Difference Between Quality and Cheap Floor Mats

  • July 14, 2020
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Floor mats are one of those things that you should never risk buying cheap. They work hard keeping your floors clean, up decrease slip and fall accidents, and protect your floors.

With how much you get out of your floor mats, it makes sense to invest a little extra if you want to get the results that you desire. 

Quality vs. Cheap Floor Mats: The Difference

If you’re looking for commercial floor mats for your business, cheaper is hardly ever the way to go. It may save you a few bucks now, but poorer quality floor mats may lead you to some serious costs later. We’ve listed down the things that separate good quality floor mats from their cheap counterparts.


One of the biggest differences between cheap and quality floor mats is their longevity. Depending on usage, maintenance, and, of course, quality, commercial floor mats last between 1 and 3 years. You do not want to be on the lower end of that equation, especially if you are buying your floor mats and not renting. What you want are floor mats that will last, and cheap floor mats cannot bring you that.

Quality floor mats are made with better, more enduring quality materials so they are less likely to thin, curl, or fade within the first year of constant use.


Floor mats can only look as good as the quality of the materials that they are made of. Low-quality, cheaper floor mats have a distinctly unappealing appearance about them: they have thinner, rougher edges and the fibers of scraper mats, for instance, are also softer and flimsy-looking. The colors of these floor mats do not appear as bold and as robust as high-quality mats and they are also more prone to discoloration.

This is an especially important factor for floor mats that also function for display purposes, like entrance mats and logo mats. Would you really risk skimping on something that showcases your logo or welcomes your clients into your business space? That does not exactly make for a good first impression.


This is the part where it gets critical. With poor-quality materials, and lower standards on manufacturing, cheaper floor mats tend to have less traction than their more expensive counterparts. This is dangerous.

With poorer traction and an already less-than-stellar capacity for wear and tear, cheaper floor mats are likely to become slippery with minimal foot traffic. This raises the risk of slip and fall accidents – and claims from these accidents don’t come cheap. It will never be worth saving a couple of pennies over.


Cheaper floor mats are no match against the functionality of better-quality ones. In the case of scraper mats for example, cheaper floor mats will not as effectively brush off tracked in dirt and soil under shoes because their supposedly abrasive surface is made out of softer, cheaper material. This means that more dirt gets tracked onto your floors, requiring you more hours and effort in cleaning. This problem with poor functionality gets magnified for industry-specific or specialized floor mats, for instance anti-fatigue mats.

Anti-fatigue mats are highly specialized. Constructed with material that forces micro-movements in the feet promotes better circulation and weight distribution. They are designed to reduce muscle and bone strain in the lower limbs. This is especially useful for people who have to work on their feet for long periods of time. Lower quality floor mats, can’t provide the same benefits for your workers.

Treat Your Floors Better with NorthStar Mat Service

Only good quality floor mats can give you the floor care that you are looking for. Call NorthStar Mat today at 1(800) 994-9797 for NFSI-certified, durable, reliable, and -high-quality floor mats that will suit your needs.