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Do you have a question about whether or not WaterHog mats work? If so, you’re in the right place. In this blog post, we’ll look at how effective these mats are and what makes them such a popular choice for homeowners, businesses, and organizations. By the end of this post, you’ll have a good understanding of the benefits that WaterHog mats provide and why they are world famous for stopping dirt and moisture at your entrance.

What is a WaterHog Mat?

The WaterHog mat became America’s favorite mat as soon as The Andersen Company (Now M+A Matting) introduced it commercially back in 1986. What makes it so popular is the unique signature bi-level surface. The signature bi-level surface features stain-resistant fabric molded to durable solid rubber backing with raised nubs that create recessed channels, and a water dam border around the edges.

WaterHog Classic and WaterHog Fashion Borders Images.
WaterHog Classic Border on the left and WaterHog Fashion Border on the right.

YES, They really work!

WaterHog mats really work, the Eco-Friendly – PET stain-resistant fabric molded to the solid bi-level rubber nubs effectively scrape dirt and wipe moisture from shoes. The dirt and water fall below in the channels keeping it below foot traffic. The Water Dam (Rubber border or Fashion fabric border) stops the water from escaping on to your floors. The dams are so effective the mats can hold up to 1.5 gallons of water per square yard. Since the WaterHog mat traps the muck in the channels below the foot traffic we think it’s the most effective mat to stop dirt and moisture from tracking in your home or facility.

WaterHog Construction View.
Cut away view to show the WaterHog Bi-level construction.

Can I use WaterHog mats outside?

Yes, WaterHog Mats can be used outside, but all but the WaterHog™ Drainable Border Outdoor Mats must be in a cover area away from direct rain and snow. Remember the mats are design to hold water so if place in direct rain they will become a puddle very quickly! The WaterHog™ Drainable Border Outdoor Mats are designed without the water dam around the edges so it allows the water to drain off the edges. For this same reason you would not want to use the Drainable in doors.

WaterHog  Drainable Corner.
Look close you see there is no raised border, allows water to drain.

Eco-Friendly materials make it a better mat!

Most of the WaterHog styles are made with Eco-Friendly – PET fabric, it’s an eco-friendly polyester made from recycled plastic drink bottles. The fabric on both WaterHog and WaterHog Eco products are made with a PET that features 100% post-consumer recycled material. The eco-friendly PET fabric dissipates moisture quickly for extremely fast drying time. The WaterHog Diamondcord Mat and WaterHog Masterpiece Select Mat are the only two that use a solution-dyed polypropylene fabric which is also resistant to staining, dries quickly, and it also will not fade or rot.

All the WaterHog styles (except for the WaterHog Plus mats) are molded with SBR rubber backing contains 20% post-consumer recycled rubber from car tires. They are molded to make a solid rubber backing, not compress like the cheaper mats that compress old regrind rubber or poured like cheaper vinyl mats. The SBR rubber will not break down or curl up on the edges causing trip hazards. You have two choices for the back surface finish, either cleated backing for use on carpet or smooth backing for use on hard surfaces, like tile. The WaterHog Plus mats are molded with Nitrile rubber 90-mil thick making them commercially launderable. This 90-mil also makes them heavier, to help keep in place for areas with extremely heavy winds.

You can see the solid rubber backing options.

Which WaterHog mats is best for me?

Ok if we agree that WaterHog mats are the best mats, you might ask, but which WaterHog is the best? They all do a fantastic job, so it comes down to your needs.

WaterHog Drainable
WaterHog Silver image
  • Are you going to have heavy foot traffic? If so, we recommend the WaterHog Eco mats because of the heavier PET surface material: Pick the Style you like best all will hold up to heavy traffic.

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Can I get my company logo or message on a WaterHog mat?

Yes, you can there are two options for you to choose from. The WaterHog Impressions HD or the WaterHog Inlay. The WaterHog Impressions HD is a digitally printed Logo mat. So, you can get detail and 56 standard color options to replicate your Logo in full detail. The second option is the WaterHog Inlay. The WaterHog Inlay as the name applies is an inlay product. WaterHog Inlay mats feature your logo inlaid with razor-sharp precision in a WaterHog mat.  During the precise inlay process, the area that will display your logo is cut from the mat and appropriate colors are inlaid in the cut-out, much like a jigsaw puzzle. Both logos mat options live up to the WaterHog performance standards.

WaterHog Inlay - in place - Towne Fitness -

WaterHog mats do really stop dirt and moisture from entering your building!

In summary Waterhog mats do a great job stopping dirt and moisture from entering your building. They are made in the USA with high quality materials built to last for years. With over 18 different styles of WaterHog mats you are sure to find the perfect mat for your entryway.

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