At Mats4U we are matting specialists, which means that we know everything there is to know about mats. Whether you want to know more about a certain style of mat, a certain material or a certain feature, we are here to help. Due to our friendly, customer-first approach, we are often asked how to pick and choose different mats for different reasons. And because we’re committed to going the extra mile, we’re always happy to help. 

One of our most frequently asked questions is how to choose a kitchen mat, and so that’s exactly what we’re going to focus on today. Whether you’re looking for a kitchen mat for the home or a kitchen mat for the workplace, we’ve gathered the tricks of the trade that will help you to pick the best possible mat for your needs. 

Choosing A Kitchen Mat For Home 

A kitchen mat can be a fantastic addition to your home, because it is accompanied by all kinds of benefits. It can protect your flooring, keep things clean and hygienic, enhance your decor - and that’s just the beginning. There are a few things to consider when choosing a kitchen mat or kitchen rug, in order for it to have maximum impact.

Size

This is an important factor to consider when selecting a mat, because you don’t want it to dominate the space. To choose the best size for your space, you should put some thought into your placement. We would suggest having the mat in a doorway or dining area. 

Safety

Your safety is the absolute priority. Your mat shouldn’t be a trip or fire hazard, and not only does this influence placement, but it also influences material. We would often recommend coir matting for residential homes, because it is great at removing dirt and debris - and this is the number one purpose of a kitchen mat. However, you wouldn’t place a coir mat directly next to a source of ignition or naked flame. To find out more about coir, check out our blog post, What Is Coir Matting

Style

People often spend a lot of time and money perfecting their home decor. It only makes sense that any additional furniture that you bring into your home is in line with your chosen colours and textures. Luckily, at Mats4U, our mats are available in a huge variety of colours - so you don’t need to worry about your mat sticking out like a sore thumb. See our Solid Colour Mats for a stylish mat in a choice of 30 colours.

Choosing A Kitchen Mat For Business

Kitchen mats are typically required in commercial spaces, such as restaurants, cafes and hotels. This is because these are all places that must comply with strict healthy and safety regulations in order to be operating to the right standard. If you’ve read one of our previous blog posts, Safety In The Kitchen, you’ll already know just how important kitchen safety is, and why it is essential that you do everything that you can to make sure that your staff are protected. 

Choosing a kitchen mat can be difficult because you want to make sure you buy the best mat for the best price. There are a lot of things that you need to consider, such as size, shape, material and properties. Below are our top tips, to make your decision a breeze. 

Consider Your Staff

Before you purchase a kitchen mat, it’s important to identify why you are doing so. Apart from meeting legal requirements, your main reason should be the health and safety of your staff. This is any member of staff that may enter your kitchen, from chefs and cleaners to servers, managers and inspectors. 

Factors to consider include:

  • Who comes into the kitchen?

  • Which areas of the kitchen receive the highest level of footfall?

  • How long do people spend in the kitchen?

 

While these may seem like questions with obvious answers, they can also help you to determine the kind of mat that you need.

It is highly likely that your kitchen staff will spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and that they will do so on their feet. This means that they are standing, or moving around in the same place for an extended period of time. An anti-fatigue kitchen mat, such as the Cushion Station Anti Fatigue Non Slip Mat, will help to increase comfort and ergonomics, in turn boosting morale and productivity. 

Measure Your Space

The most important thing to do is measure the space in which you want your mat. This is so you can order the right amount of kitchen matting. If you order too little, it won’t cover the entire area properly, and may even pose a trip hazard. If you order too much, it will be too big for your chosen area, which could pose a danger or even mean that you can’t get it into the required space at all. 

All you need to measure your space is a tape measure - although make sure you’re doing it when the kitchen isn’t in action, as you don’t want to get in people's way! Once you have your measurements, ideally in centimetres, it’s really easy to select a mat because you already know what you’re looking for.

At Mats4U, our kitchen mats are available in a selection of different sizes or in modular tiled options. Take the Comfort Flow Anti Microbial Rubber Mat, for instance. It’s available in 4 different sizes, from 58cm x 86cm to 114cm x 175cm. No matter how big or small your space is, we’re guaranteed to have something in stock that is suitable. 

Understand Your Hazards

The kitchen mat you choose will likely be dictated by the biggest hazards in the room. This is because different mats have different properties, which means that some are better suited to different areas than others. 

The main hazards in a kitchen include:

  • Water

  • Oil and fat 

  • Chemicals 

  • Overcrowding 

  • Fatigue 

 

Simply by outlining the potential hazards, it is easy to narrow down the perfect kitchen mat. This is because you need to select a mat that is capable of offsetting the various potential hazards in a commercial kitchen. 

A great example of a kitchen mat that can combat almost all of these hazards is the Superscrape Non Slip Mat. Made from 100% nitrile rubber, it is oil and fat resistant, as well as certified slip resistant. This means that, when positioned correctly, it is guaranteed to enhance the overall safety of everyone in the kitchen.  

Kitchen Mats With Mats4U

At Mats4U, we are proud to have a mat suitable for almost every possible industry, location and overarching purpose. This includes, but is by no means limited to, kitchen mats. Our wealth of experience around all things matting also means that we are perfectly suited to helping you choose a kitchen mat - our advice, tips and tricks know no bounds! So whether you’re looking for a mat for the home or a mat for the workplace, you’re in the right place. 

Take your time looking through our extensive collection of mats, we’re sure you’ll find something that ticks all of your boxes. To find out more about a certain kind of mat, don’t hesitate to get in touch. A member of our friendly team will be happy to extend their expertise. Our blog is also full of useful information, so be sure to check it out!