When considering which type of kitchen floor mat would work best in your commercial kitchen, one should take into consideration just how much abuse the kitchen mat will need to withstand. The challenge is to find a kitchen matting that will serve the needs of those in the workplace and enhance their working environment. Issues like comfort, ease of maintenance, safety, drainage and tolerance for animal fats and chemicals need to be addressed.
Food Preparation and cooking environments, where food is handled are often areas where there are inordinate amounts of animal fats, greases, water and cleaning chemicals. Keeping these areas clean is, or at least should be, a top priority along with the prevention of slips and falls and employee comfort. A few points to consider when choosing the best kitchen matting are:
There are many types of kitchen floor mats on the market. Anti fatigue matting is a large
sub - category of Floor Matting. Kitchen mat is a sub – category of Anti Fatigue Mat. Not all anti fatigue matting should be used in a kitchen environment. Some fatigue mattings are designed for dry areas, static environments, or industrial applications, etc.
Kitchen floor mats should have holes to allow liquids and food particles to fall below the walking surface of the floor mat. The holes or perforations should be smooth and not possess any “lips” at the base of the hole that can catch debris. This single feature will make it much easier to clean your kitchen mats as the debris and food particles will fall all the way through the mat and remain on the floor when the kitchen mat is picked up for cleaning. Any nooks or crannies present in the design of the mat, will become filled with debris and it will be necessary to clean each individual perforation manually to achieve the cleanliness required of a kitchen mat.
Another feature that should be considered is the overall weight of the kitchen floor mat. Rubber kitchen mats that are too heavy are difficult to handle, especially when greasy. Any impediments to cleaning the kitchen matting should be minimized to encourage cleanliness. Heavy rubber kitchen mats that are difficult to clean will probably not be cleaned as often as kitchen floor mats that are lighter and possess a better design.
How thick the anti fatigue matting is will often have an effect on the overall weight of the mat. Thicker kitchen mats may also pose a tripping hazard and generally cost more. A common misconception is that the “thicker the mat the better it will be at providing anti fatigue relief”. Such is not the case. There are many qualities that fatigue matting should possess to enhance the anti fatigue properties of the mat (i.e., resilience, rebound, etc.). Generally kitchen floor products that are a 1/2" in thickness are perfect for a kitchen environment. Furthermore, since the mat is thinner, it will also be less expensive, lighter to handle and pose less of a tripping hazard.
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