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Monthly Archives: April 2018

  • The Original Eco Doormat Video

    Our handmade traditional coir mats are the original plastic free Eco Doormat.

    In a world where progress marches ever on wards, sometimes it’s worth stopping for a moment to consider how things used to be done and see whether there’s something to be learnt from the time honoured methods of the past.

    Take doormats for example. For generations these were simply made from coir (another name for coconut fibre), they were woven by hand or on a basic machine and then skilfully stitched to the correct size.

    Coir Doormats made from coconuts Coir Doormats are made from coconut fibre

    How we make our Eco Doormat.

    Take a look at our video to see how we still do it.

    See more of our videos on our You Tube Channel.

    In the past.

    As coir is a totally natural material, from the outer husks of coconut shells, it is biodegradable. In the past, people would use their doormats until they wore out. Then they could be thrown onto the compost heap where they would break down to nourish the garden leaving no waste behind. The perfect eco doormat solution.

    coconut fibre is woven to make matting The coconut fibre is made into rolls of matting

    Today.

    These days doormats have moved on and now come in many different types and materials including photo personalised mats, cut to size coir matting off the roll and washable synthetic doormats too.

    All of these products have a lot to recommend them, they are highly practical and long lasting. However, as we all become more conscious of our impact on the world around us, perhaps it’s worth revisiting the methods of days gone by. If an eco doormat is your aim then go for a traditional coir doormat that’s totally plastic free.

    Hand Stitched Traditional Doormat Our traditional mats are still stitched by hand in the way they have been made for generations

    The Environment.

    Who could fail to be dismayed at the state of plastic pollution in the oceans as revealed in the recent Blue Planet TV series? It’s unlikely that old doormats would make it as far as the sea. However, there’s currently no way to recycle the ones that contain plastic, so they will ultimately go to landfill. The natural elements will break down but the plastic will remain for a very long time.

    How can we help?

    One of the best ways we can all protect the environment, is to consume less. Buy good quality products that will really last to minimise your impact. When is comes to doormats, yes you might be able to buy something very cheap and intend to replace it as soon as it wears out. But where will it go when you throw it away?

    Quality that lasts.

    At makeanentrance.com we focus on quality that lasts. With washable doormats that come up good-as-new, time after time. Or with the highest grade PVC backed matting that it's possible to buy. Yes these do contain plastic, but they will last many times longer than cheaper alternatives.

    Best of all, we are one of the only places in the UK that still makes traditional hand stitched 100% coir doormats in the way they have always been.  From our roots as a workshop for blind craftsmen over 30 years ago, we have maintained these traditional skills.

    Our customers who buy our hand stitched mats love them for their classic look and their longevity. We have even spoken to customers who claim to have been using the same traditional mat for 20 years or more!

    The Original Eco Doormat Made from 100% coir our traditional mats are plastic free and totally biodegradable

    Our range is second to none.

    We have off the shelf 100% coir doormats in a range of sizes, thicknesses and qualities. But for something really special we offer a bespoke service where we make the mat to the size and shape you need. All stitched by hand in the UK, they way we always have.

    Every little bit helps when thinking about our impact on the world around us. Take your own coffee cup, refuse a plastic straw, buy a long lasting coir doormat.

    Get in touch.

    If you need any advice, we’re here to help Monday to Friday 9 to 5 on 020 8819 5869 or email us with what you need and we'll send you a quote.

  • Spring Cleaning Top Tips

    Now the sun is finally making an appearance, it’s the perfect opportunity for blitzing your home to make time for enjoying warmer days outdoors. Our Spring Cleaning Top Tips are a great place to start. Traditionally, Spring is the time of year when windows and doors can be opened without a chill to let in lovely fresh air. Dust that has built up from spending lots of time indoors during Winter can be swept away. Spring signals new beginnings, so time to get rid of unwanted clutter and worn out household items. Whilst it may sound overwhelming, breaking the task into smaller chunks can be really useful. Take a look at our Spring Cleaning Top Tips for inspiration:

    Spring Cleaning Top Tips

     

    1. Make a List

    Organise your cleaning schedule, either room by room or by what job needs doing the most. This will keep you focused on the task, and you can tick off our Spring Cleaning Top Tips as you go, which boosts a sense of achievement!

     

    2. Work from Top to Bottom

    If you are tackling a room at a time, it is good to start from the ceiling and work down, leaving floors until last. That way the dust and debris will fall downwards, therefore avoiding having to reclean. You can sweep away any settled dust when you get round to your floors.

    Spring Cleaning Top Tips Start with a list, and your ceiling

    3. De-clutter

    Tidy home, tidy mind! It’s widely recognised that a disorganised home can increase stress levels. Throw away or donate unwanted trinkets, ornaments, clothes, shoes, furniture, kitchenware, pretty much anything you don’t need. Organise your drawers, wardrobes and cupboards so as you can find the things you’ve forgotten you own!

     

    4. Walls, Windows and Doors

    These areas are often forgotten during a routine clean, but in our Spring Cleaning Top Tips they are vital! All of these places can be a haven for dust, cobwebs, grease and grime. Wiping walls and doors with a damp soapy cloth makes a big difference, removing finger prints and dirty marks. Winter weather can take its toll on windows and sills, washing both outside and inside will leave them extra sparkling.

     

    Spring Cleaning Top Tips Bag up your unwanted bits and pay attention to your windows and doors

    5. Don’t forget your Entrance

    The first impression of your home is your entrance way, so it needs some attention. Retire your old doormat that has worked hard all winter and needs a rest! A Personalised Doormat, not only functional, adds a decorative touch. If there is still life left in your doormat, give it a good clean. Shake, vacuum or brush your coir doormat to remove dust and grit. Our Carpet/Textile mats can easily be washed and dried in a machine to make them as good as new.

    Watch our handy video to find out how.

    Spring Cleaning Top Tips Replace your tired doormat with a shiny new one. It will protect your floors no end

     

    In Need Of A New Doormat?

    To help with your Spring Cleaning, we want you to #ShowUsYourMat. The mat that is most in need wins a FREE replacement! Tag us in your mat photo on Facebook or Twitter, or email us at help@makeanentrance.com

  • How to Make a Matwell

    It’s officially Spring, so officially DIY season. Hence we thought it’s a good time to explore one of the most commonly asked questions by our customers – How to Make a Matwell?

     

    What is a Matwell?

    Quite simply, it is a hole (or recess, to be more technical!) in your flooring around your external door, in which matting is fitted as an integral door mat. Ideally, the matting should be flush with the surrounding flooring to create an even, continuous surface.

     

    What are the Pros?

    1. A doormat that does not move – hurray!
    2. You can create a size of doormat (and matwell) to suit your space. We would recommend going a big as possible to allow visitors to take a few good steps onto the mat. Our Made to Measure range is the perfect choice for matwells, with a wide choice of thicknesses to match the depth of your matwell.
    3. A neat and contemporary entrance area that is easy to maintain. Particularly with our Synthetic Coir range, you can vacuum the doormat at the same time as the surrounding flooring – no more struggling to lift your hoover up onto the doormat.

     

    What about the Cons?

    1. If you want to remove a fitted mat to shake it outside, this is a little trickier. For this reason, we do not recommend using strong adhesive to fix the mat to the floor. A good quality double sided tape should be fine to keep the mat in place.
    2. How to make a matwell in existing flooring does take more planning. It is definitely easier to leave a hole when new flooring is being laid, rather than making a hole in flooring that is already fitted around the door. That said, it is not impossible. With the right tools, such as an angle grinder for hard flooring or a very sharp Stanley knife and straight edge for a carpet, a hole can be made in existing floor for the matting to be installed into.

     

    Do I need a frame or trims?

    This question is popular when customers ask us how to make a matwell. Our answer is usually that it is personal preference. You may want to source a matwell frame or flooring trims to help finish off your matwell, but this is not essential. Sometimes it is worthwhile seeing what the mat itself looks like in situ before making this decision.

     

    How to Make a Matwell

    Ready for some matting to go into your Matwell? Check out our handy Infographic on Matwell Mats for a step by step ordering guide.

    How to Make a Matwell 5 Easy Steps to your Mat Well Mat

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