How to Clean Dirty Doormats at Home

Doormats not only welcome guests into our home, they supply a place for people that are about to enter to wipe off the dirt off their sneakers. However, if you don’t clean your doormat regularly, you’ll probably end up tracking dirt inside anyway. Shaking and vacuuming the mat will remove most of the dirt, however, to actually get it clean, give it a disinfecting wash with soapy water. Synthetic mats with rubber backing stand as much as a good scrub and frequently come out looking good as new.

Removing Dust

Shake the doormat outside while standing outside. Beating the mat from your sidewalk can help dislodge ground-in dirt.

Vacuum the doormat to get rid of any dirt that didn’t come from shaking. Any kind of vacuum will work, from the shop-vac from the garage into a small handheld selection.

Shake and vacuum the mat weekly to keep it clean and prevent stains from forming.

Hand Washing

Add 1 tsp of antibacterial liquid soap into your bucket of water when you have a synthetic mat. Swish the water to produce suds.

Dip a nylon-bristled scrub brush into the soapy water and bathe the doormat in a circular movement. If the mat is particularly stained, then allow the soap to sit for 10 minutes before rinsing. If working inside, bathe the mat in the bathtub to stop making a mess.

Wash the doormat with a garden hose if working outside or the shower when functioning in the tub. Hang the doormat over a rail or clothesline to dry.

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