How we pick our products
Whether in front of or behind the front door – doormats not only welcome you, but also ensure a neat entrance area. Whether classic, funny or personalised – there is a doormat for everyone. With our large doormat guide, we want to help you find the right doormat for your home.
We have compared different types of mats and listed their advantages and disadvantages. In addition, we provide you with many useful facts on the topic of doormats. Have fun reading!
- 1 Summary
- 2 The Best Doormat: Our Picks
- 3 Doormat: buying and evaluation criteria
- 4 Doormat: Frequently asked questions and answers
- 4.1 What is a doormat?
- 4.2 What types of floor mats are there?
- 4.3 What are doormats used for?
- 4.4 How much does a doormat cost?
- 4.5 What are the alternatives to a conventional floor mat?
- 4.6 Which doormat is suitable for winter?
- 4.7 How do I clean floor mats?
- 4.8 How do I care for a doormat properly?
- 4.9 Where can I dispose of doormats?
- 5 Conclusion
- Doormats are suitable for indoors or outdoors, but care must be taken to choose the right material. Outdoor mats are usually more robust, more resistant and can withstand a downpour.
- Indoor doormats can be suitable for different rooms. For the hallway, the bathroom or the toilet. There are different types of mats for each area of use.
- Your car is also well taken care of! Car floor mats help keep your vehicle clean and free of dirt.
The Best Doormat: Our Picks
In the next sections we have listed the most popular doormats for you. From coir and cotton doormats to metal and rubber doormats, you’ll find it all!
Doormat: buying and evaluation criteria
Floor mats come in all shapes, materials and price ranges. To help you find your way through this multitude of products and choose the right model for you, we have listed the most important buying criteria.
Detailed information on each point and what you should pay particular attention to can be found in the following paragraphs.
Depending on whether they are for indoors or outdoors, for vehicles or for the home, floor mats are available in many different materials. Each material comes with its advantages and disadvantages and is more suitable for a particular area.
The most common materials are coir, cotton, polyester, microfibre, metal and rubber. For outdoor use, very sturdy and weather-resistant materials are used, while soft doormats are popular for indoor use.
Size and shape
The size and shape of a doormat can vary depending on the area of use. Doormats for hallways or in front of the front door usually have a size of 40×60 or 50×80 cm. However, there are also much larger models which are often used in public buildings, for example.
As a rule, doormats are available in rectangular format. But especially mats for the toilet or bathroom come in different shapes. For example, they are available as semicircles or specially cut for the WC. Circular doormats are also available on the market.
Doormats for the entrance area are also available in rectangular or semicircular shapes. This means they fit perfectly on the doorstep and make for a stylish entrance area.
Area of application
Doormats are very versatile in their application. They can be used indoors as well as outdoors. Doormats for outdoor use usually have to be somewhat more resistant. They are often made of metal or rubber.
For example, they can be found after a garden gate, in front of the front door or in the garden under the outdoor shower. When camping, doormats are very popular to trap dirt and dust in front of the caravan.
Doormats are also a much-used product indoors.
Right after the front door and in the hallway, doormats help to trap fine street dust. In the bathroom or toilet, on the other hand, they are used as a soft surface to absorb moisture. However, doormats are also used in vehicles.
For the interior of the car, mats made of rubber with a non-slip base are usually used. Here, however, it is particularly important to pay attention to the dimensions so that the doormat really fits your type of vehicle.
Colour and design
As well as size and material, colour and design also vary between the individual doormat models. Floor mats for outdoor use usually come in a rather plain design. Floor mats made of metal or rubber come in shades of black, grey and brown.
Cotton or microfibre doormats for bathrooms or toilets also come in mostly plain, single-colour designs.Doormats made of coconut are usually available in light beige or brown tones, but can be printed with brightly coloured elements and sayings.
When it comes to more personalised doormats, polyester mats are ahead. This material can be printed very well and easily, which is why there are countless design possibilities here in particular. With a slogan, picture or pattern – there are no limits to your creativity!
Slip resistance is a very important criterion for all doormats. Nobody wants the mat to slip in all directions when wiping their feet! That is why almost all mats have a non-slip rubber base.
Either the entire underside is covered with a rubber layer or there are small rubber nubs under the mat. A slippery doormat is not only annoying, but can also be dangerous.
You may trip or fall if the doormat does not stick properly to the floor. Therefore, when buying, make sure that your doormat is non-slip!
Not every doormat can absorb or keep out moisture equally well. While rubber simply repels water, microfibre and cotton mats can absorb moisture very well. That’s why these mats are also popular for places like bathrooms and toilets.
With rubber and metal doormats for outside use, for example, you can make sure that there is a base of earth or gravel underneath.This way, when it rains, the water can simply seep through the mat into the ground.
In front of your front door and indoors, you should use mats made of polyester or cotton. These materials can usually absorb moisture quite well.
Doormat: Frequently asked questions and answers
As you now know, there are many different doormats. They differ in size, material, shape and colour as well as in their area of application. To help you choose the right doormat for you, we have listed all the important questions and answers about doormats in the following paragraphs. We have covered every topic, from purchase to disposal.
What is a doormat?
However, doormats also find their use in other areas. For example, mats made of microfibre or cotton are used in the bathroom. There, they not only provide more comfort, but also more safety.
What types of floor mats are there?
|Type of mat||Properties||Area of application|
|Coir doormat||Natural fibre, very good for fine dirt, does not provide a breeding ground for bacteria, not suitable for coarse dirt||Indoor or covered terraces|
|Cotton doormat||Natural fibre, absorbs moisture well||Indoor, conservatory|
|Polyester doormat||Water-repellent, keeps away fine dirt in particular||Indoor and outdoor|
|Microfibre doormat||Absorbs liquid very well, very pleasant feeling, not suitable for coarse dirt||indoors, bathroom or WC|
|Rubber doormat||Robust, water-repellent, suitable for coarse dirt, the surface can become somewhat slippery when wet||outdoors, garden, vehicle interiors|
|Metal doormat||In combination with coarse fibre slats, suitable for very coarse dirt, very robust||outdoors, garden|
What are doormats used for?
Softer doormats made of cotton or polyester can also be used in the kitchen or other rooms. They help protect the floor and provide a soft surface for your feet.
Microfibre floor mats are popular in bathrooms and toilets. They protect your feet from the cold tiled floor and help to collect the water after a shower or bath. This not only makes your bathroom more comfortable, but also safer, as the risk of slipping is significantly reduced.
How much does a doormat cost?
|Floor mat made of coconut||approx. 12-30 €|
|Floor mat made of cotton||approx. 10-50 €|
|Floor mat made of polyester||approx. 20-60 €|
|Floor mat made of microfibre||approx. 17-35 €|
|Floor mat made of rubber for cars||approx. 25-150 €|
|Floor mat made of metal||approx. 30-50 €|
You can buy standard doormats for indoor and outdoor use at very low prices. The higher the quality of the material and the design, the more expensive the mats become. Especially floor mats for your car can be very expensive, especially if they have to match your car type exactly.
What are the alternatives to a conventional floor mat?
|Doormat made of metal||Mat for indoor use||Metal-brush combination, absorbs fine dirt and moisture|
|Rough fibre mat||Suitable for indoor use or covered entrances||Very good absorption of moisture and any shoe sole dirt|
|Rubber honeycomb mat||Mat for outdoor use||Anti-slip, impact-absorbing, ideally suited for heavy snow or moisture|
Floor mats embedded in the floor are considerably more expensive to buy, but their life span is also enormously long. These mats convince through quality, functionality and appearance!
Which doormat is suitable for winter?
They can withstand a lot and handle wetness well. If you want to be on the safe side, you should get a model made of metal or aluminium with additional coarse fibre slats. This mat is sure to keep any dirt out of your hallway!
How do I clean floor mats?
How do I get chewing gum out of a doormat?
Removing chewing gum from doormats is easier than you think! Whether it’s the doormat in your car or in the hallway, the steps are the same. Put your doormat in a plastic bag and then in the freezer.
Leave your doormat there for several hours until the gum is completely frozen. Finally, you can simply knock the gum off with a hammer.
If you can’t or don’t want to use a freezer, you can simply use an ice spray. Simply spray the spray on the stuck area of the doormat until everything is frozen through. Now the chewing gum can also be knocked off with a hammer.
How do I get cat/dog hair out of the doormat?
Once cats or dogs have spent the night on the doormat, there is a rude awakening the next morning: It’s full of hair! But don’t worry. The best way to remove cat or dog hair from doormats is with a hoover.
For best results, you can use a special hoover against pet hair for carpets and doormats. If the hoover does not work well, you can try to get the hair out of your doormat with a lint roller. You can also put the mat in the washing machine if it is suitable.
How do I care for a doormat properly?
It is often sufficient to vacuum or sweep such mats or to spray them with a water jet or high-pressure cleaner. For very stubborn dirt, the mat can also be scrubbed with water and soap or washing-up liquid. A conventional brush can be used for this purpose.
Doormats made of coconut should not be completely soaked. Therefore, they are only vacuumed or brushed off. Mats made of cotton or microfibre are also vacuumed or brushed off and, if possible, washed in the washing machine.
When cleaning, be sure to follow the care instructions for the respective doormat!
For a washing cycle in the machine, the coarse dirt should be removed first. Then the mat can be washed with a gentle detergent at a low temperature. After washing, you can simply leave the mat to air dry. For very stubborn stains, you can also use a special carpet foam and then wash the mat by hand or machine.
Where can I dispose of doormats?
The range of uses for doormats is almost endless. They serve as dust and dirt traps, protect your feet from the cold floor or simply serve as a decorative element in your home or garden. A doormat is also a must for camping holidays and in the car!
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