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Yes, WaterHog mats can be used outdoors and indoors. However, when used outside, is best to placed in a covered area away direct weather. The reason is that all but the WaterHog™ Drainable Border Outdoor Mats are design to hold water. Using two WaterHog mats congruently means you needn’t worry about excess moisture, dirt, grime, and other debris infiltrating your shop floor.  Your floors and your customers are protected by the absorbent, and wipe-and-scraper action of the WaterHog mats.

Here are three reasons to use a WaterHog mat outside your building or store front. 

  1. Clean and dry- Bi-level surface effectively scrapes dirt and moisture from shoes, trapping it beneath shoe level to prevent tracking; water dam border holds moisture keeping it off your floors (WaterHog mats can hold up to 1.5 gallons of water per square yard)
  2. Eco-Friendly – SBR rubber backing contains 20% post-consumer recycled rubber from car tires; PET surface is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles
  3. Durability- Reinforced rubber nubs prevent pile from crushing and extend the performance life of the mat.  Absolutely nothing compares to a WaterHog for durability.  WaterHog mats are made from a proprietary blend of polypropylene fiber.  This blend is essentially a type of plastic, therefore the construction of a WaterHog doormat defers greatly from that of a traditional mat, which is typically made from nylon carpet fiber.  Unlike nylon carpet fiber, polypropylene surface is mildew resistant.  This means your mat never looks worn or like it needs a good vacuuming.  Your mat looks like the day you purchased it for years to come.

The heavy-duty rubber backing of a WaterHog mat is also made to be tough in high traffic areas.  Non-logo WaterHog mat backings are made of SBR rubber backing contains 20% post-consumer recycled rubber from car tires and WaterHog HD comes with 100% nitrile rubber. Both are available in a cleated, textured back made to grip high pile flooring such as carpet, and a smooth backing to grip smooth flooring like floor tile and/or hardwood.  The rubber is high quality, so you’ll never have to worry about it cracking or flaking under extreme temperatures if placed outdoors.

  1. Style.  At Ultimate Mats, we know you want a mat that performs but also looks great and leaves your patrons with a great first impression of your business.  A WaterHog mat can deliver both style and performance for both indoor and outdoor use.  WaterHog mats are customizable and can be printed with your company logo mat or brand name, which creates instant brand visibility and provides an inviting welcome to your guests.  
  2. Performance.  Ultimately, no matter what kind of outdoor floor mat you choose, it simply has to perform.  You are choosing an outdoor floor mat to help reduce the amount of dirt, debris, and standing water entering your store from foot traffic.  If your mat isn’t adequately handling the amount of foot traffic, or simply is not effective in removing dirt, debris, and moisture, then the mat is purely cosmetic and of no real value.  

WaterHog mats were created first and foremost to perform.  When used outdoors, the WaterHog mat scraping action-and-wipe technology allows this mat to remove more dirt and debris from foot traffic than any other mat of its type.  Considered an aggressive mat, the WaterHog Diamondcord mat is one of the industry’s finest outdoor mats.  This mat is made with a rigid diamond-cut pattern of polypropylene fiber that has a beautiful corduroy-style look.  The pattern features WaterHog’s proprietary scrape-and-wipe technology that effectively scrapes and wipes dirt and debris from the shoes of your foot traffic as your patrons simply walk over the mat; in other words, a patron needn’t manually wipe or scrape their shoes on the mat before entering your establishment, the mat scrapes and wipes their shoes for them as they walk over the surface design of the mat.  

This ability to wick away moisture and debris is what makes this mat, and all WaterHog mats, so popular in the industry.  While all WaterHog mats are designed for indoor or outdoor use, we at Ultimate Mats always recommend purchasing your most aggressive floor mat for use outdoors.  

We’d also be remiss if we didn’t mention the WaterHog’s unique ability to trap and store moisture (up to 1.5 gallons per square yard) without leaking onto the surrounding floor or ground area.  The WaterHog’s unique water-dam prevents water spilling from the mat onto surrounding areas so you never have to worry about the area around your mat becoming compromised because of moisture.  

WaterHog mats are great for use both indoors and outdoors.  They feature industry-leading durability and eye-catching style that you will not find in other outdoor floor mats.  No other floor mat can out-perform the WaterHog when it comes to the ability it has to scrape and wipe away dirt, debris, and moisture from your foot traffic.  Ultimate Mats has one of the largest selections of WaterHog mats available and is ready to help you find the perfect mat for your outdoor needs.  

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