What was the last time you gave your doormats a thorough clean? One week ago? One month ago? Maybe a month ago? Although doormats 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.
Cleaning your doormats may seem like a hassle, but doing so can prevent dirt and grime from spreading throughout your home and make your flooring and other mats seem dirty. In the long run, maintaining a clean doormat will save you both time and money.
How to clean your doormats
Dry vacuuming is sufficient to remove most dirt and dust from waterhog mats. To remove stubborn dirt and stains, it is a good idea to deep clean the mats now and again. The type of mat you have will determine the best way to deep clean it.
Rubber-backed Matting These modern doormats are usually indoors and have a plush synthetic pile over 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 discoloration before you use it again.
Coir Matting – 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.
Before attempting to remove any dirt, debris, or dust that may be embedded in the carpet fibers, first, thoroughly vacuum the area. Spread the cleaning powder, which is a combination of cornstarch and baking soda, all over the mat in a uniform layer. After waiting thirty minutes, you should give it another vacuuming.
Time is the most important factor to consider when attempting to avoid stains or spills on any form of matting. If the mat gets filthy more rapidly, there is a lower chance that the stain will become permaanent.
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?
Many factors 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 doormats
- Regularly beat or shake off the 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.
- We hope that you find this guide useful. We are happy to assist you with any questions regarding door mat maintenance or care.