Are you thinking of going camping but you’re unsure as to the best camping floor mat? This post explains the different types of floor mats and which ones are preferred by campers.
We’ll tell you about the most important features of Bolon, Aerotex and mesh floor mats. We will also discuss other mat types, such as raffia floor mats, and foam and PVC tiles so you can decide from all the options available on the market. Let’s begin!
Is it important to use a floor mat when camping?
When you go camping, it’s really important that you feel fully comfortable and safe, as though you were at home. Choosing a good camping floor mat is essential as they each have their own virtues and will adapt to your needs. We’ve listed the most commonly used floor mats below.
Bolon floor mats
Bolon is a brand that makes woven mats that are currently manufactured using recycled and synthetic materials. This fabric offers durability, so it is used as a camping floor mat.
It provides great insulation from the stones and gravel there may be on the ground. Additionally, it’s highly resistant, meaning these mats will last for a long time. As it is a non-absorbent fabric, it’s really easy to clean when something is spilled on it and it’s ideal for the rain as, thanks to its woven design, water will pass through it and no puddles will form. This woven design also means the ground can still breathe so if the mat is placed on damp grass there won’t be any bad smells, nor will fungus or mould start to grow. In addition, these mats are highly resistant to UV rays and fire so they offer maximum safety!
The best way to fix them in place is by using clips that should be tightened from time to time. Of course, great quality comes with a high price. Furthermore, you should bear in mind that these mats are not normally more than 3 metres wide, meaning if you want to cover an entire plot you must use more than one piece.
Aerotex floor mats
Aerotex is the commercial brand that makes this type of spongy floor mats. They are manufactured using a fibre fabric and covered with rubber foam. Inside, they have a mesh to reinforce the mat.
As they are so spongy, standing on them is very pleasant. This is also an anti-slide product, meaning these mats are perfect for making sure you won’t fall. They have many things in common with the previously mentioned mat as they are also breathable and prevent bad odours and fungus. Their price is quite high, just like Bolon floor mats.
You should bear in mind that these mats are heavier than the majority of floor mats and they aren’t usually more than 3 metres wide, so you’ll need to use several pieces. This floor mat is not recommended for ground with fine gravel as the mat’s surface has small holes the gravel may get into.
Mesh floor mats
There are several types of meshes for floor mats. Geotextile floor mats are recommended for damp ground but their permeability is rather low, meaning puddles will form if it rains. Anti-weed mesh floor mats are more permeable than geotextile meshes but still not 100%. Both can be cleaned easily and are sold in large sizes so you can cover as much ground as you like.
There is also olive harvest netting, which is highly resistant and flexible. Furthermore, no puddles will form as the fabric has holes in it to filter the water. The downside is it’s difficult to clean, especially with substances that get stuck to the fabric. There are other meshes, such as mosquito netting and privacy screens that are often used alongside other floor mats.
The main advantage of this type of floor mat is that they are extremely cheap and very light. They are simple to roll up and take anywhere and they can be cut easily. Their low price and lightness mean they aren’t as resistant as the floor mats mentioned earlier.
Other types of floor mats
Raffia floor mats are made of canvas manufactured with synthetic woven thread. They are very cheap, they take up little space, and they are highly resistant. They can be used when you don’t want something in particular to get wet as they are waterproof but as a floor mat they aren’t great as puddles will form.
Another commonly used floor mat are those comprised of rubber or foam tiles (the latter is lighter). They are easy to place and they also raise the floor mat making it more difficult for water to get up onto it. They provide great insulation from electricity and humidity.
Finally, good-quality, anti-slide PVC floors mats are another option. They might cost more but they’re worth it.
Choose your ideal camping floor mat!
Now you know everything you need to know about all the camping floor mats available, you’ll know which one is perfect for you and your camping lifestyle. Make sure you get one and come and enjoy the adventure at Villamar Campsite!