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Rental Vs. Purchasing Mats - The Facts
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Home > Branch Supplies > Floor Matting > Rental Vs. Purchasing Mats - The Facts

Myth: Renting is more convenient than owning mats.
The service interval for mat rental ranges from weekly, bi-monthly or monthly. Based on need, most facilities have a contractor or their own staff clean their mats daily.

Myth: One mat and one size fits all applications.
Fact: Mat rental programs offer small sizes that are not big enough to be effective, sometimes requiring multiple mats which cause safety issues. A truly effective mat program includes Scraper mats, Scraper/wiper mats, Wiper Mats, Anti-Fatigue mats and Anti-Slip mats.

Myth: Rental mats stop dirt and moisture.
Fact: Over a brief period of time, the nylon face fiber on a rental mat crushes flat allowing dirt to track into the building. The construction of a rental mat, when saturated, allows water to flow off the mat and create a safety hazard. Water Hog Entrance mats have a permanent bi-level face to eliminate crushing, create a ""door filter"", and provide years of performance life. Also, the water dam border contains dirt and moisture on the mat.

Myth: Rental mats are always delivered clean and attractive.
Fact: The age of a rental may range from new to 8 - 10 years old. The quality and appearance may vary considerably from one service to the next. Mats that are in disrepair may cause safety hazards and inconsistent appearance negatively affects your image.

Myth: All rental mats are changed and cleaned regularly.
Fact: Most outside scraper mats, anti-fatigue mats on rental program are not changed at all. It is left to the facility to care for the mat.

Myth: Rental mats are envirmentally friendly.
Fact: Rental mats require fuel for pickup and delivery, energy for washing and drying, and add chemicals to the waste water. Not only are Water Hog Eco mats constructed of recycled materials, they also perform for 5-10 years.

Myth: Renting mats is economical.
Fact: Rental mats are very expensive as a long term matting option. At an average of $.20 per square foot per week a single 3x5 rental mat costs a facility $780 over a five year period. In contrast, a purchased 3x5 Water Hog Eco Elite mat costs the facility approximately $100.

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