Disposable Floor Mats – 6 Super Reasons For You To Switch

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Disposable Floor Mats- 6 Super Reasons
To Switch To Dycem Mats

Disposable Floor Mats are a nightmare.

The shear thought having to use and dispose of them, sends shivers down the spine of all employees who work in clean, sterile, critical and controlled environments.

Previously, we broke down 5 reasons why these peel-off mats are not the way to reduce the risk and inhibit growth of contamination within your clean areas.

Here, we break down the 6 further reasons why you should stop using Disposable Floor Mats and make the switch to Dycem Contamination Control’s Floating Floors today.

1. A Saving To Your Products, Processes and Profits

We all look to save money where we can.

In these worrying times, businesses with clean and controlled areas are no exception.

A contamination breach at your place of work can result in all sorts of catastrophes; rejected goods, manufacturing downtime and loss of consumer confidence just to name a few.

The negative impact on product yields, reworking and operational effectiveness is significant and the effect on profitability can be considerable.

Where does Your Contamination Come From?

This can be broken down into 2 areas

  • Your foot traffic
  • Your wheeled traffic.

The two of these end up becoming airborne in your critical and clean areas, therefore becoming a huge danger to not only products but potentially your staff and surroundings.

Floor and Wheeled traffic when airborne create a high risk of particle and microbiological contamination.

A source from a 3M study, found that 80% of the contamination that enters the areas that you don’t want it to go to, does so via your foot traffic or wheel traffic at or near floor level.

Switching to a Dycem Floating Floor, with its antimicrobial properties, have proven to show a 75% reduction in airborne particles. When implemented inside or near the intended clean area.

It makes you ask the question, why am I using disposable floor mat, which when ripped up at the end of use, will throw the contaminants it has collected back into the atmosphere instead of finding a much safer solution?

2. Preventing Foot and Wheel Contamination

It is vital that foot and wheel contamination is effectively controlled.

It is commonly thought that using disposable floor mats is the answer to solve all of your contamination problems.

However, tests from a well renowned pharmaceutical company show that Disposable Mats are only 27% effective in preventing foot and wheel contamination.

That is nowhere near efficient enough to ensure maximum protection.

Size Matters

To decontaminate an area successfully, decontamination needs at least six footfalls (three for each foot), or three full wheel rotations as contamination builds up in layers on shoes and wheels.

Disposable Floor Mats have a surface area that is on average five times smaller than a Dycem Mat.

Even if they are ganged together, this is not adequate for them for optimal decontamination purpose.

Plus, they look awful. Whether singular or ganged together.

Dycem floor Mats are customisable for sizes, shapes and colour, so you have the choice as to how you want them to look for your areas.

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3 Disposable Mats do not work well with Wheeled Traffic

As mentioned previously, disposable floor mats cannot allow the three full wheel rotations necessary to decontaminate wheeled traffic.

These mats are also prone to wrapping around wheels of trolleys and carts making it impossible to control cross contamination in corridors.

When the mats are caught up in wheeled traffic, it is even harder to dispose of them and the contamination that they are supposed to remove from the wheels that they have now wrapped around.

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Dycem mats are made of a polymeric compound which has a natural tack and can be installed or loose-laid to you current subfloor.

This means when wheeled traffic is pushed across the Dycem, the natural tack pulls the contamination from your wheels inhibits the movement of particles, therefore cleaning your wheels the further you push along it.

Disposable mats do not have the capabilities for this to occur using them.

4 Disposables are Ineffective with Multiple Footfall

The performance of peel-off mats is greatly reduced with overstrikes.

Overstriking occurs with mats and flooring when multiple users walk over the same part of the same mat.

If a decontamination mat is used correctly i.e. each person stops and takes at least three steps with each foot, overstriking will occur.

To achieve the disposable tacky mat’s optimum 27% effectiveness, it needs to be peeled after every use.

In addition, particles readily transfer back onto footwear, increasing the risk of contamination.

Disposable mats are also too hard to allow contact with all particle sizes from multiple footfalls.

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Small particles will remain on your footwear, even if you think you have removed them.

There is 50% drop in performance when one person uses a disposable mat correctly.

Dycem Mats maintain high performance decontamination even after several Overstrikes, due to you being able to wipe dirt and contaminants away from it.

5. Peeling Your Mats Causes Particle Shedding and Recontamination of the Atmosphere

A study commissioned by a peel-off mat manufacturer highlighted the problem of particle shedding during the rip-up process of peel-off mats.

This exposes staff to viable and non-viable contamination particles during the peeling process.

This is not only unacceptable, it is dangerous and a huge health and safety risk to you personnel. Exposing them to harmful contamination and contaminants.

In tests of disposable peel off mats, an average of 215,000 particles were released during the rip-up process.

The peeling stage releases hundreds of thousands of particles back into the atmosphere.

This not only sounds hazardous, it is hazardous and can cause no end of bother to you or products.

Cleaning with Dycem

Particles captured by Dycem products are contained and removed safely during wet cleaning.

Watch our video below on how you can safely and efficiently clean your Dycem Floor mat

Find more information on cleaning Dycem Decontamination Floor Mats

6. Disposable Floor Mats Harm to Your Environmental and Health & Safety Compliance

Peeling a disposable mat generates a 20cm (8”) ball of waste each time a mat is ripped up and generate enough waste to fill multiple dumpsters/skips in a single year (average estimates have proven between 8-25 dumpsters).

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As the surface area of the peel-off mat is exposed to contaminated particles, it should be treated as secondary waste which costs more to dispose of safely.

Dycem Decontamination Mats are cleaned as part of your regular floor cleaning schedule, therefore they do not impact on your daily waste volumes.

Dycem also has the potential to be recycled into less critical applications at the end of their lifecycle.

Their Use of Adhesive

The use of adhesive in disposable peel off’s also presents a health and safety risk to cleanroom personnel.

The adhesive often pulls and rips overshoes and also causes a severe tripping hazard.

Dycem’s floor mat has an natural tacky surface, way more environmentally friendly and efficient when it comes to removing contamination from the specific areas you need to be clean.

In Summary, it is time to ask yourself, It is time for my Disposable Floor Mats to be disposed of?

Switch to Dycem mats today and wipe away the risk of contamination, rather than tear up your company reputation and waste your chance at using a more practical solution.

Contact us today for your free sample and free site survey

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