How to Care for Your WaterHog Mat

by Chris Martin on February 3, 2014

You’ve purchased a durable, attractive WaterHog floor mat for your business. Congratulations! You will soon come to appreciate how wonderfully it traps copious amounts of liquid and prevents all kinds of soil, dirt, and mud from making it to the interior floors of your shop, store, or office. But it’s important to keep in mind that in order for your floors to remain as clean as they can be, you must remain diligent in keeping your WaterHog clean.

With all of the daily responsibilities that you must address as a business owner, it’s easy to see how cleaning your WaterHog could be pushed down on your list of priorities. However, if you disregard this chore, it will take more time to clean your floors than it already does. In addition, the more soil and moisture that you allow to build up on your WaterHog, the greater the cleaning time you will spend on your floor mat.

Clean Daily or As Needed

With that it mind, it’s good to get into the habit of vacuuming your WaterHog on a daily basis. You can use a standard upright vacuum cleaner or wet/dry shop vac equipment to perform the cleaning. An alternate method would be to hang the mat up and spray clean it with a hose and let it dry for at least an hour. During inclement weather conditions when workers and customers may track in mud, water, or ice slush, you may want to clean your WaterHog more frequently. A good rule of thumb is to vacuum your WaterHog as soon as it appears darker than usual or if you start to notice soil or moisture buildup on its surface.

“Deep Clean” Every 10 to 14 Days

It’s also smart to “deep clean” you WaterHog every ten to fourteen days with a deep extraction system. If you prefer, you can use a mild soap or a carpet cleaning solution to produce better results. In areas where you may notice dry, crusty salt stains from de-icing material used on sidewalks and driveways, soaking your WaterHog for half an hour in hot water and a neutral soap solution before cleaning it with your extraction system.

Pay Attention To Equipment and Cleaning Methods

Of course, your WaterHog will only achieve its maximum cleanliness if your cleaning equipment is in good working condition. So ensure that all belts, bags, and brushes are secure and operating properly. In addition, your equipment should be used in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines. A “too-hurried” method of vacuuming will produce subpar results and increase cleaning times if the task must be repeated.

For Especially Tricky Stains

Finally, pay attention to the type of soil that is tarnishing your WaterHog mat. Dry soils can be cleaned effectively with a standard two-motor vacuum with the brush on the setting lowest to the ground. For wet, sticky soils, an extraction system or hose-cleaning is recommended. You can even use non-bleach carpet stain cleaners if you need to remove a particularly troublesome stain or spill from your WaterHog.

Any WaterHog cleaning questions can be answered by the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Ultimate Mats. And don’t forget: if you take care of your WaterHog mat, it will take care of you!

Image credits #1, #3: Ultimate Mats

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