Welcome your family home and your friends to visit with a doormat at your home’s front door. If you’ve been thinking about what kind of doormat to add to your entryway’s decor, you might wonder what a coir doormat is? We’ve researched the makings of coir to find the answer for you.
Coir doormats are made from the fibrous, outer husks of coconut shells. The fibers are removed from the husk and processed into yarn, or coir. Ripe coconuts produce coarse, brown-colored coir and unripened, green coconuts produce a finer textured, white to golden-yellow colored coir.
Made from highly durable, easy to maintain material and available in a variety of designs, coir mats will give your home a warm welcome and keep your entryway clean. Keep reading and, we’ll explain why coir is an excellent material choice for your next doormat. We’ll show you some stylish examples of coir mats and let you know how to keep your mat looking like new for years.
Can Coir Mats Get Wet?
As a natural fiber, once native to sub-tropical climates, processed coir remains exceptionally resilient to water. Not only can coir get wet with freshwater and saltwater but, coir also resists mold and mildew from forming amidst any moist fibers.
How to Dry a Coir Doormat
To dry your coir doormat, hang it outside or in a well-ventilated area and allow time for the mat to air dry. If the rug was exposed to saltwater, rinse with fresh water first, and then hang to dry.
Naturally Draining Open-Backed Coir Mats
Consider getting an all-coir, environmentally friendly mat with an open backing rather than a coir mat with an applied, synthetic backing made from rubber, vinyl, or PVC. A non-backed mat will allow water to drain through to aid the drying process until you get a chance to hang-up the mat. Thicker non-backed mats stay underfoot so; you do not necessarily need a synthetic backing for anti-skid purposes.
How Long do Coir Mats Last?
Coir is a sustainable resource that is highly durable and easy to clean. A coir doormat can last for 6 to 10 years at the threshold of your home. Selecting a coir mat of 1-inch thickness, or more will also increase the longevity of the rug, especially for mats used in high-traffic areas.
Stuck Mud & Dirt Brushes Off
Stiff, rough coir sweeps off mud, dirt, and sand from the bottoms of shoes, effortlessly keeping the inside of your entryway clean. Scrape off caked-on mud or dirt from the mat with a sturdy tool like a metal spatula or garden hoe. Dried dirt or sand can either be shaken off or brushed off with a stiff-bristle scrub brush or broom.
Trapped Dirt & Sand Rinses Away
To wash a coir mat, use water and a stiff-bristle scrub brush to remove debris trapped within the fibers. Let the mat hang-dry afterward.
When your coir doormat has worn completely, you can add it to your compost pile because the coir is entirely biodegradable. Just remember to remove any synthetic backing before discarding the mat.
Do Coir Mats Shed?
Yes, coir mats do shed. But, the shedding occurs slowly over time as the mat wears underfoot. If you notice fragments of coir entering your home, sweep up the coir fragments and add it to your compost pile. Don’t worry if shed coir blows from the porch into your yard. The coir is 100% biodegradable. Thicker mats will break down more slowly by shedding because thicker mats contain more material.
Is Coir Flammable?
Coir is a flammable fiber that can easily ignite if it comes into contact with a spark or an open flame. In most home scenarios, there is generally a low risk of fire in the vicinity of your entryway. Refrain from placing coir mats near fireplaces, grills, areas where people smoke, garages, and workspaces.
Can You Paint a Coir Doormat?
The beauty of coir doormats is that they look great in their natural coloring but are also customizable. You can paint coir by using a stencil to add a design or lettering to your mat with outdoor acrylic paint.
If you aren’t exactly a DIY person, you can find a plethora of coir doormat styles, including phrases, family names, geometric designs, borders, pets, and florals to welcome family and friends into your home. Check out these 15 coir doormats:
Natural Coir, Natural Color
Keep a low profile and a clean entryway with this basic, coir doormat.
Accentuate your welcome mat with bold borders on coir. Bold borders give a stately welcome to incoming guests.
Keep it simple yet, intricate with a geometric border to highlight natural coir.
No matter how you say it, guests feel welcome when they see a friendly greeting at your door. Say, “Hello!” In your very own way with a coir doormat.
A coir mat that shouts a boisterous greeting will get noticed underfoot and wipe clean guests’ incoming boots.
Let your hospitality shine from the moment guests arrive at the door and enjoy the fruits of a clean entryway floor.
Colorful First Impressions
Welcome all the colors of the rainbow inside and say goodbye to dark, dingy dirt at the door.
Brilliant color in a sophisticated pattern really brightens your entryway’s decor.
Lose dirt in the pattern and bring in cheer with a colorful print coir mat.
Greet your four-legged friends, and invite them inside over a coir doormat to swipe off dirty paws.
Dog and cat lovers alike will find the perfect coir mat design to welcome furry friends inside and sweep dirty paws clean while still outside.
’Tis the season to decorate your home’s front door with a coir doormat. Spring brings a jovial welcome to your threshold with colorful blooms.
Kick back, relax, and enjoy the summer sunshine. With a seasonal coir mat, you can keep summer’s dirt and grass outside after a playful day.
A snowfall is no match for a coir doormat, providing a durable welcome through winter’s harshest weather.
Fall into seasonal decor by adding a festive coir mat to your home’s entryway and keep autumn leaves and mud outside.
Make a great first impression at your home’s entryway and share a genuine welcome by adding a coir doormat to the threshold. You’ll be glad to see a clean entryway floor after incoming family members and friends step inside.
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