Bob Vila Radio: Doormats

To protect your floors and home from dirt, rain, and other debris, turn to the humble doormat as your first line of defense.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, it can feel like the whole world is beating a path to your door, bearing gifts, desserts, and… dirt. A good doormat is your first line of defense for stopping that dirt at the door.

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For maximum protection, put one mat outside and another immediately inside every entrance to your house. Both should be at least 80 percent of the width of the door and deep enough so that visitors can step on each mat twice as they enter. The outdoor mat should be made of an all-weather material and have a textured surface, so visitors can scrape debris off their shoes. Don’t ignore aesthetics—your doormat is one of the first things your guests encounter. Make it welcoming.

Your indoor mat should be skid-resistant and have enough texture to catch dirt, but mostly it should be absorbent—this is, after all, where your guests hand over coats and dripping umbrellas. Before you start using a new mat, make sure it isn’t so thick that it interferes with the door. And vacuum your indoor mat regularly. You don’t want people tracking in dirt they pick up from your mat!

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