I’m constantly tracking sawdust out of my workshop and into the rest of the house. The little chips are especially bad, as they get embedded in the low pile carpet on the stairs. It takes several passes with the vacuum wand to get them out. To keep the house cleaner without getting on my hands and knees, I’ve been looking into sticky or tack mats for the entrance to my shop.
Tack mats are pretty much what they sound like – sticky sheets that you put in front of entrances. They are sticky enough to pull dirt of your shoes, but not so sticky that they stick to your shoes and get pulled out of place. They usually come in pads with several layers stacked on top of one another. When one pad is used up and less effective, you rip off the top layer to expose a fresh sticky surface.
One of the least expensive brands I found available was the 3M Dirt Catcher. The mat itself measures 26″ by 32″, and accepts 24″ by 30″ refill sheets. It has a non-skid backing on the bottom to prevent it from sliding around.
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You can purchase either the starter kit, which includes the mat plus 15 refill sheets, or just a package of 15 refill sheets. Over on the Sherwin Williams website they list the starter pack for $16 and the refills for $7, but they do not have an online store.
I called one of the local stores, and they said they didn’t have any on hand. So I called another store close by and they had several in stock. I visited the store to purchase the starter pack, but they wouldn’t give me the online price. The best they could do was $26 with a contractor discount.
On the website it says “All prices displayed are for U.S. Sherwin-Williams locations and are in U.S. Dollars. Prices do not include taxes or other fees as applicable.”, but I haven’t a clue as to why the Sherwin Willaim store wouldn’t honor this price.
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Alternatively you could purchase them from Amazon. There the starter pack will run you $34 and the refill $17.
If you think you can find better pricing, look for 3M model number DCSP, for the starter kit, and DCR for the refill kit.
Another sticky mat product I found is the StepNGrip Gel mat, and this one doesn’t require refills. It’s made for basketball players who want to keep dust off the soles of their shoes so they grip better on the court. It serves a similar purpose as the tacky mats above, so maybe it would work equally as well for the job site or home workshop for certain applications.
Rather than peeling off the top layer when the pad is dirty, you can simply wash it off. Since the gel is thicker than a tack pad, the gel can squeeze into the grooves and gaps of shoe soles to pull away even more dirt.
The only disadvantage is that StepNGrip Gel mat will cost you $100, but according to StepNGrip it should last for years.
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