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Green Building & Mat Rental Service

An Integral Component of a Green Building

Soil is everywhere and managing it is a vital part of our everyday existence. At the heart of every effective rental mat program is the prevention of contaminants from entering a building. The U.S. Green Building Council has developed a rating system for new and existing buildings to encourage building owners to earn credit for meeting certain housekeeping criteria.

How Should An Effective Rental Mat Perform? In a Green Building, an entrance mat is the first line of defense against contaminants and particles entering the building. As such, there are four things an entrance mat should do:

  • Stop soil and water. 85% of all soil enters a building on the feet of the building occupants. High performance mats are more effective at stopping soil from entering buildings.
  • Store soil and water for removal at a convenient time. Storing means that a high performance mat contains soil in a place where it can be removed effectively and safely with minimum impact on the building. An effective rental mat stores the soil and water until it is removed during the professional laundering process at the Textile Rental Company. A building with minimized contaminants reduces the amount of cleaning chemicals required. This reduces airborne contaminants and volatile organic contaminants from cleaning chemicals, thereby improving a building’s Indoor Air Quality.
  • Minimize tracking of stored soil and water into the building. A mat with high twist, heat set nylon yard not only effectively removes dirt from the soles of shoes, but it also filters dirt and water down to the base of the carpet to prevent it from being transferred into the building. This is perhaps the most important thing an entrance mat should do. Mats with a non-heat set carpet surface will crush flat and once soil is deposited on these mats, it can reattach to the shoe of another person and be tracked further into the building.
  • Provide a safe surface for traffic. Effective rental mats utilize a slip resistant nitrile rubber backing, which provides traction for the mat on the floor. These mats are designed to stop moisture at the door, reducing the incidences of slip/fall accidents on unprotected floor surfaces.

Mountville Mills is a member of the Green Building Council and they manufacture the mats we use and train us on “effective practices.”

Baltimore Washington Mat Facts

Let us help you accomplish your green building goals. Our business is naturally environmentally responsible. Our customers recycle through reuse. We use quality products, proven processes and long tenured personnel at Baltimore Washington Mat Service. Our success is a result of “The Three P’s”, product, process and personnel. Baltimore Washington Mat Service employees have been serving some of the finest companies in the Washington DC, Baltimore, Northern Virginia, Delaware, Southern Pennsylvania and Delmarva areas. Many of our customers still have the same route service rep they had when they started. Mop service, aprons & towels, floor mats and matting, microfiber mops and towels and more. Check our Easy Programs page for a ready-made program, or let us design a custom mat program for your medical facility office, plant, school, warehouse or business.


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