When choosing the right mat for a restaurant environment, it is important to consider the safety, functionality, and comfort of the commercial mat you’re considering. With slippery flooring surfaces and employees standing on their feet for hours, you must choose the right mat for your needs. Our fool-proof guide will outline the criteria and different commercial mats that are geared toward the restaurant industry.
Criteria for Choosing a Restaurant Mat:
Where are you placing the commercial mat?
There is the front of the house and the back of the house areas. Front of the house areas include the host/hostess station, interior entrance way, and bar tender station. Back of the house areas include the dishwasher’s stand, cook’s station, and much more.
You need mats that are effective in wet & dry environments
Especially, in the back of the house areas, commercial mats need to be effective when they are both wet and dry. If water or other liquids are on the mat surface, you want to ensure that your employees are protected against slip & fall accidents. Look for features such as holes that drain stagnant water, reducing the likelihood that a slip accident will occur.
Look for mats that are safe and comfortable
In the restaurant industry, employees work long hours and often stand on their feet. Fatigue and muscle soreness are commonly seen in restaurant workers and the addition of a commercial mat could mitigate this issue while increasing workplace productivity.
Mats also need to protect your employees and customers from slip and fall accidents. Mats certified “high traction” and “slip resistant” by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) are tested professionally and are recommended for use in the restaurant industry.
Safety should be one of your primary concerns when selecting a commercial mat. According to the NSC, the average restaurant experiences three to nine slip and fall accidents each year. Slipping and falling is also cited by Liberty Mutual as the leading cause of employee injury in the food service industry.
Commercial Mat Options:
Anti-fatigue mats provide unparalleled comfort for restaurant employees standing on their feet for hours on end. The durable, nitrile rubber surface is slip resistant and provides superior support, lessening the negative effects of standing for long hours. The available holes drain water off the mat surface, without the safety concern of stagnant water, causing slip and fall accidents.
Protect the flooring surfaces underneath your anti-fatigue mat with the durable, thick rubber surface. The thickness of the surface and backing diminishes the harmful effects of impact either from the weight of the employees or falling debris such as cookware, pots, pans, dishes, and more. Adding an anti-fatigue mat in your new restaurant will increase workplace productivity while reducing the likelihood of a slip and fall accident occurring.
The Comfort Flow anti-fatigue mat gives you the power of comfort with a durable, nitrile rubber surface and backing. Use this mat is kitchen areas that are wet or dry and don’t worry about slip and fall accidents as this mat is certified slip resistant by the NFSI.
The Cushion station mat is ideal for back and front of the house areas, being effective in both wet and dry environments. The surface is grease, oil and chemical resistant offering you superior safety and slip-resistant safe guarding.
Applications: Host/Hostess Stands, Dishwasher Stations, Kitchen and Bar Areas
As visitors enter your restaurant, the first line of defense will be the entrance or branded logo mat. This protective barrier helps keep the outdoors and weather outside, cleaning the exterior soles of customers’ shoes. These mats offer safety and cleaning capability, keeping dirt, water, dust, and grime outside, while reducing the chance of slip and fall accidents.
The Waterhog Plus mat boasts a reinforced surface with perforated rubber, offering superb scraping ability. The dirt and outdoor elements will be cleaned off the shoes of visitors before entering your building, thus, reducing floor maintenance costs. This mat comes with a rubber mat surface and backing which grips to the ground. The slip resistant and moisture holding mat is certified “high traction” by the NFSI.
Classic Impressions HD
Your new restaurant will need something to set it apart from the competition – add a vivid, high quality logo mat. The Classic Impressions HD commercial mat comes with a carpeted surface and the ability to customize to your needs with different color, shapes, and sizes!
Applications: Exterior & Interior Entrances
Mat safety in the restaurant is necessary to avoid timely and costly litigation related to slip and fall accidents. Although there are various safety precautions that should be taken, a new restaurant owner should definitely get a walkway audit conducted by a certified walkway auditor. This professional has been trained and will be able to identify slip, trip, and fall hazards as well as how prone the floor is to slips. The report includes diagrams or sometimes photos indicating where and if there are any hazards. This report will help you identify if there are any areas of your facility that need to be adjusted or further safeguarded to protect your employees and customers.
We hope you have found our guide to be informative and helpful in finding the right commercial mat for your new restaurant. If you have any other questions or concerns please contact our team today.