Definition - What does Dab Mat mean?
Dab mats, also called dab pads, are surface protection mats. Some mats are also cushioned to provide padded protection to help prevent a glass dab rig from breaking if it should be inadvertently knocked over.
A dab mat is also placed under a dab rig to protect surfaces from the sticky, oily, waxy residue that often falls or drips off the dab nail. Dab mats come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. Ideally, the mat should be large enough to set the rig on and safely cover the surface beneath the rig to prevent a mess. There should be enough room on the mat to lay dabbers and container concentrates.
Hydrolife explains Dab Mat
There is a wide array of dab mats commercially available for purchase. They are available in many colors and some even feature artwork or are embellished with beloved cartoon characters. Extra-large mats are also available to set an entire dab station on. Mat sizes often range from 4x4 inches to 14x25 inches.
Dab mats are made of many different substances such as silicone, rubber, cushioned rubber, and even recycled eco-friendly rubber and other products. However, some individuals opt to just use whatever is handy for a dab mat, such as a basic silicone baking sheet, which will catch any drips or splatters from the dab nail.