An antifatigue mat is an elevated surface that acts as a shock absorber for the feet to reduce fatigue, muscle strain, and general body tension when standing up for a long time. It is a rectangular mat less than an inch thick that can be made of rubber, vinyl sponge, or foam.
Types of Antifatigue Mats
Kinds of Antifatigue Mats include the following:
Foam antifatigue mat
A foam antifatigue mat is made of vinyl foam.
It has an average thickness of 3/8 inches.
It has beveled edges and a ribbed surface.
Rubber antifatigue mat
A rubber antifatigue mat is made of treated rubber that resists grease and oil.
It usually has raised domes on the surface for maximum support and comfort.
Sponge antifatigue mat
A sponge antifatigue mat is made of vinyl sponge.
It can repel static electricity to prevent electric shocks in places with sensitive electrical machines like dental offices, factories, and hospitals.
Choosing Antifatigue Mats (Buying tips)
Beveled edges: Choose an antifatigue mat with beveled edges that prevent you from tripping on it. Nonskid surface: Choose an antifatigue mat with a nonskid surface to prevent slipping. Treated mat: For use in chemical factories or areas with a high humidity level, get a treated antifatigue mat that resists grease, moisture, and chemical build-up. Washability: For easy maintenance, choose a washable antifatigue mat that can be easily rinsed off with soap and warm water. Heated mat: If you work in a cold facility, choose a heated antifatigue mat that can keep you warm.