will do the job right.  For instance, you don’t want to purchase mats that curl in the corners and cause customers to trip.   Our rental mats are specially manufactured with premium high quality materials to provide an outstanding performance at your facility.  Here are some of these materials:

  • Anti-skid nitrile rubber backing customized for hard floor surfaces or carpeted floors
  • Rubber backing helps prevent curling and cracking, and allows the mat to lay completely flat
  • Rubber borders facilitate transition and cart traffic
  • Cut pile yarn allows dirt to penetrate and hide in between fibers until the next service from Swan
  • Super absorbent 100% nylon cut pile carpet surface resists packing and crushing

If you’d like to learn more about our amazing products, call us today for a free quote. 

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Save time and money by keeping dirt at the door

​Entry Mats capture dirt

 

Studies have proven that it can take up to $500 to remove 1 pound of dirt that has been tracked into your business. 

If you have an entry mat, and your customers take at least three steps on a mat, it will remove 90% of the dirt that would otherwise have been tracked into your shop. The entry mat is your first line of defence against this dirt.

Further studies have shown that 80% of the dirt that enters a business comes through the door. So place mats at all entrances, and save yourself both time and money, while preserving your floors and maintain a cleaner environment indoors.

 

entry mat on wood floor

 

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Keep your business clean and mop up messes

​Swan offers all sorts of mops to meet your business needs

 

We can provide your business with clean mops so that you can stay ahead of wet floors, and any dirt or mess that enters your workplace. You protect your floors, and save money on cleaning  products. Your workplace stays safe from slip and fall accidents that can occfur from wet or greasy floors.

 

We have wet mops, treated mops and dry mops. Swan changes them out with clean stock, taking the dirt away and leaving your iwth a fresh stock.

Protect your investment of flooring, and maintain a safe place for both workers and customers by mopping away dirt and spills.  Contact us today for a free quote.

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Swan mats for animal shelters

Animal shelters benefit from Swan mat donations

 

Where do Swan's old mats go when we determine they are no longer a suitable quality for our customers? The garbage, the land-fill? - No. We always donate to causes that can use the mats. In an earlier Blog post I write about the mats being shipped to third world nations, where they line dirt floors in some schools, and provide non-slip protection in hospitals and other places.

 

Now Swan is happy to provide some of these mats to animal shelters that rescue and shelter animals in need. These mats will be used in a number of ways, Some mats will be used to cover crates, line crates, or provide pathways for disabled dogs that can slip on a bare floor.

We hope our mats can make each day just a little better for those animals that need it.

 

terrier with stethoscope in his mouth

 

 

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42,000 workers fall in Canada annually

 
How can you prevent accidents from slips and falls in your workplace?

Statistics show that 77% of slips and falls happen on the same level from slips and trips. Slips happen when there is too little traction between footwear and walking surface. Common causes are occasional spills, wet or oily surfaces and weather hazards. 

Having a mop to clean up wet floors and spills, and placing mats in areas that may be wet from weather or other spills, are cost effective ways to manage these hazards that can occur in your workplace. 

Canadian weather offers us many challenges, as much as Canadian are accustom to our seasonal changes, safety is always in season

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has other tips on ways to keep your workplace safe. 

man in suit falling

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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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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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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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