All types of facilities all over North America are embracing Green cleaning. They have learned of its health benefits and are often very excited to go Green. However, usually one of the first things they discover is that Green cleaning involves a lot more than just selecting Green-certified cleaning products. Vacuum cleaners, floor machines, low-moisture extractors, and mats must also be considered.
High-performance matting systems play a crucial role in Green cleaning. So important that facilities can earn at least 1 or 2 points of the 32 required toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification just by installing proper matting systems inside and outside major building entries.
Why is matting so important in Green cleaning? The answer is simple: source control. A major source of soiling in facilities comes from dust and dirt, and high-performance matting keeps the dirt out. Studies show that as much as 80 percent of the dust and dirt entering a facility is tracked in on the shoes of building occupants and visitors. Not adequately controlling the amount of soils entering a facility adds to the time, cost, cleaning chemicals, and equipment necessary to keep the facility clean.
By limiting the amount of dirt entering a facility, buildings stay cleaner, which means fewer cleaning chemicals and products are necessary to maintain the facility. And since the goal of Green cleaning is to clean without harming human health or the environment, any steps, procedures, or products that can help achieve these aims—including matting—become part of a Green cleaning program