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How to Clean your Door Mat

How to Clean a Door Mat

If you are like most people, you only think about cleaning your door mat about the same time is starts to look dirtier than your street. In other words, rarely.

But with proper cleaning, your door mat will stop more dirt at your doors and last much longer.

Door Mat Cleaning Tips:

If your door mat is made with a nitrile rubber backing (such as those used in commercial mat services) you can toss the mat in the washing machine. Then tumble dry. Use a tiny bit of detergent -- preferably low-sudsing. Then pat yourself on the back for purchasing well!

You can clean mats such as the Waterhog door mats by hosing it off, brushing it with a stiff bristles broom such as one you use in a garage, rinsing it again with a hose then hang it to dry.

If your mat is in really dirty shape, take it to the car wash, and get the power hose and really blast it!

If your door mat is all-rubber, again, just hose it off. You might need to scrub it with a brush to get gunk out of the fingertips or grippers.

Most good quality door mats can be spot cleaned with the same treatments sold for carpets. Test a tiny spot first.

If you get ground-in gum, use a citrus cleaner or "GU Gone." A good supplier is DE Davis and Co. If you get really desperate, give the mat a little "hair cut" and just trim out the gum.

Always vacuum your door mats between cleanings to keep them working well.

If you have a natural coconut shell or coir door mat, I have bad news for you. There is nothing you can do to clean it. These mats get nasty and moldy over time. Replace your coir door mat with a polypropylene or nylon yarn mat with a rubber backing. No mold. No stink.