Door Mat Review
Once overlooked as a necessary evil to combat offending water and dirt
the door mat is having a renaissance.
Coming in a variety of shapes, like half-circle and rectangle, the doormat
can do a lot more than simply remove dirt and grime from your shoes. Consider
the door mat also as a tiny decorative-zone that provides transition
between spaces like the one from your front porch into your home. With
many types to choose from, these functional place-mats require careful
review before buying. Here's what's available.
Personalized, Coir, Rubber and more...
Priced: From $9.99
Review Latest Trends 2010
In 2003, the marketing director of Capel, a rug manufacturing company
said: "Door mats are the t-shirt of the house." In 20109, this
couldn't be farther from the truth! Here are some ways to go...
If keeping up with the Joneses isn't good enough and you want to take
the lead consider moving away from your drab door mat and going with one
that is personalized. These mats are popular and offer a welcoming entry.
You can select from any one of the door mat materials below, except for
the heated mat, and have them personalized with your last name or monogrammed
with family initials. For intricate scrollwork patterns and designs consider
cast iron, aluminum or rubber-made door mats. These make quite a statement
and can be personalized, too. For a sophisticated look, half circle coco
door mats with patterns like picture-frame border offer simple statement.
Fun Door Mats:
If your dog or cat rules the house more than you do, consider one of
the comical door mats that show your visitors who is boss. Breed specific
door mats with comedy-central-like sayings are popular and entertaining.
Likewise, if sports rule your house, a team logo door mat says it all!
Most popular in high traffic areas where toughness and durability is essential
is the coco coir mat. These mats are generally made with short fibers
that are thick, quick-drying and weather-resistant. Also, coco choir is
naturally resistant to sea water, rain and is capable of absorbing water
Electrical Coils in Rubber:
Don't hurt your back shoveling heavy snow because this newly invented
door mat kind-of does it for you. Made by a company called Heat Trak,
this residential mat plugs into an outdoor outlet and heats to 50 degrees
above the ambient temperature to melt 2-inches of snow per hour. Runner
Carpets are also available serving the same purpose.
This fiber dries quickly which prevents it from rotting or fading. Weaves
vary from rugged looking cordage to densely needle punched carpets. To
clean: vacuum, sweep or spray with hose and dry flat.
Providing a nice non-skid surface these mats are sometimes made from recycled
tires or heavy duty rubber. Other benefits? They resist cracking when
it's freezing, buckling when it's hot and humid as well as resist mildew
and fading. Another plus is that the intricate patterns, like the wrought
iron scrollwork often decorated into heavy duty rubber mats trap dirt
A metal door mat, really? Yes, these rust-free cast metal door mats look
nice sitting upon a brick doorway entrance and are impervious to weather.
Offers a similar, decorative, scroll-like designs as with Aluminum and
Rubber. Cast iron door mats are heavy duty, long lasting, and are useful
on a wood deck, especially if you are concerned with rot.
Low Profile Mats:
These mats are called low profile because their ultra-slim design will
not interfere with the opening and closing of your door. Often made with
polypropylene fiber and rubber slip-backings, these inside mats help to
scrape dirt, mud and sand from shoes.
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