How to clean office mats for chairs and walk in welcome mats - keep them looking great with these tips!

How to clean office mats and walk in welcome mats

When it comes to the first impression a visitor gets of your premises, it may well be that is when they first step on your welcome mat.

A dirty welcome mat that has clearly not been looked after can easily send out the wrong impression to visitors, who may assume your your standards of cleanliness around the rest of your premises are to a similar standard.

The build-up of tough dirt, grit and debris trapped in your office mats pile will need to be removed.

Regular vacuuming is essential for the removal of dry soil from carpet entrance mats both internal and external office mats, to retain a smart appearance. If ignored, dirt particles can be trodden deeper into the mat’s fibres crushing the pile, while becoming sharp, gritty and potentially damaging. This makes cleaning more difficult and matting itself dull in appearance and less effective.

Thorough vacuuming of office mats is essential

As part of your daily cleaning routine, entrance mats should be thoroughly vacuumed at the end of each day. Vacuum both horizontally and vertically on the mat to ensure that all debris is removed on office mats in high footfall areas. In lower footfall areas, vacuuming office mats in one direction should be sufficient.

Ensure that your vacuum strokes are in a systematic, overlapping system to ensure that all areas of the mat are vacuumed fully.

Office mats
Office mats

If your mat is looking grubby and needs a bit more care to make it look great again, the following tips should help:

  • Rubber mats can be cleaned deeper through the use of either a damp cloth on your hands and knees, or the use of a mop and bucket. Just make sure the mope is damp and not too wet.
  • Internal material mats including welcome mats may need the use of a carpet cleaning machine if they can't be cleaned through a washing machine, to give a deeper clean and restore the mat to its former glory.

How to clean office chair mats

Available in a variety of styles, office chair mats are normally there to protect the carpet in your office. The wheeling of the office chair around them all day, along with spillages such as coffee can make them look grubby, very quickly.

The easiest way to clean plastic and similar material office chair mats is to simply mix some washing up liquid with warm water and use a damp cloth to wash both sides of the mats.

You can use a small brush to clean off stubborn dirt and stains or to clean the spikes on the underside of the carpet chair mats. Be careful not to rub too hard with the brush or you might damage the cleats, and be sure to dry the mat off afterwards to prevent smells, especially with the underside when replaced.

Office chair mats can quickly show marks


The ideal temperature for office chair mats is between 60 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit so don’t use them in areas that are colder or hotter for the best results. If your office is near a window where direct sunlight shines in, use blinds or curtains to keep the sun from damaging the mats and the risk of them fading. It is also highly recommended that you don’t use office chair mats in areas where moisture is present to reduce the risk of mold and mildew from forming that can cause serious health problems over a prolonged period of us.

The best way to keep your office mats clean along with the rest of your office premises is to engage the services of a good commercial cleaning company. Click here to find out more about Green Fox Cleaning and our work in the office cleaning sector.

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You can learn about the history of mats on wikipedia by clicking here.