Doormat- though a little part of your home décor, it plays a big role in keeping your house clean. And there’s no one who can deny it.
But when it comes to buying this tiny thing for the house, people often get confused and end up choosing the wrong type of doormats.
A doormat has multiple purpose of use. So, whenever you are going to choose one for your home, first look whether it stands up to the legal scrutiny. And be specific about it.
Different material, design, and features have their individual role to play for a doormat.
The types of doormats are subcategorized under these three main categories. Here we would be only discussing different materials used for making doormats, and their individual uses.
Polypropylene fibers such as the Premier Plus Tiles and Needlepunch, have become popular for its effective scraping action. Thus this material works great for scraping out the dry dust.
Maybe that’s the reason most zoned areas are covered with long carpets made of polypropylene fiber. Many organizations also use a polypropylene doormat at their entranceway and reception to ensure the maximum floor protection.
Its versatility and durability is another reason why people choose a polypropylene doormat. Besides, it looks quite luxurious when laid on your doorway to welcome your guests. Comparing to other materials, it is more affordable.
Microfiber is usually made from mixing different yarns which are thinner than the human hair. Specifically for doormats, it is mostly a blend of polypropylene and nylon yarns. Microfiber is super absorbent which keeps your entrance or wherever you are placing your doormat dry.
Moreover, it’s scientifically proven that microfibers naturally prevent 98.9% of bacteria. Its smooth texture feels comfortable when you step on it.
Another great thing about the microfiber doormat is that you can easily clean it using a vacuum cleaner.
Nylon is a synthetic fiber. But it is a bit expensive for the doormat. If you want to give it a luxurious touch matching with your house décor, then you can give it a shot as nylon is regarded as the crème de la crème of doormat materials.
Nylon doormats prevent stains and fading like crazy. So, if your doormats are getting dirty and faded often, a nylon doormat is the ultimate option for you.
Some doormats are made of natural rubber or more specifically ‘Nitrile Rubber’ which has some elastic components. So, unlike PVC doormats, these doormats are strong and a lot lesser prone to cracking.
Rubber doormats come in a thousand design varieties unlike other materials with limitations in design. However, rubber mats have non-slip characteristics naturally. So if you are looking for a doormat that sticks to one place on the floor, get a rubber version.
5. Coir Mats.
Coir doormats are one of the most popular doormats. Possibilities are high that you also have one at your home. Most people love coir doormats as these are the best doormats for mud or dirt.
Actually coir is a natural material collected from the coconut shell husks. It is coarse and gives a harsh feel which removes dust, dirt, and mud effectively. It’s also highly absorbent. So, it keeps your entrance dry and clean.
Cotton is a natural fiber. It has so many advantages when used as a doormat material. Cotton doormats are highly absorbent and soak up a lot of moisture in it and it also dries out quickly.
Cotton doormats are great for wet and grease carrying moisture. But it doesn’t work great for dry dust and dirt. That’s why they are more suitable as indoor doormats. Especially for the kitchen entrance, this doormat will work just great.
Wool fiber is popular for its soft feel and warmth. In modern days, wool is being used as a doormat material nowadays. There are many DIY for making doormats with wool available online.
Wool has absorbent qualities, but the main drawback is that it takes a long time for drying. On the other hand, it doesn’t trap the dirt that much as the other materials. So, it is not a great option for outdoor front door mats.
You can use it in your bedroom as it will give that luxurious look with a soft and comfortable texture.
8. Cast Iron.
Well, don’t freak out. No, not the entire doormat can be made of cast iron. Cast Iron or Wrought iron is used for making the frame of the entrance mat, whereas the main doormat is made of other materials like microfiber, coir, polypropylene and etc.
Cast Iron has a remarkable history of using as the doormat frame. An entrance mat with cast iron frame adds elegance to the whole look.
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