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Renting VS Buying Anti-Fatigue Mats

Written by
Kimberly Seaberg
Published on
January 24, 2022 10:04:02 AM PST January 24, 2022 10:04:02 AM PSTth, January 24, 2022 10:04:02 AM PST

People often think that renting anti-fatigue mats is a cheaper, more reliable option. In some circumstances that can be true. Often times, the choice of buying an anti-fatigue mat is quickly overlooked because of the cost and maintenance but if you look closely at the details, you’ll see it’s not all that extreme. 

At a glance, of course renting mats will seem more cost effective because of the smaller monthly payments. These smaller payments will add up to create a large number by the end of the year. According to “The Mad Matter,” a 4’x6’ floor mat costs around $5.00 each week, or around $260 annually. This is not a one and done situation as many mat rental companies require a 3-year contract. Aside from the rental mats themselves, there are a few other fees that get added on top of this price. You will pay a fuel fee for the deliveries, cleaning fees, and laundering fees. These fees tack on more money to your total and take a toll on the environment.

When looking at buying an anti-fatigue mat, some may get sticker shock from the price. If you divide that price by the life expectancy of the mat, you may find the total does not differ too much from rentals; it may even be cheaper. The price you see is the price you pay, there will be none of those fuel, cleaning, and laundry fees. Avoiding these fees will not only save money but help the environment as well. Because less fuel will be used, there will be less air pollution. Without the frequent cleaning and laundering, there will be less chemicals contaminating the water. 

Here is a cost comparison using a standard size 4’ x 6’ anti-fatigue mat as an example:

Rental: $5/week multiplied by 52 weeks = $260/year.

Buying: $231.25 divided by 5-year life expectancy = $46.25/year.

SAVINGS: $213.75/year or 82.2%! Multiply this by the number of mats in your plant and the savings really start to add up. You could purchase and replace mats much more frequently than five years and still be saving a substantial amount.

The cleaning fee may seem worth it because cleaning anti-fatigue mats are seen as such a hassle to care for. Cleaning an anti-fatigue mat is not an unbearable task. The AcroMat 100-1 Series anti-fatigue mats are quick and easy to clean. To clean, use a hose, mop, or spray-and-wipe method with industrial strength cleaner such as degreaser, bleach, ammonia, or an acid based cleaner. For the best results, use a hose or pressure washer with hot water. The hot water will clean better and speed up the drying process. Hang up the mats till they are dry; be sure to not put them back on the floor until completely dry.

With the price of rental anti-fatigue mats, you would expect high quality but that is not that case, in fact they could be creating hazards. Rentals can be anywhere from brand new to 10-years old. You can never be sure what you’re going to get. If you end up with an older mat, there is a chance they will be over-worn, and the edges will be torn or curled. 

Whether the mat is new or old, it may not fit your space properly. Rental mats only come in standard sizes, which is not convenient for everyone. Because of this, people will often stack mats or let them overlap. Having inadequate and standard sized mats that don’t fit your environment will create tripping hazards. On top of paying the mat rental charges, you risk having to pay workers compensation fees.


If you decide to purchase anti-fatigue mats, you are guaranteed a brand new one and have the option to create a custom one. A custom mat is a one-piece design that can be made to fit around machinery, equipment, desks, or anything you can think of. Aside from being able to choose your exact size, you can choose your color and add yellow borders, textured surface, non-slip backing and cable covers. If you choose to put a custom anti-fatigue mat in your space, the chance of tripping incidents will decrease because it will be brand new and fit perfectly. 

Unlike entrance mats, rental services do not replace anti-fatigue mats. The AcroMat 100-1 Series mat has a 3-8 year life expectancy. Like many other company’s do, this mat has a 2-year full replacement warranty to give you peace of mind

Of course, it is important to examine your environment before deciding whether to rent or buy anti-fatigue mats. If you have a standard sized space with minimal foot traffic, then renting may be the best option for you. If you have an intricate space with high amounts of foot traffic, buying anti-fatigue mats will be the safest and best investment for you.