It's a door mat's job to get dirty as it protects your house from the outside world. However, by making your entrance mats look brand new, you can ensure that the entrance to your house looks inviting at all times! Maintaining their longevity can also ensure they last in the years to come. In this blog, we'll take a look at different ways you can clean the various types of door mat in your home!

Why Is It Important To Clean Door Mats?

Door mats are an important part of any home, not only because they provide a welcome for visitors but also because they help keep dirt and loose debris from entering your house. Cleaning your door mat regularly will remove any dirt, dust, or other particles that can be tracked in from outside. This can help reduce allergens in the air indoors and prevent dirt and dust from building up. Additionally, it can help extend the life of your doormat, keeping it looking its best for longer.

What Type of Mats Do You Sell?

Here at Make an Entrance, we're proud to sell a range of high-quality doormats. Let's take a look at a few of them:

Coir Door Mats:

Most indoor and outdoor mats are made from coir matting, a type of coconut husk with long, brown fibres. These fibres are water-absorbent and help to protect your home from moisture. As well as this, they're incredibly durable, so they're perfect for dislodging all the dirt off your shoes.

Synthetic Door Mats:

Our brand-new range of synthetic coir matting is versatile, hard-wearing and brilliant at removing dirt from shoes. Whether you're looking for outdoor door mats, or ones for inside, these synthetic ones are equally as effective in both scenarios. Hose, scrub, and put detergent on it; this matting can endure all cleaning methods! On top of all this, you can personalise your mat using one of our contemporary designs.

Washable Mats:

Our range of washable mats includes various designs such as logos, colours and more! These mats are incredibly versatile and are easy to clean if they get dirty. Simply pop them in the wash, and you'll have a new mat in no time! As well as this, they're best used in conjunction with an outdoor scraper mat to dislodge dirt.

The Cleaning Process:

Every doormat is unique and requires a different cleaning process. Depending on the type of doormat you have, the instructions for cleaning may vary slightly. Let's take a look at some top tips for cleaning different types of mats:

Coir Mat Cleaning:

Here are some of our top tips for cleaning coir matting:

Dislodge Dirt:

The most effective way to get rid of loose dirt is to turn the mat upside down and shake it to remove debris that may be stuck. Then you can use a vacuum cleaner to remove whatever has come out on the floor afterwards. Do not vacuum the mat directly, as this can damage the husks.


Due to its water-absorbant nature, it is not recommended that you saturate coir mats. Instead, you should wait for the mud to dry completely. Once it has dried, you can scrub it with a stiff brush, which will help brush the mud away and eliminate stains on the coconut husks. Be sure not to do this when the mat is wet, as this can worsen the stain.


Don't use harsh chemicals such as white spirit, or turpentine, as these will cause the backing of the mat to expand, potentially causing pile loss in the process. Instead, stick to a simple cleaning method of a dry scrub brush, and scrub gently!

For more information, please look at our Care and Maintenance Guide.

Wait for the dirt to completely dry, then simply brush the dried mud away

Synthetic Mat Cleaning:

Here are some of our top tips on cleaning synthetic coir door mats:

Machine Washable:

Save time and pop your doormat in the washing machine! Pop it in with a non-biological laundry detergent with no brightening agents, as things like fabric conditioner can potentially damage the mat. Once it has been machine washed, you can even put it through the tumble dryer on a short cycle, which will help remove any excess water.


As mentioned before, synthetic coir is incredibly durable, so you can even use a garden hose or pressure washer to rinse it off!

For more information, take a look at our synthetic coir matting cleaning guide:

The All Weather Personalised Doormat is one of those great outdoor mats that are tough and durable.

Washable Mat Cleaning:

Let's take a look at how to clean this type of mat effectively:

Vacuum Clean:

Simply use your vacuum cleaner to remove dirt from the mat's surface. This will ensure it doesn't build up over time.

Spot Clean:

If you notice a small stain, but the mat doesn't require a full wash, then you can remove this with a quick spot clean! Simply get some water and apply it to the area, and scrub. Be sure not to use harsh chemicals as this can damage the mat,

Machine Washable:

If your mat requires a full wash, simply pop it in the washing machine on a 30-degree cycle, or clean it with a carpet cleaner.

We hope that this has been helpful and has given you a few ideas about how to clean your doormat. If you have more questions about cleaning your door mats, please contact our expert customer service team today!

PersonalisationLogo Mats & Matting Care & Maintenance

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 How To Clean Door Mats FAQs:

Here are a few of the most common questions we get asked about cleaning door mats, along with our answers.

Can You Wash a Front Door Mat?

Yes! however, it does depend on the material. If you have a coir mat, it can be helpful to to scrub it gently, being careful not to oversaturate it as it is water-absorbent. However, if you don't have a coir mat, which is synthetic, then using a solution of dish soap and water will be a great way to dislodge pesky stains. Use a scrub brush and leave the solution on the mat for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing off.

How Do You Clean An Exterior Door Mat?

Again, it depends on the material of your door mat. But, if you want to get rid of stains on a general outside door mat, add some baking soda and then let it sit for ten minutes before using a scrub brush to rub it in. For outdoor doormats, baking soda can help remove any odours and stains. It is essential to check with the manufacturer before applying harsh chemicals such as carpet cleaner or white spirit.

Can You Put Door Mats In The Washing Machine?

Yes! Synthetic coir door mats can be put in washing machines, but it is important to check the temperature they should be washed at. Additionally, they should be washed with a non-biological laundry detergent with no brightening agents, as things like fabric conditioner can potentially damage the mat.

What Is The Easiest Way To Clean A Mat?

The easiest way to give your door mat a quick clean would be brush off the dirt. We'd reccomend waiting until your mat is dry, then getting a stiff brush (or vaccum) and brushing away the dirt. In doing so, you are removing the excess whilst also being gentle on the material. Keeping dirt off of your mat doesn't have to be hard, you can simply shake your mat outside to see a difference!