Home chefs have used throw rugs and mats for centuries to ease some of the discomfort caused by standing. A mat helps to provide some shock absorption and reduce the pressure on all of the joints from the waist down. It is also a useful form of traction in a room where spills are common and people do not always pay attention to where they are stepping. The problem is that these type of rugs and mats are not always secure and can stain easily. Today there are better options than a basic, decorative area rug.
Anti-fatigue mats have gained a lot of attention because of how beneficial they are to people that spend a lot of time on their feet. At first glance, a dark brown standing mat will seem very similar to any other kitchen mat. The differences are much more noticeable after a few hours of use.
- The specially designed mat will absorb more impact and reduce pressure more effectively than a rug.
- The beveled edges of the mats and the smooth surface prevent tripping.
- The surface material is skid-free to prevent slipping even if liquid spills on the mat.
- Anti-fatigue mats have a rubber backing to help keep the mat in one place even as people step on and off repeatedly.
- Spills are easy to clean and the mats are antimicrobial, so the kitchen remains free from bacteria and mold.
- The mats are durable enough to withstand the constant traffic of commercial kitchens and they include a lifetime guarantee.
The mats come in many colors and sizes to make it easy to match with any decor and fit comfortably into nearly any space. Consumers worried about VOCs should know that these mats are made from eco-friendly materials that do not cause the off-gassing and unpleasant odors common with many types of carpeting. Most users will instantly notice less pain in their hips, knees and ankles. Some people even report less neck and shoulder pain because the mats help to improve the posture by relieving lower body discomfort. The rugs can be used in any room of the home as well as in commercial buildings and garages.