Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Welcome Mat

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

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.

Stays Dry

The border traps water, and the polypropylene fabric captures dirt and dries quickly to keep it intact longer. Gorilla Grip

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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.

Warm Welcome

The PVC backing prevents falls. DII

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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.

Premium Materials

Made from stain- and weather-resistant polypropylene. Gorilla Grip

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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”.