Contrary to popular opinion, entrance mats were not invented by a fussy housewife who had to wash her floor five times a day whenever someone entered with muddy feet. Various types of entrance mats have been used by civilizations the world over for eons. Even the Egyptians had straw mats at the door so inhabitants could wipe the sand from their feet before stepping inside.
One of the most common styles that has lasted for about a century is a simple mat that says “welcome”. There are many variations to be found as well, including comical sayings and holidays wishes. In any case, an entrance mat needs to have one purpose ” to keep the house clean. If it doesn’t at least do that, it might as well be hanging up.
Certain geographical areas have some specific demands for their mats, especially in areas that have tough winters that include below freezing temperatures, and plenty of snow and ice thrown in for good measure. Just a few steps in this wintery conglomeration can pick up snow, ice, and some dirt and rock salt, none of which should be allowed to make its way onto a hardwood or carpeted floor, to say the least.
No matter what climate you live in, your mat still needs to be able to withstand the worst your local weather can produce. It also needs to withstand frequent washings. If it falls apart after a few trips through the washing machine, you bought the wrong kind!
For the environmentally conscious, you can find all sorts of mats made from recycled materials like rubber, cloth, plant fibers and even plastics. Bamboo is becoming popular because it is easily recycled and the trees grow quickly.
Whichever one you buy, make sure it’s washable, and grabs dirt. If it’s very thin, it’s not meant for outdoors.
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