1. What Are Outdoor Mats Made Of?
Outdoor mats are generally made out of eco-friendly rubber and coir materials due to their ability to efficiently scrape off dirt and debris from shoes, absorb moisture and have excellent life outdoors. The primary purpose of an external door mat is to prevent the collection of dirt and moisture on the interior floors. The type of rubber most often used is recycled rubber because it gives consumers a great level of durability at lower costs than competing non-recycled rubber materials. Recycled rubber outside door mats are environmentally conscious products, but they also provide a wide range of benefits including enhanced anti-slip traction. Another material commonly used for a boot scraper and dirt trapper mat is coir. Coir is a natural and eco-friendly product that is harvested from the husks of coconuts. This rough and course fiber is best used to scrape off debris and absorb excess moisture clinging onto your shoes. Some outside door mats can combine these two materials for maximum efficiency. Our outside door mats are renowned for their longevity and protective capabilities.
1(a). Benefits of Rubber Outdoor Mats
Rubber door mats give you the benefits of providing a non-slip surface to scrape shoes on and offering an entire selection of mat sizes to choose from. Rubber in particular is impervious to water and, with its naturally high coefficient of friction, is anti-slip even in the presence of moisture. Furthermore, Outdoor rubber doormats are offered with surface patterns that enhance rubber’s natural traction through the raised protrusions of the patterns that act as extra gripping points. Rubber outside door mats are generally used in commercial areas due to the larger sizes they are offered. Customizable rubber outdoor entrance mats are also available with a set width of 36 or 48 inches with a customizable length up to 50 continuous feet. These are ideal for covering outdoor walkways or sidewalks in the areas surrounding an entrance. Molded rubber outside door mats are available in sizes of 24 inches by 32 inches up to 36 inches by 72 inches.
1(b). Benefits of Natural Coir Outdoor Mats
Natural coir outdoor mats can benefit consumers by providing superior moisture absorbing and dirt trapping abilities as well as adding a bit of décor to any entryway. Coir weather mats are most often used at residential entrances due to the style aspect they offer. These natural weather mats are available in two sizes, 18 inches by 30 inches and 24 inches by 57 inches, and are available in both elaborate and minimalistic designs, patterns and script. Despite the style aspect of natural coir mats, coconut coir is a tough, course fiber that is harvested from the husks of coconuts and is often used as outdoor entrance mats due to their ability to be an effective boot scraper and absorb moisture clinging onto shoes. An external door mat that utilizes coir on its surface makes for an ideal boot scraper because coir material is strong enough to efficiently flush out and trap stubborn debris particles stuck in the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies of shoe treads. Moreover, coir provides excellent moisture-absorbing qualities that reduces the chances of moisture creating a hazard on interior floors.
Some coir outside door mats are made with a mixture of both rubber and coir materials. The rubber is made into ornate cast iron designs that are intertwined with the coir fiber to create an aesthetically pleasing and functional external door mat. Also, the rubber extends to cover the backside of the coir mat to prevent moisture from soaking through the mat and pooling underneath it. This further enhances the sturdiness of a dirt trapper mat by providing an anti-slip backing to help scrape your shoes without the worry of the mat slipping or shifting when in use. A coir dirt trapper mat is extremely durable and will be able to withstand the constant foot traffic of being an external door mat or a hallway mat.
How Long Do Outside Mats Last?
Both rubber and natural coir outside mats are designed to last in the outdoors for years without degrading. Most of our rubber outside door mats are made from the recycled rubber variation which derives from discarded vehicle tires. Because of this, rubber outdoor doormats inherit the strength, durability and weather-resistance seen in vehicle tires. Rubber is resistant to the damaging effects of UV rays, ozone and moisture from precipitation. Its moisture-resistance also prohibits the formations of harmful mold and mildew. Furthermore, rubber has a low compression set meaning it will bounce right back to its original form even under constant foot traffic. Natural coir is a naturally durable and weatherproof material that is originally intended to protect the soft meats of coconuts. For instance, coconut coir is naturally resistant to moisture and is durable enough to preserve the fruit even when it has been floating at sea for months. Natural coir outside door mats, like rubber and despite its ability to absorb moisture, will not promote the growth of mold and mildew.
How Do You Clean Outside Door Mats?
Outside door mats are extremely easy to clean using water or common household cleaning appliances. An external door mat generally has a no-adhesive installation process that allows it to be easily transported for cleaning. Rubber mats are durable enough to be hosed down with a hose; however, if the mess on the mat is minor, you may use a dry rag or polyester mop to sweep off loose dirt and debris. A dirt trapper mat made of coir should not be cleaned using water or a hose, but, instead, should be brushed or vacuumed to thoroughly remove all the dirt and debris from within the fibers. You may also pick the mat up and shake it off or beat it to further help remove all the trapped dirt.
Rubber and coir outside door mats provide durable protection against outdoor dirt, debris and moisture. Recycled rubber outside door mats and natural coir weather mats are also eco-conscious products and can help reduce your carbon footprint while saving money. A boot scraper and dirt trapper mat can provide the protection necessary to keep your interior floors safe, clean and accident-free. Furthermore, a natural coir external door mat can offer a stylistic aesthetic to any entryway. Pick up an external door mat to give yourself the best functional and aesthetically pleasing doorstep protection available!