How to Clean Anti-Fatigue Mats

by Lawton Brothers | Oct 18, 2023

Anti-fatigue floor mats are used in various commercial and industrial settings to provide ergonomic support to workers and clients. These floor mats are designed to absorb the physical stress that standing for long periods of time can have on your joints, typically manufactured with a rough nitrile rubber or vinyl backing with a sponge or foam material sandwiched inside. The tough rubber or vinyl on the outside will likely have a textured surface that will further enhance your traction and allow for the scraping of grime and debris from your shoes, while the sponge-y material inside provides buoyancy. Anti-fatigue mats are not only great for their ergonomic benefits, but also for their slip-resistance and floor protection.

Regular Cleaning

All of your anti-fatigue matting should be swept, vacuumed, and dry-mopped regularly. Depending on the foot traffic, you may need to increase the frequency of cleaning, but all mats should be cleaned daily. If you have multiple mats you will be cleaning simultaneously, consider using a cart to transport them. 

Lay the mat on the ground and sweep the mat with a broom or hose it off (the water pressure does not have to be set to high). You can use a deck brush and a bucket of warm water with a mild detergent or neutral cleaner to scrub off any grime and debris. After scrubbing, hang the mat up and rinse it off, ensuring there is no cleaning residue left behind. Allow the mat to dry completely before rolling it up to put it away or returning it to its space on the floor. While the mat is drying, clean the floor underneath, as this will lower the risk of slipping and tripping and allow your mats to stay free of buildup. 

Anti-Fatigue Matting Don’ts: How to Care for Your Mats

Anti-fatigue matting, while designed for durability, requires proper care to ensure they remain in optimal condition. Here are some important dos and don'ts to keep in mind:

Avoid Machine Washing: It may be tempting to toss your anti-fatigue mats into the dishwasher or washing machine for a quick clean, but this is a big no-no. The high heat and harsh chemicals used in these machines can wreak havoc on your mats, causing them to deteriorate and tear prematurely. Instead, opt for manual cleaning methods to maintain their longevity.

Steer Clear of Folding: Folding your anti-fatigue mats may seem like a convenient storage solution, but it can lead to problems in the long run. The repeated bending and folding of these mats can create fissures and tears in the material, significantly reducing their lifespan. It's best to store them flat or consider alternative storage options to prevent damage.

Proper Storage Matters: When your anti-fatigue mats are not in use, consider the following storage options:

  • Lay Them Flat: Storing mats flat is the simplest and safest method to maintain their shape and integrity. It prevents unnecessary stress on the material and keeps them ready for use at any time.
  • Hang Them Up: If space allows, hanging your mats on a mat rack can be an efficient way to store them. This not only prevents creasing but also keeps your workspace neat and organized.
  • Roll Them Up: Rolling your mats is an acceptable storage option if done correctly. When rolling, make sure to avoid creasing and apply gentle, even pressure to prevent damage.

    Taking these precautions will extend the lifespan of your anti-fatigue mats, ensuring they continue to provide you with the support and comfort you need during long hours on your feet. Proper care and storage can make a significant difference in the longevity and effectiveness of these essential accessories in your workspace.

    Mats and More

    With these tips, you can keep your anti-fatigue matting for years! Don’t have any anti-fatigue mats? Look no further than Lawton Brothers. With over a dozen different types of anti-fatigue mats, we’re bound to have something to suit your needs. Give us a call today and we’ll help narrow down the best product for you. So why wait? Call Lawton Brothers today: 800.432.0813.

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