Requirements for workplace mats range from dry office surroundings to heavy industrial environments. It’s important to have the right mat in the right place. Depending on the material a mat is made from, various qualities such as durability, chemical resistance, temperature resistance, resistance to bacteria and fireproofing can be achieved. Mats made of natural rubber (NR) are hard-wearing but soft, flexible and springy with good ergonomics and comfort. They are moisture resistant, but are best in dry environments unaffected by chemicals.
Nitrile rubber (NBR) or synthetic rubber (SBR) mats are best of all in heavy industrial environments. In general, these mats can withstand high stress; they are resistant to oils, grease and can handle most chemicals. They are temperature resistant and some can handle welding sparks. In general, nitrile rubber has the same ergonomic characteristics as natural rubber. Some mats consist of more than one sort of rubber, either as a rubber compound throughout the mat or in two layers. There are also mats that are specially designed for offices and in public spaces, in these cases with stylish textile surfaces that allow the mats to easily blend in in offices, receptions and at checkout counters. Why not find out more about rubber and the various materials/compounds available on Wikipedia.
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