Guide to Restaurant Floor Mats

A mat for every application in your restaurant space.

 

Restaurants can vary widely in terms of their aesthetics, layouts, culinary styles, and themes. On the other hand, all restaurants, in general, share the same basic structure when it comes to the various areas or zones of the establishment, such as the entranceway, kitchen, dining area, dishwashing zone, and receiving or backdoor area.

As restaurants in many parts of the country are preparing to reopen to full or semi-full capacity, it might be a good idea to reevaluate whether the mats currently being used in the different areas of your restaurant are best suited to their purpose.

 


The Right Mat for Each Area of Your Restaurant

Use this facility guide to find the right mat for a specific location in your restaurant. Choosing the right mat can help make staff happier and healthier and bring together the experience for your customers. Here is a breakdown of the most common areas of a restaurant and the mats that are best suited to those areas.

Not all mats are created equal. Shopping for foodservice matting is the first step, but this only takes care of mats used by restaurant staff in the kitchen. Throughout your facility, many other mat types are needed. Entry mats, anti-fatigue mats, rubber outdoor mats, non-slip mats, and others.

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Outside Entrance Mats

Outdoor entrance mats are constantly exposed to the elements. Over time, sunlight and extreme temperatures will wear out the fibers of a mat not designed for outdoor functions. A rubber entrance mat is well suited for outdoor placement.

A rubber entrance mat works as the first line of defense against moisture and debris brought in by foot traffic. The Ridge Scraper features a raised-bar construction that will begin the scraping process and keep your restaurant’s entrance area clean.

 
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    Finger Scrape®
    All-weather finger scraper outdoor entrance mat
    Starting at: $8.00

    SKU: T28 Buy Now
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    Ridge Scraper™
    Durable rubber outdoor high-low scraping entrance mat
    Starting at: $64.00

    SKU: T29 Buy Now
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    WEB TRAX®
    PVC chemical resistant non slip floor mat for drainage and support
    Starting at: $247.00

    SKU: 539 Buy Now
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    Oct-O-Flex™
    Outdoor entrance mat has holes to drain water and debris away.
    Starting at: $47.00

    SKU: 599 Buy Now
  • Entry from Outside

    A tough outdoor entrance mat works as the first defense against moisture and debris brought into your restaurant.


  • Indoor Entrance Mats

    Secondary entrance mats are rated for inside or outside use. Secondary entrance mats are designed to continue the scraping process using a high/low rib design that will scrape and trap debris from the bottom of shoes.

    A secondary entrance mat is also ideal for a logo mat. These mats can provide the same level of entranceway protection as other entrance way mats, and they can add an aesthetic quality that will promote your establishment’s brand or message.

     
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      Water Master™
      Waffle pattern that is raised and crushproof to clean bottom of shoes
      Starting at: $73.00

      SKU: T35 Buy Now
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      Atlantic Olefin™
      Entrance mat for drying shoes for light to medium traffic areas
      Starting at: $58.00

      SKU: T37 Buy Now
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      Bristol Ridge™
      Ribbed pattern entrance mat for cleaning the bottom of shoes
      Starting at: $22.00

      SKU: T39 Buy Now
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      Superior Impact™ Logo Mat
      Stops dirt and debris while promoting your brand/message
      Starting at: $91.00

      SKU: 193 Buy Now
  • Inside the Front Door

    An indoor entrance mat works in conjunction with your outdoor mat to keep debris from entering your restaurant.


  • Host/Hostess Station & Cash Register

    Hosts and hostesses constantly move in and out of their stations as they greet and escort guests to their tables. Mats for these areas are general-purpose, anti-fatigue mats that will provide back and leg support for employees.

     
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      Comfort Rest Pebble
      Foam anti-fatigue pebble-texture surface
      Starting at: $19.00

      SKU: T41 Buy Now
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      Superfoam™ Revive RS
      Super soft rubberized gel foam anti-fatigue mat for extreme comfort
      Starting at: $33.00

      SKU: 425 Buy Now
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      Comfort Rest Ribbed
      Foam anti-fatigue ribbed surface
      Starting at: $19.00

      SKU: T42 Buy Now
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      Superfoam™ Plus
      Best soft gel foam anti-fatigue mat for extreme comfort
      Starting at: $33.00

      SKU: T57 Buy Now
  • Hosting the Customer

    A quality mat selection with anti-fatigue properties for the host/ess always on the move.


  • Behind the Bar

    Mats designed to be used in behind-the-bar areas are generally anti-fatigue mats with drainage holes that provide non-slip support for workers required to stand for long periods of time in potentially wet areas.

    Mats intended for use in these areas often feature a lightweight anti-fatigue design with beveled edges that will reduce tripping hazards making it the ideal choice for this area.

     
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      Superfoam™
      Extremely lightweight PVC/Nitrile foam blend anti-fatigue mat
      Starting at: $80.00

      SKU: T17 Buy Now
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      Plasti-Tile™
      Interlocking shelf liners for food prep and bar areas
      Starting at: $8.00

      SKU: T47 Buy Now
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      Superflow™ Black
      Lightweight reversible restaurant kitchen floor mat
      Starting at: $42.00

      SKU: T18 Buy Now
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      Competitor™
      Everyday lightweight restaurant floor mat
      Starting at: $38.00

      SKU: T30 Buy Now
  • The Bartender

    Often always on their feet on a wet floor, these mats offer cushion, drainage and non-slip properties for your most visited employee.


  • Order/Water Station

    Water or computer stations are where servers input guest’s orders and they are often located somewhere between the dining room and kitchen. As food is brought through this area from the kitchen, grease and oils can be tracked into the computer station. This means that a mat for this zone should be a grease-resistant anti-fatigue mat that will offer support and traction for workers. The grease-resistant nitrile/PVC construction of these mats makes them ideal for any computer or water station.

     
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      Superfoam™
      Extremely lightweight PVC/Nitrile foam blend anti-fatigue mat
      Starting at: $80.00

      SKU: T17 Buy Now
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      Drain Lite™
      Economical everyday lightweight restaurant floor mat
      Starting at: $147.00

      SKU: 619 Buy Now
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      Superflow™ Black
      Lightweight reversible restaurant kitchen floor mat
      Starting at: $42.00

      SKU: T18 Buy Now
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      Comfort Zone™ Black
      Heavy-duty anti-fatigue drainage restaurant rubber mat
      Starting at: $115.00

      SKU: 544 Buy Now
  • Refill Station

    Visited by every waiter and waitress and often wet, these mats are non-slip provide drainage.


  • Buffet/Salad Bar

    Mats intended for use in a salad bar area should be general-purpose mats that provide support and traction for guests as they get their food. Mats intended for use in these areas often feature a low-profile construction that will provide reliable traction for customers and employees.

     
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      Superfoam™
      Extremely lightweight PVC/Nitrile foam blend anti-fatigue mat
      Starting at: $80.00

      SKU: T17 Buy Now
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      Atlantic Olefin™
      Entrance mat for drying shoes for light to medium traffic areas
      Starting at: $58.00

      SKU: T37 Buy Now
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      Grip-Sorb™
      Repositionable, adhesive-backed tacky mat with absorption capabilities
      Starting at: $425.00

      SKU: 048 Buy Now
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      Superflow™ Black
      Lightweight reversible restaurant kitchen floor mat
      Starting at: $42.00

      SKU: T18 Buy Now
  • Self Serve Areas

    A buffet and good salad bar will draw a lot of traffic. These general purpose mats are tough and offer great traction.


  • In the Kitchen

    Red mats that are rated for greasy or oily areas are ideal for kitchens. Putting a mat that is not grease resistant in the kitchen will cause rapid deterioration and deformation that could end up being a safety hazard.

    Mats designed for use in kitchen areas are typically heavy-duty kitchen mats that provide the highest level of grease resistance. Some mats in this category are also lightweight, which makes them easy to load onto a mat rack for cleaning.

     
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      San-Eze® II
      Top-of-the-line Cadillac grease resistant red restaurant kitchen mat
      Starting at: $117.00

      SKU: T11 Buy Now
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      San-Eze®
      Premier anti fatigue grease resistant restaurant kitchen mat
      Starting at: $98.00

      SKU: T12 Buy Now
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      Tek-Tough® Black
      Heavy-duty anti-fatigue drainage restaurant rubber mat
      Starting at: $80.00

      SKU: T13 Buy Now
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      Optimat®
      Honeycomb antifatigue drainage grease resistant restaurant kitchen mat
      Starting at: $102.00

      SKU: T15 Buy Now
  • In The Kitchen

    Grease resistance, drainage, slip resistant, and comfort. The best mats for your kitchen staff.


  • Food Prep/Dishwash

    Prep areas require workers to stand for long periods. Anti-fatigue mats with good drainage and grease resistance are a good idea for part of the restaurant. Mats designed for prep areas typically feature large drainage holes and an anti-fatigue construction that will support prep-area workers.

    The primary concern in a dishwashing area is moisture. Excess water presents a potential slipping hazard for employees in this area, so it is a good idea to look for a mat with good anti-slip qualities. Mats intended for use in the dishwashing area provide anti-fatigue support for workers and reliable traction that will help to reduce slips and falls.

     
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      Challenger™
      Value Line lightweight natural rubber kitchen drainage antifatigue mat
      Starting at: $81.00

      SKU: T25 Buy Now
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      Drain Lite™
      Economical everyday lightweight restaurant floor mat
      Starting at: $147.00

      SKU: 619 Buy Now
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      Superflow™ Black
      Lightweight reversible restaurant kitchen floor mat
      Starting at: $42.00

      SKU: T18 Buy Now
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      Competitor™
      Everyday lightweight restaurant floor mat
      Starting at: $38.00

      SKU: T30 Buy Now
  • Plating the Food

    The best mats for standing in place for long periods, washing and prepping.


  • Food Storage/Walk-in Freezer

    Mats intended for use in deep freezers can withstand extremely low temperatures. Mats designed for walk-in freezers are not only made to withstand the cold but also to provide traction using specially designed patterns on the surface of the mat.

     
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      Niru® Knob-Top Runner™
      Nitrile rubber runner with a knob-top design
      Starting at: $74.00

      SKU: 758 Buy Now
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      Niru® Versa Runner™
      Nitrile rubber runner with a slotted knob-top design
      Starting at: $87.00

      SKU: 755 Buy Now
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      Deep Freeze Mat™
      Rubber mat designed to withstand deep-freeze environments
      Starting at: $143.00

      SKU: 765 Buy Now
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      Multi-Mat™ II Black
      Reversible drainage rubber mat that offers anti-slip
      Starting at: $44.00

      SKU: T23 Buy Now
  • Cold Environments

    Find the perfect mat for food storage spaces like refrigerators and walk-in freezers.


  • Receiving

    Backdoor areas are, generally, where shipments are received and processed. An all-purpose mat that provides traction and support for employees is ideal for this areaMats intended for use in backdoor areas often feature an anti-slip, low-profile construction that allows carts to move on and off easily.

     
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      Wayfarer®
      Outdoor spaghetti looped entrance mat with backing
      Starting at: $39.00

      SKU: 265 Buy Now
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      Drain Lite™
      Economical everyday lightweight restaurant floor mat
      Starting at: $147.00

      SKU: 619 Buy Now
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      Ultramat®
      Everday interlocking drainage anti-fatigue restaurant kitchen mat
      Starting at: $23.00

      SKU: T32 Buy Now
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      Competitor™
      Everyday lightweight restaurant floor mat
      Starting at: $38.00

      SKU: T30 Buy Now
  • Food Coming In

    The top mats for in the back, where the food shipment is received.


  • Everyday Mats

    Need good all-around, general-purpose matting for the restaurant? These mats fit the need of the everyday mat for any restaurant needing a great mat without needing a top-of-the-line solution.

     
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      Challenger™
      Value Line lightweight natural rubber kitchen drainage antifatigue mat
      Starting at: $81.00

      SKU: T25 Buy Now
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      Drain Lite™
      Economical everyday lightweight restaurant floor mat
      Starting at: $147.00

      SKU: 619 Buy Now
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      Competitor™
      Everyday lightweight restaurant floor mat
      Starting at: $38.00

      SKU: T30 Buy Now
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      Hercules™ Black
      Value Line lightweight natural rubber kitchen drainage antifatigue mat
      Starting at: $32.00

      SKU: T26 Buy Now
  • All-Purpose Mats

    Find the perfect all purpose mat for multiple uses in the restaurant.


  • Office Space

     
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      Superfoam™
      Extremely lightweight PVC/Nitrile foam blend anti-fatigue mat
      Starting at: $80.00

      SKU: T17 Buy Now
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      Comfort Rest Pebble
      Foam anti-fatigue pebble-texture surface
      Starting at: $19.00

      SKU: T41 Buy Now
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      Comfort Rest Ribbed
      Foam anti-fatigue ribbed surface
      Starting at: $19.00

      SKU: T42 Buy Now
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      Superfoam™ Plus
      Best soft gel foam anti-fatigue mat for extreme comfort
      Starting at: $33.00

      SKU: T57 Buy Now
  • At the Desk

    The ideal mats for the office space in a restaurant.


  • Custom Sizes and Modular Mats

    NoTrax offers a wide range of mats designed for every area of your restaurant. Mats are available in standard sizes, and many mats feature custom sizing options as well. For unique spaces, modular options that can be fitted to any layout are available. Contact a NoTrax product specialist today and find the mats that are perfect for your restaurant.