They say you get what you pay for, and when it comes to absorbent mats, they’re right! In an uncertain economy, most people are looking for ways to cut costs. However, selecting an absorbent mat strictly on a low price does not necessarily translate into savings. The lower initial investment will likely lead to higher back-end expenses. The smarter choice is to opt for quality. It will save you time, effort, and money. Here are five ways you can save on your absorbent mat purchases.
1. Quality and Durability
Some mats claim to have the best absorbency on the market, but they fall apart when you’re walking on them, or when they’re saturated. Others are tough and stand up to traffic, but don’t absorb anything. PIG Mat is the best-selling absorbent mat in the world because it is perfectly tuned to provide the best combination of high absorbency and outstanding durability.
Why is this important to you? Because strong, durable PIG Mats last longer, so you use fewer mats and spend less time replacing them. PIG Mat is the only mat made of eight discrete layers. The layers are thermally bonded together to make the strongest mat you can buy. It also handles workplace foot and cart traffic without ripping, tearing or fraying.
2. Retention Is As Important As Absorbency
All those layers would be irrelevant if they weren’t made from top-grade materials. Each PIG Mat has a fine-fiber microstructure for better wicking and retention throughout the mat. This highly absorbent construction holds onto the liquids it absorbs. After all, what’s the point of absorbing all of those liquids if they’re just going to leak back out again — especially when you’re trying to pick up the used mat and dispose of it? PIG Mats offer the best retention on the market.
3. When Grime Doesn’t Show, the Mat Doesn’t Have to Go
Some customers toss their lesser-quality absorbents before they are used to full capacity because the mat looks dirty. However, just because it’s grimy doesn’t mean it has met maximum absorbency. The dark gray PIG Mat hides grime for a cleaner appearance. So mats can stay on the job longer, minimizing waste and saving you money.
Our Hamo Universal Mat is the ultimate in hiding grime. Spills and leaks disappear in the Hamo pattern, becoming nearly invisible.
4. Only Use What You Need
PIG Mat pads and rolls come in various sizes with easy-tear perforations, so you use only what you need. When you use less, you save money. They also come in various weights, so if you don’t need a heavyweight mat, save money and opt for a lightweight mat. It helps to know the application of our mats:
- Lightweight: Light-duty tasks, small drips and spills or frequent change-outs
- Mediumweight: Everyday tasks, light foot traffic, daily leaks and spills or longer time between change-outs
- Heavyweight: Cart traffic, large volume leaks or cleaning up big spills
There are three major classifications of mats: Universal, Oil Only, and HazMat.
- PIG Universal Mat is best for everyday applications, and will absorb “COWS”: Coolants, Oil, Water, and Solvents.
- PIG Oil-Only Mats are made of hydrophobic polypropylene that prevents the absorption of water. These hydrophobic mats (meaning “scared of water”) are often used for oil/fuel spills on water; the mat won’t sink because it won’t absorb the water.
- PIG HazMat Pads or Rolls are the choice to absorb chemicals like acids or bases or unknown liquid spills. We also have products that not only absorb chemical spills, but also neutralize them.
Read more about New Pig’s Absorbent color-coding system.
5. Safety First: Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
Here are a few sobering statistics: Slips, trips and falls cause over 221,000 lost-work-time injuries per year, according to the Bureau of Labor. A Liberty Mutual study found that in the U.S., slip-and-fall incidents annually account for about 65% of lost workdays. According to the National Safety Council, employee slip-and-fall injuries cost industry about $70 billion annually with an average cost-per-injury exceeding $12,000.
That’s a whole lot of time and money slipping away.
Environmental conditions that contribute to slip, trip and fall injuries can often be eliminated and effective Floor Safety Plans are a proven way to reduce slip-and-fall incidents.
PIG Mat’s eight-layer design combines absorbency and strength to reduce slip, trip and fall hazards and keep your workspace clean and safe. To help avoid trips, abrasion-resistant PIG Mat will not rip, tear or fray when used on the floor. In fact, a lot of savvy plant managers have made using PIG Mat an important part of their Floor Safety Plans. Reducing slip, trip and fall incidents will save your company money by reducing workers’ compensation costs and keeping workers healthy and on the job.
Choosing a high-quality absorbent mat designed specifically to meet your needs is the quality solution that provides value.
What other ways have PIG Mat saved you or your company money? Let us know in the comment section below!