Doormats aren’t just meant to welcome your guests, or convey witty one-liners. They serve a very important purpose of allowing people to wipe dirt off their shoes before they enter your home.
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Which is why, it is important to make sure that you follow a regular cleaning routine with them, to ensure that they continue to stop dirt and germs at your door and don’t allow them inside. In fact, experts believe that regular cleaning can get them to last for up to 6 years. Let’s have a quick look at a couple of ways to keep your doormat clean!
- A Vacuum cleaner
- Antibacterial Liquid Detergent
- A Bucket
- A Hard Scrubbing Brush
Removing Dust From The Mat
Pick the dirty doormat up and give it a good shake outdoors. You can even beat it against a wall to dislodge any stubborn dirt that’s stuck on it. Next, vacuum the doormat to remove finer dirt that the shaking and beating couldn’t remove. If you aren’t planning on washing your mat, you will need to follow this cleaning process on a weekly basis, to keep your mat clean and stain-free.
Washing The Doormat
Mix a teaspoonful of antibacterial soap to a bucket of water and make suds. Dip the scrubbing brush into the soap solution and start scrubbing the doormat using circular movements before rinsing it with clean water. If the mat is badly stained, you can let the water sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it out. Finally, hang it flat to dry.
A Few Handy Tips
Don’t forget to clean the floor where the doormat was resting, to make sure it is clean and doesn’t transfer the dirt and germs back onto your cleaned mat. If you aren’t going to wash the mat and plan to vacuum it clean, don’t forget to spray some disinfectant on it, to get rid of the germs that the mat might be carrying.