Wellness Anti-Fatigue Mat

A comfortable anti-fatigue mat for shop or home use with a 7-year warranty.

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Wellness Anti-Fatigue Mat



Working on a hard floor, particularly concrete, for long periods of time, can put a real strain on your whole body – feet, legs, knees, back. It can be especially aggravating if you have health issues like arthritis, foot problems like bunions or plantar fasciitis (jogger's heel), a herniated disk, or have had hip or knee replacements. Wearing work boots or other foot ware specifically designed for use on hard surfaces can sometimes help. But, if you like to wear lighter shoes or sneakers in the shop, as I do, then you might want to consider using floor mats. Over the years I've tried several different types of mats, with varying degrees of satisfaction. I've found that standard carpeted floor mats wear out much too quickly, and really don't provide much in the way of cushioning. A lot of the thinner rubber mats – the type with a pattern of holes across the surface, and some interlocking mats – are durable, but not very resilient. Recently I tried an anti-fatigue mat from WellnessMats.

The model I tried is called the 'Granite' (#32WMRG), and come in two sizes, 2' by 3', which I have, and 2' by 6'. The mat is available in three colours: copper, emerald (light green), and steel (charcoal). And no, they aren't made of 'granite', but of a  proprietary synthetic resin called Advanced Polyurethane Technology (APT). According to WellnessMats this material is exceptionally durable (the mats come with a 7 year warranty), resistant to everything but a rocket propelled grenade, super resilient, and won't ever curl or delaminate - plus a range of other features. You can read more about APT here. 

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Beveled edges prevent tripping

The Granite mat is 3/4" thick, with a 20-degree beveled edge that prevents tripping when you're walking across the floor and onto the mat. The surface is firm, but not hard, and definitely 'cushiony'. I spend quite a bit of time at the workbench, and quickly noticed a different in foot (and back) comfort.

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Smooth back, yet doesn't slip around on the floor

The back of the mat is quite smooth, yet it doesn't slip around on the floor - whether on concrete or tile.

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Super comfy to stand on

I made the mistake of putting the mat in the kitchen for a couple of days to see what it would be like standing on with socks or bare feet. My wife threatened not to give it back. Fortunately she ordered her own mat for the kitchen. 

The surface of the mat picks up quite a bit of dust in the shop, which doesn't really bother me. I simply vacuum the mat at the end of the day when I do my shop cleanup. In the kitchen we've found that the mat is reasonably easy to clean with a soapy cloth. We haven't dropped much of anything on it, except dishwater, cooking oil, and the occasional food crumbs. All clean up easily. My wife found that you get a much 'cushier' feeling if you stand shoeless on the mat.

In the shop, I noticed that if you leave something heavy on the mat any depressions levels out fairly quickly. I find the 2' by 3' size ideal for use in the shop, as I tend to stand roughly in the same spot while working at the bench. $130 might seem like a lot to spend on something you just stand on, but considering that I expect to get at least 6 or 7 years of use, $20 a year doesn't seem extravagant to pay for a more comfortable time spent at the workbench. After using this mat for the better part of a month in the shop, I can highly recommend it to anyone who finds it stressful standing on a hard wood or concrete floor. 

KEY FEATURES:

  • 3/4" thick
  • Made from advanced polyurethane technology (APT)
  • Puncture, tear, & heat resistant
  • Stain & dirt resistant
  • Flame resistant up to 400°F
  • UV stable
  • Edges will never curl
  • Easy to clean
  • No-trip 20-degree bevel edge
  • PVC free
  • Anti-microbial
  • 100% recyclable
  • 7-year warranty
COMPANY:WellnessMats
MODEL:32WMRG
PRICE:$129.95 US
MADE IN:USA
SOURCE:WellnessMats online
June 2014

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