Find The Perfect Coir Mat For Your Front Door
What are coir mats made from?
Coir mats, also know as coco mats or coconut fibre mats are made from the natural coconut fibres found on the outside or the husk of a coconut. The coconuts are harvested by hand or ripened coconuts fall off the tree and are then soaked in natural ponds for six (6) months. Once the fruit has soaked the defibring process begins. We hand beat the coconut with a wooden mallet to separate the natural fibres from the pith and the outer skin. These fibres and then laid out to dry in the sun naturally. Once dried and naturally bleached by the suns UV rays to the perfect colour the fibres are hand spun into a coir fibre that looks like a rope.
Are coir doormats good quality?
Yes, coir is an extremely high quality, in fact we would say it is the highest quality material to make a door mat from. This fibre contains several strands of first grade coco fibre twisted together giving strength and rigidity and making them the most long standing fibre used in coir door mats. Hand woven coir mats into an ultra high quality coir door mat, We are proud to offer Australia's best quality coir mat and the best quality printed coir mat, our hand woven mats that are 35 to 40mm thick are the most durable coir mats you will find on the market guaranteed! This option is easily identified because of its woven border. We also offer moulded into a rubber backing and edge or machine made with a PVC anti slip back for a more cost effective low profile option or a cheap latex edge option.
Can you wash coir door mats?
Washing a coir mat may permanently stain or discolour it as coconut fibre will absorb and retain moisture for long periods of time. The most effective way to clean your coir mat is to turn it over and beat the backing with a flat paddle object to allow for the sand, dirt and debris to fall through. You can also vacuum the mat or brush it with a stiff brush. Because of its high moisture retention we do not recommend hosing the mat.
Are coir mats durable?
Yes, as coir is a natural product it is extremely durable and also UV resistant. Cut pile coir fibres found in our woven mat range give a very strong brush like feel that will last for many years. We have seen our coir mats used in commercial environments for over 20 years. Yes they show marks and signs of wear however they are still completely functional. Fibres may darken or lighten when exposed to the elements enhancing the beauty of this natural product.
Are coir mats environmentally friendly?
Yes, especially woven coir mats these are made from 100% natural coir fibre from sustainable plantations grown in their natural habitat. We harvest by hand and use professional climbers to pick the coconuts. We also still hand spin some twines. We refuse to stock cheap coir mats due to our high ethical standards and ensure we use skilled and trained talent. So if you are looking for an environmentally friendly door mat, choose a woven coir mat with hand bound edges, avoid latex edge, PVC backed or rubber backed options as they are not 100% biodegradable.
Can you get coir mats without rubber backing?
Yes, coir mats can be woven by hand eliminating the need to have a rubber backing. The benefit of a woven backed mat not a rubber backed mat is that there is no chance of colour migration or colour leeching onto different floor types. Be careful when using rubber doormats on polished and natural stone to make sure colour from rubber does not stain your floor. Moulded rubber backed coir mats or PVC backed coir mats are machine made and then backed to hold the fibres together. The added benefit of a mat without rubber or PVC backing is that the mats are eco friendly and will completely biodegrade. The finished plain coir mat can be placed in a compost bin or un woven and used around your plants which will aid in moisture retention and may promote growth!
Are coir door mats good?
Yes coir mats are good and are the best type of door mat to use outside under cover. The reason that coir is such an excellent choice of door mat is coir mats are environmentally friendly, hardwearing, it ages beautifully, it is biodegradable.
What are the best door mats made of?
The best door mats depends on where they are being used. Coir is the best mat for outdoor areas undercover. Microfiber nylon surface such as the Absorbent Dirt Stop Mat is the best for indoors. Moulded rubber for outside areas that are not under cover.
How are coir mats made?
First the coconut husk is collected then separated into two parts, the fiber and the coir peat. The fibers are dried and then pressed into a mat using rollers then spun into a coir rope. The coir rope is then taken to a hand operated loom machine which then is used to make the Premium Quality Thick coir mats or onto a machine that embeds and then cuts the strands into a PVC backing which form the vinyl backed lower quality coir mats.
What are coir door mats made of?
Coir door mats are made from Coconuts! The fibers on the outside of a coconut husk are collected then separated into two parts, the fiber and the coir peat. The fibers are dried and then pressed into a mat using rollers then spun into a coir rope that forms the brush surface of a Coir mat.
Are coir mats safe for dogs?
Yes Premium or woven coir mats are safer for dogs then rubber, plastic or even PVC or latex backed coir mats as they are 100% natural. These mats are made from the fibers on the outside of a coconut and are not treated before or after being manufactured. Often latex backed, rubber, plastic, PVC or vinyl mats contain plasticizers or fillers to reduce cost and make them more flexible. These can be harmful to people and pets.
Is coir the best door mat?
Yes, the best mat for outdoors is a coir mat. These mats date back to the 11th centaury! Although there are some synthetic options none tick all the boxes that coir mats do. The best mat for indoors is a microfiber Absorbent Dirt Stop mat. These mats are low profile and have a leak proof non skid backing that is an excellent final dry and clean.
What are the disadvantages of coir mats?
Although coir mats are the best mat for outside they do have several disadvantages. These flaws are: shedding, new coir mats will shed fibers. Although this wont affect the life of the mat it may mean that you need to sweep up occasionally. If you saturate coir or drop oil or solvents onto coir it will stain and darken. Being a natural product is is designed to absorb. Coir mats are thicker than synthetic mats. This means that if you do not have a step at your doorway your door may not open over the mat!
Why do coir mats shed?
Coir mats shed initially due to how they are made. The strands of coconut fibers are usually around 200mm long and not a continuous length. This means that when it is twisted and then cut to give the mat its brush like texture small sections may split off causing shedding.
What are the problems with coir?
The problems with coir doormats are that they are usually thicker than synthetic mats This can be a problem if you do not have a step or have low door clearance your door may not open over the mat. Coir mats do shed small fibers, this can be a problem that you have to sweep or blow the area around it often. They will darken if saturated in water or placed in an area that is not undercover. Some people find this maturing look beautiful.
Does coir rot?
If left constantly submerged in water coir will rot. If used undercover outside coir mats are proved to best the best type of mat even with so many synthetic mats available.
Does coconut coir decompose?
Yes over time coir mats will decompose or compost in the ground. It is made from natural coconut fibers from the husk of a coconut. Once your Premium Coir Mat is no longer being used at your doorway it can be used as a compost in the garden.
Is coir soft or hard?
Coir is hard. This is because it is several strands of coconut fibers that a twisted together to form a brush like scraping surface. Although the surface is an excellent brush surface it is not unpleasant to walk on in bare feet and dogs still find it as a nice place to lay down.
How do you pronounce coir?
Koi yar. The easiest way to pronounce coir is to split it into two words. Koi (as in the fish) or coy and ya. So Koi Ya (or coy ya). Not kwar!
What doormats last the longest?
Premium Woven Coir mats (35 to 40mm thick) will last the longest. These mats if used under cover outside will last up to 30 years. We have had customers in commercial buildings replace mats after 13 years and some homes after 30 years. If the mat is printed or embossed this will be the first point of failure so if you are after a mat that will last a long time choose a plain coir mat. Coir mats are the original type of door mat and the face that they are still being used today is a testament to their longevity and beauty.
How thick should a coir mat be?
With coir mats the thicker the mat the longer it will last. Premium Coir Doormats are usually 35 to 40mm thick and these mats are proven to last over 10 years! It is important to be aware if your door is going to open over the mat. If there is no step at your doorway check to make sure that there is enough clearance. If you have a mat well (recess) in the floor then you will need to select the thickness that matches the depth of your recess.
Can you cut coir doormat?
Yes PVC backed coir mats can be cut to size. Woven mats or rubber backed coir mats can not as they will fray and become damaged. To cut a PVC backed coir mat simply turn the mat over with the backing side up. Mark out your cuts then use a sharp Stanley knife and straight edge or ruler to cut. The first cut should be light to medium pressure to score the surface then gradually get firmer as you penetrate the PVC. It will usually take 3 or 4 passes with a sharp knife to cut it.
What can I do with old coir doormats?
First you need to determine what type of coir mat you have, is it woven (the backing will be the same colour as the top and you will see the woven pattern, or, is it backed (the backing will have a rubber or plastic like appearance. - usually black or grey). If it is a woven mat great simply allow the mat to compost or you can even sprinkle seeds over the mat and grow sprouts! If it is backed you will need to dispose of it in land fill unless you can separate the top from the rubber which is a long process.
How do you refresh a coir doormat?
Once your coir mat is cleaned and all the debris removed brush the surface with a stiff bristle brush to tidy the surface. You can spray a light mist of water over the mat to loosen any staining. Make sure you allow it to dry before using is again.
What are the benefits of coir doormats?
Following are the benefits of coir mats: They are made from eco friendly materials (coconut fibers from the outside husk of a coconut), they offer excellent scraping ability and are ideal at removing dirt and mud off boots, they are hardwearing and will last longer than synthetic mats, they do not have an odor like rubber of some plastic mats. The Premium Handbound Coir Mats (not PVC or latex backed) are biodegradable at the end of their life.
What do you seal coir mats with?
Coir mats can be sealed with a clear polyurethane spray. This will prevent the coir from taking up any moisture or staining. It is important to remember that sealing the mat will eventually wear off.
Can you machine wash coir mats?
No coir mats can not be machine washed. Firstly being tumbled in the washing machine will cause the PVC or latex backing mats to tear, woven coir mats will unravel and fray. As coir fibers are a natural material when submerged in water for a long period of time will swell and break. The mat will not completely disintegrate on first wash however you may have a rippled stained mess.
How do you clean a coir doormat?
First of all remove any visible mud or soil from the surface. Next turn the mat over and beat the backing to allow the dirt the dislodge. Next, while the mat is face down roll up the mat slowly with the brush surface facing out and tap it as you roll it up, this will cause the fibers to separate and the dislodge the debris that has fallen to the base of the mat. Finally turn the mat over and vacuum the surface.
How often do you need to replace a coir mat?
Coir mats can last up to 30 years in residential environments if you regularly extract the dirt and make sure they are kept under cover and not exposed to direct rain.
Do coir mats attract bugs?
No coir mats do not attract bugs, insects or mites. This is due to the fibers being made from coconuts and containing coconut oil which is a naturally strong repellant.
Do coir doormats go inside or outside?
Coir mats are best suited for outdoors under cover however you can use coir mats indoors however jute mats are a better option if you are looking for a naturally beautiful option inside.
Can coir door mats get wet?
Light water from shoes will not affect coir mat however if it is used in the direct rain or submerges in water often it will darken and may become brittle. Being a natural product coir soaks up moisture just like timber does.
What happens to coir when it gets wet?
Coir darkens with moisture and it may leave a stain if exposed to water in only one section. Coir may also swell which can be a problem for latex backed coir mats as this puts pressure on the backing and can make it splt or tear and the fibers come loose.
Can I vacuum a coir mat?
Yes, coir mats can be vacuumed. First beat the back of a coir mat to loosen the dirt and sand or roll them in the opposite direction (face out). This will cause the debris to call out. We always recommend a dry clean for coir door mats.
Is coir matting the same as coconut matting?
Yes coir matting and coconut matting are the same. Coir is the name for outside natural fibres of a coconut. Coir is a hard word to pronounce so some people prefer to use coconut matting instead of coir matting.
What is an alternative to coir matting?
There are synthetic options available to Coir such as poly propylene. These fibers do not last as long, they do not decompose and they are also not as UV resistant as coir
What are the pros and cons of coir door mats?
The pros of coir are as follows. Coir is it is the best mat for use outdoors undercover. It is made using eco friendly materials sourced from the outside fibers of a coconut. Coir mats will outlast any other door mat material especially Premium Coir Mats. Coir mats are thick and durable. Coir mats will biodegrade at the end of life. Coir mats are the best brush type mat. Woven coir mats do not have an odour like Plastic, Rubber or Latex. Coir mats are naturally bug, insect and mite repellant! Last of all coir mats age beautifully. Cons are, they can not get saturated in water so only suitable for use under cover. They are thicker than other mats so may not be suitable in you have low door clearance, they are limited in colour and just come in a natural colour however beautiful designs can be printed on them.
How long do coir mats last?
Premium Coir doormats can last up to 30 years in a residential application and 15 years in a commercial application. PVC and Latex backed options generally do not last as long as the backing material becomes brittle and can tear.
A good door mat should scrub off moisture and dirt as effectively as it visually enhances your space. Our coir door mats achieve both of these tasks with ease. At Door Mat, we only use high-quality and non-slip materials for our products. They offer a natural and rustic accent that’s sure to fit your home’s look.
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