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What Is Interior Soil and How to Stop It with a Zone Defense

Posted by GMV Sales on Oct 9, 2018 1:07:02 PM

What Is Interior Soil and How to Stop It


logo2xAs the leading resource in foodservice mats and floor matting, we are pleased to introduce Notrax® high-quality solutions, which can be used in a wide variety of foodservice applications.


Simply put, interior soil is dirt that makes it inside your restaurant or foodservice operation. Nobody wants it, and everyone wants an easy way to prevent it.


Interior soil can be the grime that comes off the sidewalk on a rainy day. It's the mud your customers drag in from the parking lot. As fall begins and we start to see the beautiful foliage, it's also the dried up flakes of maple and oak leaves that enter your building on the bottom of your shoes.


The bottom line is interior soil is inevitable, but much of it can be prevented.

Introducing the 15-Foot Rule



Think about this. Up to 80 percent of interior soil that enters your building comes from foot traffic, and the number one way to prevent interior soil is to provide entrance floor matting so dirt won't build up on your floors.


But there's more to it than that.


With interior soil, we have the 15-foot rule, which basically states that at least 15 feet of floor matting is required to remove the majority of dirt and debris that comes from foot traffic, which again, is 80 percent of the cause.


The reason we recommend 15 feet is because each foot will make contact with the matting at least three times before a customer actually reaches your floors. This provides adequate time for scraping and drying of dirt and moisture before someone enters your foodservice operation.


Fifteen feet of floor matting is an effective way at keeping dirt out, as well as preserving the interior design aspects of your operation. Floor maintenance costs will go down, and the life of the flooring will go up, especially during winter months when snow melting chemicals become part of the equation. And as far as safety goes on damp, wet days? Floor mats will prevent slippery floors.


Play Zone Defense When Preventing Interior Soil


When we think about keeping dirt out, it can actually come down to playing zone defense. Depending on how your building's entrance is set up, you can break down interior soil prevention in three ways.


Zone 1 is where the majority of scraping and drying will take place. This zone is typically outside the main entrance and uses heavy, weather-resistant mattings with fibers to remove as much as 40 percent of the dirt and moisture.


Zone 2 is often found in the foyer or entryway of a facility. Matting fibers should target finer particles and debris while really starting on the moisture absorption process, giving these mats a dual process.


Zone 3 is where all the drying and cleaning are completed, with virtually all dirt and moisture removed from shoes. These mats are softer and more absorbent to really focus on removing the last bits of moisture left after Zone 2.




Zone 4. You always have the opportunity to talk with a subject matter expert.


Think of us as defensive coordinators. We can help you come up with a plan to eliminate interior soil in your restaurant or foodservice operation.


logo2xFrom the zone defense listed above to mats build for comfort and safety in the back of the house, look to Notrax for safety, comfort, sanitary maintenance, anti-slip, and anti-fatigue ergonomics.


Schedule some time to talk with an expert at GMV Sales today to learn more about mat and floor solutions from Notrax.


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