What was the last time you gave your doormats a thorough clean? One week ago? One month ago? Maybe a month ago? Although door mats are the first line of defense for keeping our floors dry and clean, many people neglect them which can cause them to be less effective.
Although it may seem like a chore to clean your door mats, it will keep your flooring and other mats clean by keeping dirt and grime at bay. A clean door mat will save you time and money in the long-term.
How to clean your doormats
Dry vacuuming is sufficient to remove most dirt and dust from door mats. To remove stubborn dirt and stains, it is a good idea to deep clean the mats every now and again. It depends on what type of mat you have to deep clean.
Rubber-backed Matting – These modern door mats are usually indoors and have a plush synthetic pile over a vinyl or rubber-backed base. Some mats can be machine washed (check the label), while others can be cleaned with a mild detergent or water. Make sure to test the mat for discolouration before you use it again.
Coir Mating – This type of matting is traditional and made from the husks of coconut shells. They are very durable, hard wearing, but also absorbent. Strong detergents should not be used as they can leave marks or discoloration. Dry powder cleaning is the best method to clean coir mats.
Antifatigue mats – These are made to assist people who work in a standing position for long periods. Anti-fatigue mats like “waterhog mats” are made up of an ergonomic pattern combined with a cushioning underneath. The cushioning stimulates blood flow by causing subconscious balance checks and micro movements. This improves circulation and reduces fatigue. The cushioning underlay protects your feet from hard surfaces, cold floors, vibrations and moisture. The unique design encourages users to perform micro-movements, which can provide a wealth health benefits such as reduced back pain, foot pain and weariness. Anti-fatigue mats can be used to prevent injury from standing. In factories and production lines, where employees have to stand for most of their work shifts, anti-fatigue mats were first used.
To remove any dirt, debris, or dust trapped in the carpet fibres, first vacuum the area thoroughly. Sprinkle the cleaning powder (a mixture with cornstarch, baking soda) evenly over the mat. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum once more.
The key to avoiding staining or spills on either matting type is time. A permanent stain is less likely to occur if the mat gets dirty quickly.
Can doormats be machine washed?
Coir door matting made of hard, bristly fibers is not suitable for washing machines. Although some types of rubber-backed matting are suitable for washing, most washing machines will not accept larger sizes than 60cmx90cm (approximately 2ftx3ft). To be sure, it is best to check with the retailer or manufacturer.
How often should doormats be cleaned?
There are many factors that influence the frequency of cleaning your doormats, including the season, foot traffic and environment. We recommend that you vacuum your mats once a week and then do a thorough clean every other month if it is outdoors or in an area with high foot traffic.
Door Mat Cleaning Tips
- Vacuum weekly to clean door mats
- Regularly beat or shake off dirt from mats
- Use baking soda to clean coir mats.
- Make sure your mat is washable.
- Before putting the mats back in place, make sure they are dry completely
- Consider changing your doormat every 2 years.