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How to Buy the Best Doormat: 2021 Doormat Buying Guide

How to Buy the Best Doormat: 2021 Doormat Buying Guide

Posted by New England Trading Co on 28th Jun 2021

Buying a Doormat in 2021:

How to Find the Best Doormat for your Home

Shopping for a new outside doormat?

If you’re wondering whether to buy inexpensive welcome mats to replace each year, or make an investment, we can help you decide. 

Top 5 Features You Need in an Outdoor Doormat

1. Holds up in water. The best doormat for outside will always be one that is designed to get wet. You want a doormat can stand up to rain and humidity and dries quickly. Otherwise you'll have to replace your doormat often.

2. UV-resistant: the best material for a doormat will be UV-treated to protect it against the sun.

3. Resists mold and mildew. Doormats will last longer if they are mildew and mold-resistant, plus they will not carry odors (very important at your front door!)

4. Made of synthetic fibers. Outside doormats should last for years, not a season. Synthetic fibers will hold up to moisture, dirt, and and weather much better than natural fibers. Natural fiber coir mats are better kept indoors.

What is the best material for a outdoor doormat?

Synthetic polypropylene rope - what we call "lobster rope" - is the best choice for a doormat that will be exposed to water and sun, like most front door mats.

Designed to tether lobster traps in the sea, polypropylene rope can withstand water, salt, snow, sand, dirt, sun, and wind.

It is fast-drying so you can hose it right down at the door to keep it clean. Plus it will never grow mildew or mold, which is what makes some doormats take on an odor.

Check out all of our weatherproof Lobster Rope Doormats right here - over 30 colors available.

What makes a good doormat? Pros and cons of different doormat materials

Good Old Rubber Mats:
Maybe not the prettiest of mats, but rubber is one of mankind’s greatest inventions - it’s tough, durable, waterproof and flexible.

The only drawback is that rubber can get super hot in the summer and tends to harden and crack over time when exposed to frigid air.

Woven Rope Doormats:
A great advantage to using a woven rope doormat is all the colors and styles available. However you want to be sure you select one that is made of a heavyweight synthetic rope so it will stand up to all the traffic and bad weather.

Our Lobster Rope Doormats weigh 7-10 lbs. each and feature a raised weave design that allows the rigidity of the rope to scrape mud from your shoes. Everything it catches passed through the doormat - just lift and sweep away. Your doormat never gets bogged down with dirt and sand.

Coir or Natural Fiber:
There are thousands of super cute and funny doormats made out of coir, which gives a lot of versatility to your door decor.

However, coir and natural fibers do not stand up well to bad weather. Rain, snow, sand, sun can all break those fibers down quickly. A good doormat should last years, not just a season. These mats are best suited for indoor use.

Coir or Natural Fiber:
There are thousands of super cute and funny doormats made out of coir, which gives a lot of versatility to your door decor. However, coir and natural fibers do not stand up well to bad weather. Rain, snow, sand, sun can all break those fibers down quickly. A good doormat should last years, not just a season.

Coir and natural fiber mats are best suited for indoor use.

Fabric or Carpet Doormats:
Best for indoor use, synthetic or natural fabric 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 and if they’re small enough, shake them free of dirt outside or vacuum them - and are versatile decor enhancers.

What size should a doormat be?
Doormat Size Guide:

Standard doormat sizes begin at 18 x 30 - this is one of the most commonly purchased size. It works well for single doors.

A standard front door measures around 36" wide. We recommend 21 x 33/34 or 24 x 36/38 for front doors.

TIP: grab a piece of chalk and draw the size of each doormat before you buy so you can see the scale and balance of each size against your door.

A great rule of thumb is that your doormat be about the same width as your front door or slightly less.

How do you pick a front door mat? Here are 4 tips to remember:
M: Material must be weatherproof & water-resistant.

A: Average doormat size for single door is 18”x30” or 24”x36” for doors with sidelights.

T: Time: Save yours by choosing a doormat that can be used year-round.

S: Sun: Choosing a doormat with added UV protection will help slow the fading process in high-sunlit areas.

Commercial Lobster Rope works double duty to pull tractor from mud.

How do I clean my outside doormat?

One of the easiest ways to clean your outdoor welcome mat is to grab hose and wash it down, right at the door. If this sounds appealing to you consider a water-resistant woven rope doormat. The design allows sand and dirt to pass through it (just lift and sweep away) and water flows through as well. Just be sure the rope is fast-drying, like polypropylene. If your doormat traps dirt then the best way to clean it is a good car vacuum or an old-fashioned whacking against the wall or with a broom.  

Should I use a doormat inside or outside?

Your heaviest traffic door, typically the front, should have both an indoor and outdoor doormat. The job of an outdoor doormat is to scrub off dirt, mud and debris before someone enters the home. The job of an indoor doormat is two-fold: first, to collect shoes for homes that request that shoes not be worn inside. Second, if shoes are allowed indoors the doormat must be absorbent so that moisture will not be tracked inside.

With a patio or side door you can often get away with just one doormat, indoor or outdoor, based on your preference.

What are the best doormats for removing dirt?

Doormats that have a raised weave or feature heavy duty bristles are the best for removing dirt and mud. You will want a mat that can handle heavy scraping. Avoid natural fibers for this job, like coir, as they will break down more quickly with heavy use and moisture exposure. Lobster Rope Doormats are designed with a raised weave that captures mud and dirt, passing it through the doormat. The polypropylene rope will not break down with exposure to water.

Ready to find your perfect doormat?

Confusion is the welcome mat at the door of creativity.
- Michael J. Gelb

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How to Buy the Best Doormat: 2021 Doormat Buying Guide