No matter how reliable floor mats are at purchase, they will eventually succumb to the stresses of their job. Between heavy foot traffic, harsh cleaning procedures, dirt and moisture buildup, and weakening, they’re constantly worn down. Their colors fade, their backing thins, and their edges curl. Between losing traction and becoming a tripping hazard, old floor mats can be more dangerous than helpful. That’s when you know it’s time to retire those old floor mats.
But what else can you do with them?
Creative Uses for Old Floor Mats
At the first signs of curling and shifting, it is imperative that deteriorating floor mats get replaced. This, however, does not mean that they need to be thrown out right away. Considering the synthetic materials floor mats are generally made of (rubber, polypropylene, foam), they aren’t always the best for the environment. They also take a long time to biodegrade. Finding another way to dispose of or use old mats is a great alternative to the landfill.
Here are some things you can do with your old floor mats:
Repurpose Old Floor Mats
Repurposing is one way you can get more use out of your mats, even after they become unsafe for floor use. For instance, they can be cut for use as an underlining for your garden and indoor pots. Also, they can be made into effective coasters. There are tons of DIY options for old mats.
Most floor mats are made of rubber material and are sturdy and long-lasting. This makes them highly useful for repurposing around the office or home. Successful repurposing allows you to exhaust all possible uses and years out of these lasting materials.
Send Old Floor Mats to Recycling
Cities and states have different guidelines for recycling, but large rubber floor mats are generally accepted. Check with your local recycling facility to find out their specific practices. Large items or specific materials might only be accepted at certain times and locations.
Donate to Animal Shelters
Animal shelters, barns, and stables usually have rubber matting on the floors of animal enclosures. They are normally put in place to help keep floors clean or to protect the animals. Brand new floor mats can be quite expensive and out of the price range for most animal shelters. Partner with a local shelter or barn and see if they can use your floor mats.
Rental and Mat Disposal
Unfortunately, the majority of used commercial floor mats get disposed of before they get their second lease on life. This adds to landfills and contributes to many problems associated with them. It just is not convenient for many businesses to have to add floor mat recycling to their already full plates.
This is why commercial floor mat rental remains the most ideal option for businesses. Not only do you get access to top-notch floor mat selection and complete maintenance services, but you also won’t have to deal with old mats.
The process is simple: receive your floor mats, get new ones when they are picked up for cleaning, and repeat. With a reliable commercial floor mat rental service, your floor mats become the last and least of your worries!
National Dust Control Has Your Mat Needs Covered
From ensuring high-quality materials to professionally caring for every mat in your business, NDC has your back. Contact NDC today! Call us at (800) 238-2387 for more information about our products, services, and pricing. Feel free to contact us through our online portal as well.