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Matting Care & Maintenance

  • Doormat Tray and Inserts - NEW

    Doormat Tray and Inserts - New Eco Friendly Door Mats now in stock.

    Refresh, don’t replace with our NEW rubber doormat tray and inserts. Simply replace the coir inserts.

    Doormat Tray and Inserts - Eco Friendly Doormat Doormat Tray and Inserts - Eco Friendly Doormat

    We all want our homes to look clean and tidy, but even the most robust of mats will start to show signs of wear when exposed to the great British Weather.

    Our new Rubber Doormat Tray and inserts provide the perfect solution. The rubber mat will stay looking good as new for years, simply replace the coir insert whenever it looks dirty or worn.

    They are inexpensive and we even offer a multi-pack with one free. Keep some in stock ready to give your doormat a refresh whenever required.

    Door Mat Inserts - Multipack £10 Door Mat Inserts - Multipack £10


    Make An Entrance is a family run company and we pride ourselves on offering excellent customer service, getting the job done right first time. If you have any questions or would like to place an order by phone, we're here Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm to take your call on 020 8819 5869.

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  • What is the difference between portrait and landscape?

    Will my mat be made Portrait or Landscape?

    Landscape or Portrait refers to the the orientation of the mat. A standard doormat shape is a landscape  orientation, where the distance from right to left across the doorway is the longest edge.

    Of course, if your mat is plain, it doesn't matter! You can simply turn your mat to your desired orientation.

    However, when you have lettering or numbering, it is important we know which orientation you would like.

    Landscape Orientation

    Landscape Orientation Mat A standard doormat is usually used in a landscape orientation

    ‘Landscape’ is the most common orientation for a doormat, with the longest dimension going across the doorway. We make our doormats in this way as standard.

    Portrait Orientation

    Portrait Orientation Mat Turning the mat to a portrait orientation and ordering a larger size can help encourage people to wipe their feet, keeping your floors cleaner for longer.

    However, you may be looking for a ‘runner’ style mat, in which case ‘Portrait’ orientation is best.  This is a really good way to give to ensure that people who forget to wipe their feet still get their shoes well cleaned before they reach your floor coverings as they have had to take two or three steps across the mat.

    Some of our Personalised products have an option to choose the orientation, for these products we always use the orientation you have selected rather than the width and length dimensions to determine the location of the printing.

    Take a look at our range of Personalised Doormats that are all custom made to order. We can make them in a landscape or portrait orientation depending on your needs.

    See how Wikipedia explains Landscape and Portrait.

    Tell us what you'd like and we'll make it that way.

    All our mats are created ‘Landscape’, unless we are advised otherwise. If you would like the mat ‘Portrait’, then please write these instructions in the notes at checkout, or contact us.

    Take a look at our range

  • Home and Garden DIY

    The darling buds of May are finally starting to bloom. Now is the perfect opportunity for some Spring home and garden DIY. With this week being National Gardening Week as well as the lead up to May Day Bank Holiday, home and garden DIY is likely to be on many people’s agendas.

    Top Jobs: Home and Garden DIY


    In the Garden…

    The sunshine and showers of recent days means that lawns and borders are likely to be in need of some attention. Time to mow and trim back edges, as well as rid borders of rapidly growing weeds before they become established. It's also a good time to prune spring flowering shrubs once the flowers have finished.

    Planting summer bedding plants in borders and tubs is an important job for early May. Fingers crossed we have now seen the back of snow and frost for the foreseeable months!

    Sweeping patios and paths free of winter debris and giving them a good hose down is also a good idea in preparation for summer BBQs and garden parties (and warmer weather!).

    Home and Garden DIY - Patio Its time to tidy your patio...

    If you’re having visitors over to your garden, it’s well worth thinking about the presentation of your patio area. Particularly if your visitors will be venturing between your house and garden.

    Personalised Outdoor Prosecco Mat A great DIY doormat to kick off your party season



    Our Personalised Prosecco Doormat is a great all rounder for withstanding the elements, protecting your floors inside and welcoming your guests.

    You might be thinking about those four-legged visitors and members of your family making more use of the garden, popping outside to stretch out in the sun. Our Personalised Outdoor Mat can be printed with a message as a reminder to wipe their paws, again protecting your floors from muddy prints.

    Outdoor Personalised Pet Doormat A subtle reminder for your four-legged friend









    In the Home…

    A makeover for your walls and floors is a must in Spring. This introduces fresh colours and surfaces to your home. ome DIY Decorating WallsCheck out Wikihow's guide on how to best go about painting your walls. One or two new pieces of furniture can also revamp a room and help with decluttering your space.

    New flooring around your entrance way gives the perfect opportunity to create a matwell recess, where you can fit a doormat that is integral to the flooring. There are lots of benefits to this, not least that your entrance will look neat and contemporary. Check out our earlier blog How to Make a Matwell for more tips.

    Home and Garden DIY Matwell Recess Mat A neat and tidy matwell recess is a great DIY addition to your home

  • 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

  • Washable Door Mats and Runners

    Since the snow has now melted, if salty wet footprints are messing up your floors our washable door mats and runners are the perfect solution.

    Our Washable Door Mats and Runners are:

    • 1 - Large enough to be a place to stand while you remove your winter boots
    • 2 - Thin enough to go under almost any door
    • 3 - Fully machine washable to stay looking pristine


    Washable Door Mats and Runners Perfect to combat wet and salty wintertime foot prints, our washable door mats come in 100+ colours

    Standard Sizes

    Our washable door mats and runners come in a range of styles.

    Our off- the-shelf, super-absorbent cotton blend mats are available in 5 colours; Granite, Charcoal, Bronze, Black, Beige and Chocolate Brown.

    They range in size from the petite 60 x 40cm to a whopping 150 x 90cm; ideal to almost fill a porch or boot room.

    They are also available as a runner size too at 180cm x 60cm.

    Custom Made

    If you have a very specific size in mind or would like a greater choice of colours; our made to measure washable door mats and runners would be the ideal choice.

    Our colour chart offers 72 colours in this product and pretty much any size you like. Simply choose your customisation with us online and your mat with be delivered to you by courier in around 2 weeks.

    Easy to Clean

    Our washable mats will absorb a lot and keep their good looks for a long time. If they do start to look a little tired simply pop them in the washing machine and wash at 30 degrees. If you have chosen a very large size you might have to use a carpet shampoo machine but these give excellent results too.

    Although they are excellent at absorbing moisture, so they are ideal for this time of year our washable mats are useful all year round. They feel soft and welcoming underfoot when you remove your shoes and don’t shed any fibres either.

    Order yours now so that next time the weather strikes your mat will be ready to save your floors from those pesky salty footprints.

    Explore our range...

  • How to Clean Door Mats

    It’s a door mat’s job to get dirty, loyally protecting your floor from mud and debris. In spite of this, it’s not ideal to have a filthy mat greeting visitors to your home or business. Therefore knowing how to clean door mats is important for the appearance of your entrance-way and in maintaining the longevity of your mat.


    Coir Matting

    When it comes to coir matting, check out our Care and Maintenance Guide for our advice on how to clean door mats made from natural coir fibres.

    How to Clean Door MatsOur coir care guide gives some great tips on how to clean coir matting

    Coir is a very popular choice for entrance matting due to its hard wearing properties, although it does have to be treated with a little sensitivity. The natural coconut husk fibres can be damaged by harsh chemicals or forceful scrubbing.

    What if your main priority is having a door mat that can withstand a vigorous clean and is also very durable? We have just the thing...


    Synthetic Coir Scraper Matting

    Our brand new range of synthetic coir scraper matting is versatile, hard wearing and brilliant at removing dirt from shoes. When laying awake at 3:00am, you never need to worry about the burning question of how to clean door mats again! Hose it, scrub it, put detergent on it, this matting can endure the deepest of cleaning. It is also functions equally well indoors and outdoors.

    Personalised Outdoor Mat A stylish house name personalised outdoor synthetic coir scraper mat

    On top of all this, you can choose to personalise your mat using one of our contemporary designs.

    Although care of our synthetic coir scraper matting is very easy, we have produced a care and maintenance guide for if your preference is to launder it in a washing machine. Yes, it's machine washable too! Plus a short cycle in the tumble dryer is absolutely fine for removing excess water.

    Synthetic Coir Scraper Mat Care Guide Everything you need to know about how to clean and care for our synthetic coir scraper matting





    How to Clean Door Mats - Spring Cleaning Offer

    We’re so thrilled about our new collection that we’re offering a 20% discount in preparation for the season of Spring Cleaning. Thinking of sprucing up your entrance hall ready for family visits over Easter (it’s early this year!)? Been searching everywhere for a personalised outdoor mat? Struggling with how to clean door mats? This offer is for you!

    Personalised Prosecco Door Mat An "Of-The-Moment" design in synthetic coir - perfect for outside your front door










    Take advantage of this great offer by simply entering SPRING20 into the Coupon Code box at the checkout page for any of our new Synthetic Coir Scraper Mats.

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