Featured Frequently Asked Questions
Is your packaging eco friendly?
Many people ask us about the environmental credentials of our cardboard and plastic packaging, and whether either is recycled or recyclable. Materials such as card and plastic continue to be a key issue when it comes to saving our planet. COBA is taking a step forward by delivering products dispatched from our warehouses using 100% […]
How do anti-fatigue mats help?
There are many industrial matting options available today, some specifically designed to reduce fatigue from prolonged standing. Anti-fatigue mats can be manufactured from many different materials, such as rubber matting, PVC, vinyl foam to give just a few examples, but all will provide some form of cushioning under foot for a comfortable standing surface. Some materials, such as rubber […]
Do you do bespoke matting?
Some of our matting products are available in custom made sizes. You can reference the size guide in the specification details relating to individual products. Products that are available in custom sizes are usually described as ‘special sizes available on request’. Please note that delivery times are normally longer when matting is ‘made to order’. […]
What is modular matting?
Modular matting refers to any mat that is made of interlocking components. This could be interlocking floor tiles or sections of matting. Examples include Comfort-Lock, High-Duty, Fatigue-Step, Flexi-Deck, Bubblemat. They are useful because they can be linked together to cover different floor sizes, and as they are in sections, they are easy to handle and […]
Will matting cause a trip hazard?
If it sits too ‘proud’ from the ground and doesn’t have bevelled (ramped) edges, then yes matting can sometimes cause a trip hazard. The thicker (deeper) the mat, the more essential it is to have bevelled edges to reduce the risks of tripping. Many of our workplace mats have tapered edges as standard, or we […]
Will swarf stick into the matting?
Where there is swarf present, it is always advisable to opt for open hole mats rather than those with solid surfaces. Open hole designs, such as COBAmat® allow swarf to fall ‘through’ the mat. Loose swarf on a solid surface mat can become a slip hazard, and sharp debris can pierce or stick into the […]
Should I choose matting with holes or a solid top?
This depends on the environment, primarily whether it is wet or dry. If it is wet or oily, then we recommend a mat with open holes to provide drainage for liquid spillage to help prevent slip hazards. Open holes also allow dry debris to fall ‘through’ the mat, rather than rest on the mat’s surface. […]
Why do I need matting with holes in it? Surely it’ll clog up?
Very often for safety reasons to reduce the risk of slipping. Holes provide ‘drainage’ for liquid spillage, and capture debris in swarf-prone areas. Dry dust and debris can also be a slip hazard as they act like marbles on the floor surface. If debris falls ‘through’ the mat, then this risk is minimised. Matting with […]
How do your wear ratings work?
Our wear ratings are for guidelines only and illustrated with foot symbol. 5 ‘yellow dots’ signal the highest wear rating, meaning these products are suitable for heavy-duty use. ‘3’ is for moderate and 1 ‘yellow dot’ is for lightweight use only. Each environment is different and some locations may be more punishing than others. Our […]
When is it best to use loose lay entrance mats?
What are loose lay entrance mats? Loose lay entrance mats are matting that does not have to be installed either in a matwell or adhered to the floor. They can simply be placed onto the floor surface and then removed quickly and easily when no longer needed. It is not necessary to prepare the floor […]
Do you offer free samples?
Yes, upon request, we will swiftly post you as many or as few, of the product samples you require, in the colours that you require them in, all of which are clearly labeled for your reference. Free samples can very often be with you by the next day.
Do you make large entrance matting?
Yes we can make bespoke entrance matting, made to measure entrance matting. Simply contact us.
Which entrance matting is best for outdoor use?
The best outdoor entrance matting option is Plan.a with PVC scrapers.
I have a logo and text I would like to incorporate on an entrance mat, do you offer these options?
Yes, we can incorporate your company logo or text, onto a logo mat. Upto 6 colours can be used from a choice of 40. We also offer a Pantone colour matching service to ensure your logo will look great.
Why do I need entrance matting?
Entrance Matting is crucial for underfoot safety to prevent slips and trips. The matting can stop dirt and moisture being walked into buildings, and can reduce cleaning and maintenance costs. Effective entrance matting can prolong the life of your interior floor coverings.
What size entrance matting do I need?
The first place to start is with a free site survey, our sales team will come to your premises and make matting recommendations to suit your environment and budget, helping you get the very best from your investment. Whether it is down to product choice, or measuring the area in which the matting is to […]
Where is the best place to fit entrance matting?
We recommend when choosing an entrance matting system that zoning is considered. In order to determine the correct product. We’ve also put together these tips for first time buyers.
Are there any benefits for installing aluminum entrance matting?
Aluminium systems can be more luxurious products, which are more hard wearing and have a longer warranty. We’ve also investigated in detail if aluminium entrance matting is worth the investment.
How long will it take to produce entrance matting?
Entrance matting, production time depends on which product you select, as some products are on the shelf items and some are bespoke. Please contact our sales team who will be able to advise accordingly
What’s the recommended size for entrance matting?
We can’t stress the importance of length enough when it comes to entrance matting, and the optimum length for moisture wiping. A long enough ‘walk off’ area is needed because people don’t stop to wipe their feet. Our team at COBA Flooring recommends allowing a minimum of six footsteps to wipe footwear. Also bear in […]
What type of entrance matting do you recommend in a revolving door?
We would suggest our Plan.a aluminium system or alternatively our Premier products in a revolving door.
How does aluminum entrance matting perform with snow and moisture?
Aluminium entrance matting is good at wiping shoes, and can enable debris or moisture to fall through the mat (open construction) – keeping the surface debris free.
How do I find out what the best entrance mat is for my needs?
Our knowledgeable sales teams are based in offices throughout Europe and South Africa, they are here to help you make the right decision. We can provide free product samples and conduct site surveys. We also have a helpful after-sales Customer Service team. If you have a query, we confidently answer it, usually in your own […]
Do your entrance mats reduce moisture and dirt being walked into the building?
Yes, all of our entrance matting has been designed to reduce moisture being walked into buildings.
Over time does the colour of your entrance mats fade / discolour?
Carpet can fade within time, our warranties vary between 2 years – 10 years.
Approximately how long should my entrance matting last?
This all depends on the environment the entrance matting has been installed in, and whether it has been correctly specified for its purpose. A good cleaning and maintenance routine will also help to prolong its life.
Which entrance matting systems absorb better?
Entrance matting with a high percentage of carpet will deliver the best moisture absorbing performance, combined with scraping inserts. We have Alba or Needlepunch carpet options availble. Our team can specify the ideal combination of inserts on your matting that will be suitable for your needs.
Which entrance matting systems scrape the best?
Plan.a Needlepunch or Plan.b with Brushes are the best entrance matting systems which scrape best.
Does COBA Europe offer guarantees?
Yes, many of our products have guarantees. Please refer to individual products for guarantee details and warranty periods.
What is a dust control mat?
A dust control mat is a door mat that has been designed to remove and capture dust particles carried in on footwear. Dust particles are trapped within the mat to help prevent them polluting the atmosphere. Our best performing dust control mats include Microfibre Doormat, Dirt Trapper, Tough-Turf, Loopermat.
Which is the best scraper entrance mat for outdoor use?
A good scraper entrance mat should generally be suitable for outdoor use and is designed to scrape the bulk of dirt from footwear before entering a building. We recommend outdoor scraper mats with a tough, abrasive top surface either with flexible or rigid nodules, or ribbed/textured ‘scraping’ designs to remove dirt particles from footwear. Mats […]
PVC matting, because PVC does not support the growth of bacteria and is therefore more hygienic. It is also comfortable to walk on barefoot and provides a safer anti-slip surface. Our recommended products include: Leisure Mat and Flexi-Deck PVC Floor Tiles. Leisure Mat Swimming Pool Matting This is a product that is used for the safety […]
Which matting is best for harsh chemicals/aggressive machine oils?
Generally rubber matting that has some nitrile content. In our range, we would recommend the following products: High Duty, High-Duty Grit, Bubblemat Nitrile, K-Mat, COBAdot Nitrile, GripGuard, Fatigue-Step Blue, Fatigue-Step Grit Top, COBAscrape, Worksafe Blue, and Orthomat Ultimate. Please refer to the Workplace Product Selector in our catalogue for further guidance, or contact our Customer […]
Can forklift trucks drive over the matting?
Forklift trucks will damage most mats. This normally occurs when the wheels are turned on the product. Tough-Lock Tiles can be used in conjunction with forklifts, but we suggest bonding the tiles to the floor for the best performance.
Can I cut the matting to size myself?
It depends on the construction of the product, and whether it has a backing. Those products that have multiple layers ‘sandwiched’ together are not ideal for cutting because the inner materials need to be sealed. Some PVC products can be successfully cut. Please seek advice from our Customer Service team to see if the matting […]
What’s the best way to clean the matting?
The material your mats are manufactured from will influence the recommended method of cleaning. For entrance mats, please refer to our comprehensive cleaning guide. For rubber or PVC matting, we generally recommend brushing, mopping and pressure washing with a detergent. Please refer to the Technical Specification details for each product, published on this website and […]
What is the best size for an individual anti fatigue mat?
That depends on whether your job requires standing in a static position, or whether you need to walk alongside machinery or equipment. If you are standing in a static position, then a smaller mat can suffice. However, if you need to take steps (walk) within your workspace, then always make sure the matting is as […]
How long will the matting last?
There are many influencers. It depends on the environment in which it has been installed, whether it is suitable for that particular environment, and how it is maintained. Also usage needs to be considered. For example, three shifts would wear matting quicker than a one shift environment. This underlines the importance of correctly specified matting. […]
What is the most durable matting?
Orthomat Ultimate, Solid Fatigue Step, Fatigue Step, Cobamat, Superdry and Cobawash would be considered some of the most durable matting in their respective categories.
Is there any legislation to say that I need matting?
Not as such. However, as part of the Health and Safety at Work Act, employers are responsible for ensuring that workplace floors are safe. This includes taking measures to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls for employees and visitors. General health and wellbeing is a factor too. If workers have to regularly stand […]
Do you offer site surveys or visits?
Yes, we do. We offer free site surveys to our customers throughout the UK. Our experienced sales team operates nationwide and they are more than happy to visit your premises to assess your requirements and make recommendations. We regularly accompany our distributors on site visits.