A floor mat is a great way for businesses to welcome customers and to elevate the workplace’s appearance.
What isn’t so great is when a floor mat bunches up, slips or slides and poses a risk for injury. No one wants to step onto a floor mat that is not properly secured to the vinyl floor beneath and have the rug slip right along with them.
The following six ideas, tips and products will help keep that floor mat from sliding, reduce the potential for injuries or accidents and add to the look of the overall space.
There are a variety of ways to keep a rug in place, ranging from using simple and quick DIY tactics to adding products designed to hold it in place to calling a professional who can offer commercial floor mats designed specifically with nonslip technology.
1. Attach Nonslip Strips or Rug Grips
A popular solution to a slippery floor mat is the use of nonslip strips or rug grips. The two function similarly but vary in shape and placement.
Rug grips are most commonly placed on the underside of the floor mat in the corners. Nonslip strips are placed across the bottom of the mat.
The nonslip strip or grip is typically made up of a silicone material that creates friction against the floor. This friction is what keeps the mat securely in place.
The advantage to both options is that neither creates additional bulk or bumps in the floor mat, which allows the floor mat to remain flat against the floor — just as it was before placing the strips.
2. Use a Nonslip Gripper Pad or Underlay
An easy, off-the-shelf solution is a gripper pad or nonslip underlay. This can be found in the rug section of any big-box store, so the convenience alone makes this a well-liked option.
The pad either comes in a roll that can be cut to size or can be purchased to match the size of the existing mat it will secure.
The underlay is placed beneath the floor mat so that it sits between the floor and the mat. The rubbery surface of the nonslip padding grips both the rug and the flooring when pressure is applied. When someone steps across the mat, the underlay grips both surfaces, and the floor mat is unable to slip and slide.
The downfall of using the off-the-shelf underlay is that it can be made of a rubber material that contains a chemical that may stain or harm vinyl flooring.
3. Adhere Double-Sided Carpet Tape
Another quick, easy fix for a slippery floor mat is double-sided carpet tape. Using double-sided tape is as easy as it sounds. Simply peel off the backing on one side of the tape and attach it to the floor. Peel off the second side of backing once it is attached securely to the floor, and then place the floor mat on top.
The adhesive used for commercial tape versus residential carpet tape is extraordinarily strong. Be sure the product selected is a product that is safe for vinyl flooring. That will ensure it does not leave any residue.
To keep a large floor mat in place, strips of carpet tape should be placed across the floor to match the width of the mat. If the floor mat is small, then placing tape in each corner will be sufficient to keep it place.
4. Add Hook-and-Loop Grips or Strips
Just like the rug grip or nonslip strips, hook-and-loop strips attach to the mat at either the corners or in strips across the mat’s underside. The difference is that the hook-and-loop system requires two pieces to attach. The hook and loop attach to each other where one is attached to the mat and the other to the floor. When the two are pushed together, a tight hold is achieved.
The difference between using hook and loop and the rug grip is that the hook-and-loop pieces attach to the floor and the mat, making it a more permanent option. If you are hesitant about adhering anything to the floor, then the hook and loop may not be the right option.
One advantage to using hook and loop is that it will hold tighter than the grips and strips. Another advantage is that the mat can be detached and moved when needing to clean under the floor mat.
As noted earlier, the only drawback is that if the mat will be moved, then the strips will need to be removed, and the hook and loop may leave an adhesive residue on both the floor and the mat.
5. Use Furniture to Weigh It Down
Using what is already on hand is another option. Using the weight of furniture will secure the floor mat so it will not slip and slide.
This solution is only an option if the floor mat is in an area where an item of furniture could readily be added to secure it. The floor mat would also need to be in an area where the furniture’s placement would not interfere with the floor mat’s purpose and placement.
6. Purchase a Nonslip Mat
If all the other options discussed so far are too permanent or require too many additional products, then consider the purchase of a new nonslip floor mat.
A nonslip floor mat is by far the simplest solution. Floor mats already equipped with special nonslip technology are available.
This solution works if a floor mat has not already been purchased. Opting for a nonslip floor mat from the start is the way to go.
Purchasing a nonslip mat ensures no additional products need to be put down or attached to the mat, and the mat will stay securely in place wherever you want to place it.
What option best fits your needs?
Out of the six ideas, products and tips covered, choosing the best option for your needs will ensure that slippery floor mat will remain in one place.
Keeping a floor mat secure will lend a better look to the overall space and reduce the potential for injuries or accidents.