|An attractive door mat not only helps prevent
dirt from entering your house, it can also
set a welcoming tone at your door. All door
mats should be made from weather resistant
materials. They can be ordered online or
through catalogs, as they are easy and inexpensive
to ship. Consider the following when buying
a door mat: |
- Rubber mats offer excellent traction, especially
in freezing conditions. These can have a
simple hexagonal design or feature elegant
scrollwork that gives them the appearance
of wrought iron. Rubber mats will not rust,
and they also resist mold, stains and UV
rays. Dirt falls through the holes. They
can be swept or hosed clean. Special sizes
that fit stair treads are available.
- Rubber backed fiber mats combine excellent
traction with a surface for
wiping foot wear. These mats
come in a variety
of colors and patterns. Look
for models that
are grooved to allow water
to drain quickly
from all sides. They can be
cleaned by sweeping,
vacuuming or hosing.
- Door mats can also be made from natural fibers
such as coconut or coir bristles.
mats catch lots of dirt. Some
backed. Handsome and tasteful,
mats come in a variety of shapes
easy to personalized with the
name, initials or welcoming
will fade if placed in direct
- Aluminum mats are rust proof and make wonderful
boot scrapers. They often have a scrollwork
pattern that makes them look like cast iron.
Aluminum mats are usually finished with weather
resistant powdercoating in black, copper
or bronze. They can be personalized with
an interchangeable center panel featuring
a name, initials or welcoming message. These
mats are cleaned by sweeping or hosing.
Personalized door mats make excellent gifts,
but remember that they cannot be returned.