How to Stop a Door Mat from Moving
Is your door mat creeping up on you? Feeling like the rug is being pulled from under you? ... OK, no more bad jokes! But seriously, we realise how annoying it is to have a door mat that just won’t stay put. Not only can it create a trip hazard, the mat becomes less effective at doing its job of protecting the floor. And think of all the time spent in a day straightening and tidying the mat.
Here are a few ideas on how to combat this daily niggle:
1) Double Sided Tape
Economical and straightforward, a good quality double sided tape is often all that is needed to hold a door mat in place, in the short term. The drawback is that you may have to apply fresh tape if you move the mat to shake it outside. Over time, the adhesiveness of the tape is likely to lessen, which again will lead to re-applying the tape. However if you’re happy to keep double sided tape to hand, then this method is a genuine option.
2) Anti Slip Underlay
Purchasing an underlay that has anti slip properties is a fairly inexpensive way of solving the problem in the longer term. We stock an Anti Slip Rug Underlay which is made from a recycled fleece material. Available in 5 different sizes, simply cut the underlay 5-8cm smaller than the door mat itself, and then place underneath. The underlay stays in place without any adhesive, meaning no risk of marking your floor. It works by creating friction between the backing of the mat and the floor. It’s also fully washable at 60⁰ and remains effective after laundering.
3) Purchase a Door Mat with an Anti Slip Backing
We stock a wide range of door mats that have an inbuilt anti slip backing, these are made from washable carpet pile with a nitrile rubber backing. Our Made to Measure Washable Carpet Mats also have the option for an additional anti slip backing to be added, as well as an extra thick backing to make the mat more rigid and prevent it from creasing in the middle. We can also match the backing type to suit the type of flooring that the mat will be placed on top of. For carpet surfaces, a “gripper” backing is applied which has cleats that grasp onto the carpet pile. For hard surfaces, the backing is smooth to create optimum contact with the floor. Door mats with an inbuilt anti slip backing are definitely something to consider if non-movement is your main priority.
4) Create a Frame around the Mat
Worth considering if building a mat well recess is not an option. Beading / Edging strips are easily sourced from DIY / Hardware stores, these are then used to create a frame around the mat which is glued or screwed to the floor. Although this is quite a straightforward process, a level of DIY skill is needed in cutting down the beading / edging, assembling the frame and then securing it in place. It’s also a more permanent approach that will affect your flooring, since the frame will be attached to the floor. Our Cut to Size matting is perfect for building a frame around.
5) Build a Mat Well / Recess
This is the most permanent solution and probably the most effective. It’s easier to build a mat well when new flooring is being laid, as all that is needed is to leave a space around the door way for the door mat to be installed into. Creating a mat well within existing flooring is trickier, and may require the help of a local builder / handyman. Again, we stock a range of matting that is ideal for fitting into a mat well and with a range of thicknesses to choose from, you can ensure that the matting will be flush with the surrounding flooring.