Mats are imperativefor a stained concrete floor with an exterior entrance. Dirt, moisture, and outdoor contaminants, such as de-icers, anti-freeze, fertilizer, and oil, pose an ongoing, significant threat of damage or staining to a decorative concrete floor, no matter how durable the sealer. Mats should be used both inside and outside exterior entrances. A good matting system will reduce dirt accumulation on your floor by 85% or more, and is an easy way to simplify and reduce the maintenance required on your floor.
The best mats to use outside are those made of rope, hemp, or other heavy absorbent fabric that has a high friction open surface designed to knock grit particles off of shoes and trap them. Inside, more densely fabricated mats, such as soft, shag carpets are then effective in removing any remaining dirt and moisture on footwear. Whatever mat you choose, it should have a solid backing so that it is easy to shake out. This backing should be of a good quality rubber or vinyl, so that the mat does not stick to the floor, or stain it. Rubber mats can be cleaned in a washer and dryer. Vinyl mats need to be hosed off and allowed to air dry.
For high traffic entryways, a good rule of thumb is to use at least 15 feet of matting. This allows each foot of your visitors, guests, or customers to touch the matting at least 3 times, and is proven to be most effective in removing the majority of incoming dirt and moisture. The Koffler Sales Company in Lake Zurich, IL, carries a wide selection of floor mats that are perfect for residential or commercial acid stained concrete flooring, as does Consolidated Plastics.