Disinfectant Mat Range
For entrances that have little or infrequent foot traffic, the low cost MINI-MAT has been specifically designed for positions with low avoidance risk. Small and low-cost, many customers buy several to place at site entrances.
Shoof Vehicle Mat
If there is a possibility of disease or contamination entering or leaving your facility on vehicle tyres, then our Shoof Vehicle Mat can be positioned so all vehicles must drive over it. The mat can handle all traffic from small cars, to full-size trucks.
Here’s the ideal shoe and boot disinfection mat for people who are traveling from farm or sites to other farms and require a portable disinfection facility. This significantly reduces the chances of transporting contamination, including the spread of Mycoplasma bovis infection.
The foam core mat is encased in a sturdy polyethylene box with a lid. The mat can be pre-filled with solution but will not spill, as the foam core takes up all the liquid. It is then simply placed on the ground to use as required. No risk of spillage in your vehicle. Alternatively the Mat-In-A-Box can be used at the entrance to sensitive premises and kept covered when not required.
Dimensions: 58cm x 39cm x 5cm
Capacity: 2.5 litres
Shoof Order Code: 217 658
Sweetmat Disinfectant Mats are best placed at doorways and building entrances
The Sweetmat Disinfection Mats function by utilising the hydraulic pressure created when standing on them, thus causing the disinfectant solution to rise upward around the footwear. There is no danger of flooding or damaging footwear as might occur in a foot bath.
The Sweetmat Disinfection Mat can be used with any disinfectant or sanitiser, offering speed and ease of solution application and transportability.
Disinfection Mats feature an upper surface made from a permeable fabric which enables disinfection of footwear or anything crossing over it. However this permeable fabric allows very little organic matter to penetrate the mat surface, meaning there is little chance of neutralisation of the disinfectant solution and keeps your disinfectant at the correct concentration. The bottom surface and sides use a non-permeable antibacterial PVC to prevent leakage or leaching of disinfectant solution onto the ground, meaning less waste occurs. All mats have a 30mm inner core of bonded-urethane foam.
To use simply place your mat at your entrance upon a smooth and level floor surface. Pour your solution onto the upper surface of the mat where it will be immediately absorbed by the inner foam core. When foot traffic passes over the mat, the solution is passed onto the footwear. To clean, place mat on its edge and hose off, then leave to drain.
Dimensions: 85cm x 60cm
Capacity: 8 litres
For use where minimal risk of avoidance and limited traffic volume.
Shoof Order Code: 217 596
Dimensions: 85cm x 85cm
Capacity: 12 litres
Ideal size for most entrances having good volume and low avoidance risk.
Shoof Order Code: 217 599
Dimensions: 85cm x 180cm
Capacity: 25 litres
For entrances where it is desirable that all footwear touches at least twice, and where risk of avoidance is possible.
Shoof Order Code: 217 600
Shoof Vehicle Disinfection Mat
For vehicle entrances to disease-sensitive facilities. This extremely durable mat can be placed so that all vehicles in and out pass over it. Designed to allow all tyres to do a full rotation on the mat.
The mat is supplied in two parts that are domed together along the centre line for use. There are stainless steel eyelets in the corners for securing to the roadway if required. The road surface must be smooth under the mat. Asphalt is excellent, chip seal is acceptable if it is fine chip. If the road is coarse chip seal, plain gravel or sand, it should be covered with plywood under the mat.
Directions for Use
To use for the first time, prepare about 40 litres of disinfectant solution in 20-litre jerry cans. Pour slowly on each side of the mat. (When the mat is new it can be slow to take in the solution.) For subsequent daily or twice-daily refilling, apply 20 litres to each side of the mat, or such amount as required.
Dimensions: 3m x 3m
Shoof Order Code: 220 827
Limited custom production available.
Offering the same proven principles as Sweetmat Disinfection Mats, the Shoof Mini-Mat is designed for entrances that have little or infrequent foot traffic and minimal risk of avoidance. Small and low-cost, many customers buy several to place at multiple site entrances.
The Mini-Mat features a strong mesh upper welded to an anti-bacterial PVC outer.
Dimensions: 45cm x 45cm
Capacity: 3.5 litres
Shoof Order Code: 217 652
What kind of Disinfectant should be used in my Disinfection Mat?
Disinfectants are antimicrobial agents that are applied to the surface of non-living objects to destroy micro-organisms present on them. Sweetmat Disinfection Mats provide a universal applicator for a range of agents.
A perfect disinfecting agent would offer complete and full microbiological sterilisation, without harming humans or animals, be inexpensive and non-corrosive… BUT not all disinfectants are suitable for all purposes and you need to make the best choice based on your situation requirements.
Some disinfectants have a wide spectrum action (killing many different types of micro-organisms), while others kill a smaller range of disease-causing micro-organisms but are preferred for other properties (they may be non-corrosive, non-toxic or inexpensive).
Mode of action: Acts on proteins by denaturation and on nucleic acids by alkylation. The reaction is irreversible and pH-dependent, working better at alkaline pH and less at neutral or acidic pH.
Advantages: Very effective against most bacteria, viruses and fungi, but not against parasite eggs. Least sensitive to the presence of organic matter. Relatively inexpensive.
Disadvantages: Not effective in low temperatures (<5°C or 41°F). Irritating and pungent odour. Carcinogenic (Formaldehydes) and allergic when in contact with skin.
Quaternary Ammonium (Quats)
This group of compounds is excellent against bacteria and fungi, but not effective against non-enveloped viruses (e.g. Norovirus, Rotavirus etc.) They are Cationic (positively charged ions) detergents and are effective against bacteria and fungi at low concentration of 0.5%.
Mode of action: Structure and function disruption resulting in leakage of cell components and cell death.
Advantages: Strong antimicrobial action. Colourless, odourless, tasteless, and non-toxic. Effective against Gram-positive bacteria, less effective against Gram-negative bacteria. Also destroy fungi, amoebas, and enveloped viruses (e.g. influenza and many animal viruses). Quats are relatively insensitive to low temperature and organic matter.
Disadvantages: Neutralized by soaps and anionic (negatively charged ion) detergents, Pseudomonas strains that are resistant and can grow in presents of Quats are a big problem concern in hospitals.
Aldehydes and Quats
The combination of Aldehydes and Quats as a disinfectant is quite common. Although improving performance at lower temperatures, efficacy against non-enveloped viruses is sacrificed (see Quaternary Ammonium).
Mode of action: Cross-linking, coagulating, and clumping leads to leakage of cellular components and finally to death of the microbial cell.
Advantages: Very effective in the presence of organic matter. Effective against bacteria, (especially Gram-positive bacteria) and enveloped viruses. Limited toxicity. Typically effective as a deodorizer.
Disadvantages: Poor to limited residual activity. Not effective against sporicidal activity.
Halogens (Oxidizing Disinfectants)
Chlorine (bleach) is the most widely used disinfectant in North America.
Mode of action: They are oxidizing agents and therefore denature proteins and cause the microorganisms death.
Advantages: Inexpensive disinfectant. Active against most pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, moulds, and algae, but not bacterial spores.
Disadvantages: They are rapidly inactivated in the presence of organic matter. Disinfection efficiency is temperature dependent (at close to 0°C or 32°F disinfection efficiency is very poor). Corrosive to stainless steel surfaces. Frequent refreshing is required.
Note: Disinfectants and Sanitisers – Our mats can be used with almost any sanitising solution, except chlorine or bleach products. These products will cause the internal foam to disintegrate.
How often should I change the disinfecting agent?
Each situation is different, but you need to consider the following factors:
- the amount of traffic
- the amount of organic matter
- the type of disinfectant
- the dilution rate if outdoors
- the amount of sunlight
- the water quality to begin with
- the ambient temperature
- the pH-level
- the presence of other chemicals (soaps, detergents or other)
- the type of micro-organisms you are targeting.
To maintain effective biosecurity using a Disinfection Mat you must ensure that the Disinfectant you use is regularly checked and maintained.