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3 tips on how to maintain disinfection mats

Ontsmettingsmat tuinbouwA disinfection mat is a preventive hygiene solution for locations in which there is a movement of people and traffic in the horticultural industry. It helps prevent the introduction of micro-organisms and the consequences of such invasions. However, installing the mats alone will not suffice; they have to be well maintained for optimal performance, which is why we provide three tips on how to preserve your disinfection mats below. 

Cleaning the disinfection mat

Good results in terms of hygiene require that your disinfection mats are cleaned on a regular basis. A clean disinfection mat optimises the contact that is made between the sole of the shoe/boot and the fluid disinfectant, which is not the case when the mat is dirty. Take a leaf that has fallen on the mat, for example: if you stand on it, that part of the sole will not be disinfected. Moreover, the disinfectant breaks down when it exposed to organic material.

So how should you keep your mat clean? First of all, make sure that your shoes are as clean as possible before stepping on the mat. In some cases, a brush can be required to clean the shoes first. In addition, the disinfection mat has to be cleaned on a regular basis. How often this is done very much depends on the extent to which it contaminates. We recommend cleaning your mats at least once a week, and even more frequently if required. The mat can be rinsed with water and subsequently treated with a squeegee

Ideally, you will have a mat that is filled automatically. In that case, allow the pump to circulate clean water through the mat once a week for approximately 30 minutes (first remove the hose from the container containing Menno Florades). After approximately 10 minutes, use a squeegee to remove the dirt from the mat. 

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Top up in time

Besides washing the disinfection mat, it also has to be topped up with disinfectant on a regular basis. This can be done manually or with the aid of an automatic top-up system (dosing pump or Venturi pump). One of the disinfectants commonly used in horticulture is Menno Florades. This disinfectant is recognised as a crop protection agent for all types of plant pathogens. It is harmless for other materials with which it comes into contact. You can use pH indicator paper to ascertain the pH level of the agent or to see whether the solution is still active (pH<4.5). This should be done regularly, and at least once every two days for mats that are used intensively. 

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Reduce wear and tear

You obviously want your disinfection mats to perform optimally for as long as possible. If used correctly and maintained regularly, your mat can be used for years. However, mats that are used in locations of intense internal transport suffer significantly more, which is why you should avoid steering and breaking actions on them. You can do so by placing them in locations in which they are driven over in a straight line. This reduces wear and tear, and therefore their lifespan. Also check your disinfection mats for wear and tear every month. Did you know that a dry mat wears much faster than a wet one?   

Jan-Willem
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