The floor mat is a piece of fabric material that generally is placed on a floor or other flat surface. Mats serve a range of purposes including:
- serving to clean items passed over it, such as a doormat, which removes dirt from the soles of shoes
- protecting that which is above the mat, such as a wrestling or gymnastics mat, or an anti-vibration mat
- protecting that which is beneath the mat, such as a placemat or the matting used in archival framing and preservation of documents and paintings
Floor mat generally come in two options: either rubber or carpet fabric. These differ in a number of ways, and each material provides advantages and disadvantages when compared to the other. For instance, carpet mats are generally tufted and have a rubberized anti-slip backing, while rubber mats are heavier duty and more durable.
Also, some Floor mat is the plain color of rubber, while many others contain branded company logos, cartoon characters, or advertisements. They can also come in a wide range of colors.
The terms “universal” and “custom fit” differentiate between floor mats that will fit a multitude of different cars versus those that are specifically designed to fit only one chassis.
Some styles of mats may feature small, flexible spikes on their underside to grip carpeting underneath. A more common method of retention, though, is a fitting system that hooks, clips, or twists into an anchor point already positioned on the vehicle floor . This anchor is typically pre-installed by the OEM but some aftermarket manufacturers of “custom fit” mats also provide this.
The main idea that lies behind the idea of floor mat retention devices is to prevent the mats from sliding under the pedals . This is not only convenient but is also a serious safety hazard. There are 3 main types of Floor mat retention devices: posts and holes, buttons and grips . Grips are universal retention devices that are normally found on non-vehicle-specific mats.
Many makeshift Floor mats are becoming more popular, often taking the form of PVC alternatives, but rubber Floor mat is still seen as the safest option.