Bob Vila Offers Doormat Tips

by Chris Martin on January 8, 2014

Bob Vila is a home improvement guru. For decades, he has been providing homeowners with all kinds of home remodeling, renovation, decorating, and maintenance assistance. Vila has the expertise to help with everything from roofing, plumbing and electrical wiring to carpet glue, cabinet screws and picture nails.

So it shouldn’t be surprising that Bob Vila also has some advice about entry mats for homeowners. Here are several of the tips that Vila discussed about this topic on a recent episode of his radio show:

  • “Make sure each entry mat is at least 80 percent as wide as the door it lies near.” So for a standard 36″ wide door, the entry mat should be at least 28.8 inches wide. This way, people won’t have to adjust their path in order to walk onto the entry mat.
  • “Make sure each entry mat is deep enough so that an individual can step on it twice.” It’s counterproductive to have a mat that only permits one foot to step on it while leaving the other foot to track in dirt or moisture. Therefore, eschew skinny doormats in favor of wide mats that allow people to scrape each foot on them before entering.
  • “Make sure each entry mat isn’t too thick for the door it lies near.” If it is, the door won’t glide over the mat and open completely. Instead, it will catch on the mat, thus reducing the entry space and rendering the mat useless for its purpose.
  • “Place one floor mat outside the door and another one inside the door.” This will ensure that all soils, water, and particulates are left on the mats and not tracked onto your floor by your guests. Two mats are better than one, and can provide maximum protection for home or business floors.

  • “Make sure your interior mat is skid-resistant and absorbent.” Since your interior floor is probably tile or carpet, some mats can slide along those surfaces and create a slip-and-fall hazard. So look for a mat that resists slippage when stepping on it. In addition, the interior mat should be thirsty enough to absorb liquid not only from shoes, but also coats, jackets, and umbrellas.
  • “Make sure your exterior mat has a textured surface and can perform in all weather conditions.” In other words, don’t send an interior mat to do an exterior mat’s job. The mat outside your door should be textured enough to scrape debris off of footwear, and hearty enough to stand up to heat, cold, rain, snow, and ice.
  • “Don’t ignore aesthetics with your mats.” Ideally, your interior mat should match the decor or color scheme of the room in which it sits. And your exterior mat should be attractive enough to create a positive first impression of your home or business. (Small business owners may want to consider a logo mat for this purpose.)
  • “Vacuum and clean your mats regularly.” Do this about as often as you vacuum or clean your floors. After all, you don’t want people tracking in dirt and wetness from your mats onto your floors.

Ultimate Mats has a wide selection of entry mats for all types of home and business applications. All of them are certified to be slip-resistant, and they’re capable of scraping dirt and trapping moisture much better than an off-the-shelf mat from a big box retailer. So check out Ultimate Mats today to see about getting a new floor mat that suits your needs and budget. Bob Vila would approve.

Image credits: Flickr, Ultimate Mats (x2).

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