At UK Mats, a number of our clients up and down the country are schools. And these customers often ask us whether it’s worth investing in branded school mats, or whether they should stick with regular plain matting.
What is a branded school mat?
Essentially, a branded school mat is a standard entrance floor mat bearing your school’s logo, brand design or other graphics.
These mats can be loose-lay rubber-backed floor mats, and they have excellent anti-slip properties while also being very durable and hardwearing. Alternatively, they can be fitted mats made from coir or other materials and printed or branded with your school’s own logo, in the institution’s own colours.
However, we should point out that in the case of coir matting, the range of printable colours can be rather more limited. So you‘d need to opt for the closest available match – and, these days, thanks to modern technology, that match can be very close indeed.
Although we call them branded or logo school mats, in fact, this kind of matting doesn’t have to feature your particular logo. Instead, you could just include a short message of a few words written in your school’s colours. Or, as another idea, you could simply have some patterns or other graphics complementing your school’s branding or décor
What are the benefits of school logo mats?
There are a number of reasons why it’s always worth investing in mats branded with your school’s logo if your budget allows it. Here are some of the main ones:
#1 They help forge a school-wide identity
A school is a unique community. And everyone who’s part of it – pupils, staff and regular visitors – like to feel involved and that they belong. Branded school floor coverings have a role to play in terms of helping create a sense of identity, and serve as a constant reminder of the communal nature of the place.
#2 Mats give a good first impression to visitors
When someone steps across your threshold for the first time, they’ll probably do so with no preconceptions about your school or what it’s like. Smart logo mats contribute to that all-important initial impression as someone walks in, talks in the surroundings and adjusts to being in a new environment.
#3 Branded floor mats help to make your school memorable
Smart school mats stick in the mind. They create part of the impression anyone will have of your place, and the memories they’ll take away with them. Sometimes this can be very subtle, as part of an overall impression.
#4 Logo mats lend a prestigious look to your site
Crisply printed, clean entrance mats certainly give the overall aesthetics of your school a boost. They can add colour if your floors and walls are in neutral shades, giving the sense that you take pride in the appearance of the place, and even help it seem make less institutional.
#5 They are a great way to welcome pupils and visitors
Schools can be busy places, but it’s important to make everyone who visits you feel welcome, whatever the reason they’re there. Mats can play an important role in this by reinforcing the name of the school – you could also have the word Welcome printed on entrance mats in your reception area.
#6 Printed mats can be used for wayfinding purposes
You may not have thought of floor mats as a tool for finding your way around – and indeed that’s not their primary purpose. But schools can be large, sometimes confusing places, and you can add some directions to mats, or use them to announce, say, Hall, to reassure people they’re in the right place, especially when pupils are new.
#7 They’re a great way to show off your school crest or emblem
You may be proud of your school logo but have limited opportunities to show it off. That can feel slightly frustrating if you’ve put a lot of effort into its design. With branded school matting, you have a great chance to display your crest or emblem, printed sharply and in the right colours.
#8 Floor mats create a good look for prospective students
If a prospective pupil is touring your school, it can feel daunting, especially if they’re making the move from a much smaller place such as primary school. But branded mats, by helping to confirm the identity of the place, create a feeling of excitement so that a new student begins actively to look forward to their first day.
#9 They serve a practical purpose
Mats trap dirt and moisture so that it isn’t trailed all over your school floors. This makes the place look better, ultimately helps you save money on cleaning bills and prevents trip-and-slip accidents. We also supply floor coverings for school gyms, pools, kitchens and the like, where health and safety is clearly more of a consideration.
Make us your first port of call for school logo mats
At UK Mats, we manufacture, supply and fit school logo mats across the country for many different venues, including secondary, primary, state and independent institutions. And we know how important they are in somewhere like a school, where there tends to be heavy foot traffic.
You can order our standard rubber-backed mats complete with your school logo online. What’s more, the ordering process is quick and straightforward. Alternatively, if you’re interested in our branded, fitted coir mats, simply fill out the relevant form and we’ll provide you with an individual quote for your school.
Additionally, at UK Mats, we operate a rental service for school mats, which allows you to eventually purchase your floor coverings outright. It also incorporates a regular cleaning service, meaning your mats are refreshed at the intervals you decide (you’ll probably want mats cleaned more frequently in term time, for example). We’ll take used mats away for cleaning at our on-site laundry, and supply clean replacements so your floor coverings always look smart and fresh and perform at their best.
Talk to us about mats for your school today.