Simple Setup & Maintenance

Shoe Disinfecting Mat Setup & Maintenance is Simple

PLEASE NOTE – when performing your INITIAL Shoe Disinfecting Mat Setup – Because of a soaping agent used in the manufacturing process of the insert carpet, the first time a liquid is added to the insert of our Shoe Disinfecting Mat, it may produce a volume of suds. To avoid this occurring, upon receiving the insert, flush both sides of the insert with clean water and allow it to drip dry on edge overnight before using the system for the first time.

OUR PROPRIETARY TRIPLE-LAYERED INSERT is what sets the SaniStride® Sanitizer Delivery System apart from all others. Handmade in Portland, Oregon since 2011 SaniStride® inserts are unlike any other shoe sanitizing floor mat component on the market. The Stride at 1 inch thick and the Low Profile at 1/2 inch thick are TRIPLE LAYERED and composed of 2 pieces of high-grade indoor/outdoor carpet that sandwich a very absorbent interior material. Unlike our competitor’s inserts and mat surfaces, SaniStride’s® inserts are very spongy and absorbent…they retain within the 3 layers a majority of the germ-killing liquid added to them.

Because of their proprietary composition, when stepped on, these double-sided inserts have the ability to deliver a large quantity of the shoe disinfectant up into the treads, crevices and arches of footwear thoroughly saturating them as well as the sides of the soles.

STEP 1: Dilute the Concentrated Shoe Disinfectant

Dilute the Quaternary or other non-chlorinated, non-sudsing (cleansers can be slippery) concentrate by mixing the specified quantity of liquid with 1 gallon of water. Please follow the dilution rates of the concentrated shoe disinfectant as per the manufacturer’s label on the container.

NEVER USE CHLORINE BLEACH in the SaniStride® System – it can possibly damage the rubber mat and insert. Some disinfectants, even after diluting with water, have very high concentrations of Peroxide or other very caustic chemicals. These chemicals can cause the Polyester thread that holds the insert pieces together to actually desintergrate. SaniStride will not replace inserts or rubber base-mats damaged by caustic chemicals free of charge. Contact your local janitorial supplier for a concentrated, non-sudsing Quaternary Disinfectant or other non-chlorine based concentrated sanitizer that you will dilute with water. Using a concentrate and diluting it yourself is a very inexpensive alternative to using a “ready to use” sanitizer.
PETS – please note that while sanitizer manufacturers may state that their solution is safe for both humans and animals, SaniStride® suggestes it should never be used somewhere that it could be ingested by animals without confering with your Vet to detirmine the possible hazard risks of the sanitizer to you pet.

STEP 2: Position Your Shoe Sanitizer Mat

As part of Shoe Disinfecting Mat Setup – If needed, set the system on top of a 4’x6′ (recommended minimum size) or larger dry mat at the location where it is to be used. The dry mat will protect the flooring (wood, tile, carpet, floor wax) under and around the SaniStride® mat from any ill effects of prolonged exposure to the shoe disinfectant. The dry mat will also provide an area to wipe shoes and help prevent slipping and possible falls when exiting the SaniStride® mat. The bottoms of the shoes will be very wet and will need to be wiped dry. Alternatively, place a dry mat at the exit side of the SaniStride® mat to dry shoes when the floor finish is not a concern.

STEP 3: Add the Diluted Shoe Disinfectant to the SaniStride® Mat System

First, note the quantity of liquid needed to properly add to your specific mat style.

SaniStride Mat System Volume of liquid to use
Stride 1” deep 160 – 192 fluid ounces (1.25 – 1.50 Gal)
Stride Low Profile ½” deep 108 -114 fluid ounces (.84 – .89 Gal)
Sports Mat ½” deep 24 – 32 fluid ozs (3 – 4 cups)

Overcharging any of the SaniStride systems will result in splashing and possible overflow onto the flooring. 

Due to evaporation and shoe wicking, the amount of sanitizer in the SaniStride system will need to be assessed from day to day, and possibly during the day. Test by stepping onto the mat, and if a very slight puddle is not apparent around the outside of the shoe sole, step off the insert, add a small quantity of liquid (perhaps ½ a quart), then step back onto the insert to retest. Repeat this process until the desired condition is accomplished.

SaniStride customer adds shoe disinfectant to shoe sanitizer mat diminishing the spread of germs

Into each individual Stride base mat (not Sports mat), pour approximately 1/2 a gallon (64 ounces) of diluted liquid into the rubber base mat before putting the insert in place. Doing this helps to disperse the liquid quickly and evenly throughout the insert as you lay it into the base mat. Once the insert is in place then pour the remainder of the required liquid onto it.

Alternatively, the entire quantity of liquid can be poured directly onto the insert (this is the best way to charge the STRIDE RUNNER mat systems). It will then take a few minutes for the liquid to disperse throughout the entire insert. 

Cleaning Protocol

Disinfectant Efficiency?

It is very important to know the efficacy of the disinfectant you are using. Adding sanitizer as needed day-to-day will assist in keeping up the potency of the chemical to a certain extent, but a complete clean-out will need to be performed at regular intervals. Ask your chemical supplier or the manufacturer of the concentrate, how long the disinfectant will be effective at killing germs once diluted and exposed to air. Also, inquire if adding fresh disinfectant as needed day to day will assist in keeping up the potency of the chemical in the mat. 

The answers to these questions will assist you in determining your maintenance and cleaning protocol.

TO ASSURE THAT YOU ARE MAXIMIZING THE BIOSECURITY of your SaniStride® Mat System and your facility, the mat INSERT must be monitored for the possible build-up of CONTAMINATION of bio-materials and other debris. SaniStride recommends the replacement of inserts within 6 months of use to assist in protecting against possible contamination build-up within the SaniStride® system. 

Shoe/boot washers, sanitizers… is important that they be cleaned out or reset regularly.

The Germs that can harbor on the bottoms of our shoes and can be transported from place to place, and cause cross-contamination have been well documented for many years now. Here are a few supporting articles –

4 reasons wearing shoes inside is bad for your health, from ‘forever chemicals’ to hidden poop germs

The rate of positivity was relatively high for floor swab samples…

Dirty boots can pose a very real risk to your property.

Shoe Sanitizer Mat Video Demos

To clean your SaniStride® Mat System…

Remove the insert from the rubber base mat and flush it thoroughly with clean water by hose or in a utility sink.

SaniStride easy clean-up of shoe sanitizer and boot disinfectant mat

Wipe the base mat dry with a clean towel.

SaniStride easy maintenance of shoe sanitizer mat system

Stand on its side, hang, or drape the insert so that the water drains out of one side. Doing this will assure that the sanitizer’s potency will not be diluted by moisture left in the insert the next time it is used.

DO NOT put the insert in a dryer or extractor as these machines will damage the insert.

SaniStride easy maintenance of shoe disinfecting mat insert