Anti-Fatigue FAQ

How much do SmartCells anti-fatigue mats cost?

Depending on the application, the pricing for SmartCells anti-fatigues mats start at under $30, and come with an 8-year warranty, presenting the best value in the marketplace. Quantity discounts are available.
Custom Anti-fatigue Flooring is quoted per installation.

How are SmartCells anti-fatigue mats cleaned?

  1. General Guidelines: Sweep, damp mop, vacuum, etc., just like any floor.  Clean up any spills right away. Fruit juice, vinegar, alcoholic drinks or other similar drinks/foods may discolor some non-black colors of mats if they are allowed to sit on the mat surface. Use a light cleaning dilution of Simple Green or comparable cleaner if necessary.  Envirox H2Orange2Concentrate 117 is an acceptable degreaser and sanitizer.
  2. For “disinfectant cleaning” use an appropriate dilution of TASKI NDC, a concentrated pH neutral detergent/disinfectant cleaner or OXIVER to provide provide one-step, no-rinse cleaning. These cleaners are EPA registered hospital grade disinfectants that provide protection against bacteria/virus/fungus/mildew. It is also okay to use a dilute bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite) solution or an alcohol-based solution. Autoclaving is also okay, provided it is limited to 1 hour or less and no more than 250 degrees F.  An autoclavable formulation is available.
  3. The SmartCells® material is non-porous and is incapable of absorbing liquid, unlike typical foam or sponge based products that are made of cellular structures (like miniature bubbles) that contain many more times the structural surface area for contamination than SmartCells®, especially once they rupture (which is a certainty) or if the coating or cover is ruptured or torn.

Can the bottom of the SmartCells anti-fatigue Mat be Sealed?

The idea of a sealed bottom has been discussed and tried in many industrial marketplaces, and while it holds some logic on paper, the real world application is not practical and for some mats not possible. Here is what we have found: First, it adds significantly to the price. Second, if the membrane appropriate for sealing is breached, (even by a single pin hole) the ability to then disinfect the bottom surface is almost entirely restricted, since it has been sealed off.

Can SmartCells anti-fatigue Mats Sections Be Glued Together?

Yes.  Mat sections can be glued to adjacent mat sections to create a monolithic structure, however, caution must be given to the weight of the resulting multi-section mat because it can be challenging to move.

How is SmartCells® Flooring cleaned?

Standard SmartCells® Flooring solutions are cleaned in the same way as SmartCells® Matting.  However if the solution incorporates a finished floor surface on top of the SmartCells cushion; such as sheet vinyl or carpet tiles, the cleaning guidelines for these surface finishes should be followed according to the manufacturer’s instructions while following typical precautions for a more ‘compliant’ surface.  When the SATECH, Poly Coating product option is used, cleaning guidelines are provided.

How slippery are SmartCells® anti-fatigue mats in the presence of liquid?

SmartCells® has an elevated coefficient of friction. Friction test results can be supplied, upon request.  SmartCells® anti-fatigue mats, runners and flooring are available with optional additional anti – slip surface treatments, as well.

How do SmartCells® anti-fatigue compare with other anti-fatigue mats?

SmartCells® are generationally different than other matting.

  • Made of unique rubber structure, not foam or gel
  • Becomes softer as compressed, not harder like foam / sponge
  • Will not bottom out like foam
  • Highly responsive, like miniature springs that return energy, and provide the perfect balance of stability and instability
  • Also available as flooring
  • 8 year warranty

Are there any chemicals that should not be used on SmartCells® anti-fatigue mats?

DO NOT USE Quaternary ammonium compounds.

Do SmartCells® anti-fatigue mats contain latex?

NO. SmartCells® is made from synthetic rubber not natural rubber.
Latex is technically a generic term meaning milky liquid. It can apply to the natural rubber tree sap from which is coagulated an isoprene polymer commonly referred to as natural rubber. It can also apply to the pre-coagulant phase of synthetic polymer rubber. Since the polymerization occurs in an aqueous phase the milky liquid that occurs prior to coagulation of the polymer is called latex.
The term latex is most generally used to refer specifically to natural rubber.
However, the type I allergy that can occur with skin contact with a latex product always refers to natural rubber latex. The allergic reaction is a response to proteins that occur in natural rubber latex. They simply do not exist in synthetic rubber latex.

Do SmartCells® anti-fatigue mats have an odor?

New rubber has a slight odor that usually dissipates within a few days or weeks. If there is circulating air it is usually unnoticeable. The odor can be blocked if a covering or coating is placed on the mat. Alternatively, good air circulation works well to dissipate the new rubber smell.

Do SmartCells® anti-fatigue mats come in different colors?

Yes.  Standard colors include black, grey and light brown, but are available in a variety of additional colors, surface treatments and patterns.

How is SmartCells® anti-fatigue flooring applied?

SmartCells anti-fatigue flooring consists of 36×36” tiles.  The tiles are cut to fit the area and then edge glued to provide a monolithic surface that looks like a regular floor surface.  Edging/Ramping is added where needed.
Detailed installation instructions available by request.

How are SmartCells® anti-fatigue mats affected by rolling loads?

The force required to roll objects on SmartCells® is dependent on the size of the wheels and the weight of the object.
According to research conducted (in a health care environment) by Frasier Health Authority, BC, Canada, in February, 2009:
“The maximum acceptable limit for pushing equipment as determined using the Snook tables was 24 kg for initial forces and 15 kg for sustained forces. All forces measured to push the Arjo Sara Lift, Arjo Tempo lift and the wheelchair over both surfaces fell within ergonomics guidelines and is considered a low risk of injury (Snook, 1991).
Pushing the equipment on the responsive flooring required a higher push force than pushing on the regular flooring in all conditions with all equipment. However, the responsive flooring push forces still fall within ergonomics guidelines and would be considered an acceptable implementation by the Workplace Health Ergonomics team.”