Thursday 22 October 2020

The Wellcome Mat

UAE ‘Wellcome Mat’ is ready to protect homes

DUBAI, September 21, 2020

Three UAE residents have created a Wellcome Mat, the first door mat that cleans and disinfects shoes, so that people can enter their homes free from infectious germs, viruses and bacteria.
Bassam F, his daughter Maya F and cofounder Abdul Aziz E are the ones who created the innovative Wellcome Mat.
The Wellcome Mat comprises different panels; two side- panels that disinfect the shoes through applying the “Wellcome Shoe disinfectant Solution” which kills up to 99.9% of the germs; and a central microfibre drying panel that cleans and dries the shoes.
The Wellcome Mat tackles a domestic hygiene problem that have existed way before the rise of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is the high level of contamination through the shoe soles.
Many global studies have addressed this topic, the latest being a 2018 study conducted by The University of Arizona, which revealed that the sole of an average shoe could carry over 421,000 bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
Such shocking data, along with the wide spread of Covid-19, motivated the creators of Wellcome Mat to fast-track their plans and launch their innovation soonest.
The team encountered many logistical challenges to design, produce and launch their product, at a time when the whole world was under lockdown. When most of the airports in the world implemented closing measures, the inventors of the “Wellcome Mat” were in three different countries.
Bassam was on a trip to Canada; his daughter and partner Maya was in the UK, while their cofounder Abdul Aziz was in Dubai. However, this did not prevent them from working together as a team to develop their ideas, complete the production process and launch the mat in the UAE, with the intent of expanding its distribution across the region and worldwide. -- Tradearabia News Service


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