​Buying a Doormat: How To Buy the Best Doormat For Your Home

Posted by Karen Mayo Marsh on 9th Mar 2015

Doormats are lifesavers. Not only do they make a first impression on your home when welcoming guests but they save your floors and carpet from suffering wear and tear, permanent staining and irreparable damage caused by outdoor debris. Not to mention, they cut down on vacuuming time! The trick to finding the best doormat for you is balancing style and attractiveness with function and durability. 

Outdoor Mats: 
When selecting an outdoor mat it’s essential that you choose weatherproof materials that will stand up to Mother Nature. Avoid lightweight mats or natural fiber mats for outside use. They may look great at first, but sun, wind, mud, sand, snow, and water will have them looking ragged in no time. Be sure to choose a mat that is highly durable and can stand up to heavy traffic.

Good Old Rubber:
Maybe not the prettiest of mats, but good old rubber tends to top the list of popular doormat materials. Rubber is one of mankind's greatest inventions - it's tough, durable, waterproof and flexible. The only drawback is that rubber is only suitable for moderate temperatures; outdoor rubber mats tend to harden and crack over time when exposed to frigid air.

Rope Doormats:
Rope doormats come in a variety of styles, weaves, and durability. Some rope doormats are made with soft synthetic fibers, such as polyolefin rope. These mats are soft to the touch, lightweight, and flexible. While these mats work well they tend to move around easily when wiping your feet, which is sometimes frustrating.

Lobster Rope Doormats:
If you are looking for durability and stability, consider a heavy rope such as polypropylene.  Lobster Rope Doormats are handwoven from nautical rope: a heavy gauge polypropylene rope used by Maine fishermen to tether their lobster traps. It’s extremely durable because it was produced to withstand the harsh elements of the ocean. Lobster Rope Doormats hold up to heavy traffic and easily trap snow, mud, and sand. Noticeably heavier than other rope doormats, they often weigh 6 to 10 pounds and will easily stay in place. 

Lobster Rope Doormats are also mildew, water, and insect resistant. You clean them by simply shaking them out or hosing them down. An added UV protectant helps against fading and each doormat is fully reversible. Just flip it over for a brand new mat. Lobster Rope Doormats are recommended for non-skid surfaces such as concrete, patio, carpet, poolside, and more.

Metal Doormats:
Cast iron metal doormats are typically more decorative than functional and come in a variety of elegant designs and silhouettes that match the distinct style of your home. A cast iron door mat will last for years and has rubber feet to prevent the doormat from slipping out of place or standing in pooled water.

Fabric Doormats:
Best for indoor use, synthetic or natural fabrics doormats include cotton, wool, nylon, acrylic, cotton blend and polyester. Fabric doormats can be braided, tufted or woven and reflect a myriad of colors and patterns. They’re generally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer if they are small enough, shake them free or dirt outside or vacuum them - and are versatile decor enhancers. (Lifehack: since some fabric doormats look like regular rugs, they make great "concealers" if you have a stubborn carpet stain or broken kitchen tile you want to hide and forget about fixing).

5 Essential Things to Consider Before Buying a Doormat
So now you've decided what kind of doormat or doormats you want to buy. But wait - there's more!
1. High-traffic areas demand doormats with textured or abrasive surfaces. Bypass the "pretty" mats and head towards the functional mats if you are looking for a door mat that will keep your floors and carpets dirt-free.
2. Pick an outdoor mat that is easy to clean – you’ll thank yourself later.
3. Avoid outdoor mats that tend to hold water. It only takes a few good snowstorms or the beginning of mud season for a mat to begin looking dingy and start to smell. Lobster Rope Doormats are weatherproof and will never take on rot, mildew, water, or odors.
4. If a mat is advertised as "indoor/outdoor" and you are looking for an outdoor mat, be sure to one you choose doesn't lean more towards indoor use.
5. Measure the areas you want to cover with outdoor rugs or doormats before buying. Standard doormat sizes are typically 18” x 30” , however many choose sizes up to 24” x 36” to make a bolder statement at the front door.

Happy doormat shopping!