Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Welcome Mat

Don’t wipe your feet on anything but the best.

Dog sitting on top of welcome mat at front door.
Talk about a warm welcome.Courtney Cook, Unsplash

Nothing says “Hello, come on in!” like a good welcome mat. Although it’s a lovely sentiment, let us not forget that greeting guests isn’t its only purpose. We also lay them out to stop people outside from tracking grime inside. Before buying one, the most important factor to keep in mind is the fabric. Second, as with indoor rug pads, you may want to consider a mat slip to stop it from moving around. Finally, you want a mat that’s a perfect fit for your door. Remember: The wrong rug can ruin a perfectly grand entrance.

Gorilla Grip Original Durable Rubber Door Mat, 29x17, Heavy Duty Doormat, Indoor Outdoor, Waterproof, Easy Clean, Low-Profile Mats for Entry, Garage, Patio, High Traffic Areas, Black Maze
The border traps water, and the polypropylene fabric captures dirt and dries quickly to keep it intact longer.Gorilla Grip

Abrasive or textured material—so-called “scraper surfaces”—are best at removing clingy mud from footwear. Rubber is durable and stays put, but it can crack in cold climates. No matter what material you choose, clean your mat often by shaking it, vacuuming it or, if it’s made from rubber, plastic or wood, hosing it down for maximum dirt-trapping effectiveness.

DII CAMZ34075 Hello Coir Doormat, 18 x 30, Black
The PVC backing prevents slips.DII

A thick, non-slip backing will keep your doormat in place so it doesn’t slide right out from under visitors’ feet. Sisal, jute and cloth fabrics are best for indoor use as they don’t stand up very well to the outside elements. One word of caution: if you’ll be using the mat inside instead of outside, make sure it isn’t so thick that the door gets stuck every time you open it.

Gorilla Grip Original Durable Rubber Door Mat, 29x17, Heavy Duty Doormat, Indoor Outdoor, Waterproof, Easy Clean, Low-Profile Rug Mats for Entry, Garage, Patio, High Traffic Areas, Black Welcome
Made from stain- and weather-resistant polypropylene.Gorilla Grip

A good welcome mat rule of thumb: your mat should be at least 80 percent of the width of the doorway where it will sit. For single doors, the standard size is 18” X 30”, and for doors with sidelights, it’s generally 24” X 36”.

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