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January 10, 2019

Experts' Experts: Doormats

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From the Washington Post:

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Even if you have a no-shoe policy in your house, there will be times when you need to dash inside with your shoes on for one last thing, or times when a handyman or repair person needs to wear work boots indoors.

For these situations — and for shoe-on houses — doormats are essential.

"With a good brush and stomp, doormats can prevent debris, wet snow, and dripping rainwater from entering your home," says Lindsey Handel, a buyer for the garden and home store Terrain in Pennsylvania.

Doormats may help with a comprehensive allergy-fighting plan, too, says Stephen Kimura, a board-certified ­allergist in Pensacola, Fla. "If you're going to wear your shoes in the house, at least wiping them is going to help some. We've got pollen season now year-round, so these measures are important."

The right doormat for your house depends on whether it will be completely exposed or under a ­covered porch.

For exposure, Handel recommends coir; for covered exposure, she says you can go for a less-durable jute-and-coir mix.

The best thickness ­depends on whether the mat is inside or outside.

"It's nice to have a softer and thinner mat inside and a more bristly, durable one outside," says Joy Cho, of California design studio Oh Joy.

January 10, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


Comments

Concur. Indelibly imprinted when I lived in Tokyo 1968-69.

Posted by: bookofjoe | Jan 11, 2019 7:35:25 AM

Shoes in homes is filthy.

Posted by: Fred | Jan 11, 2019 2:43:02 AM

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