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#1 of 7 Old 10-27-2011, 10:15 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I love the LL Bean water hog door mat, but it is $40. A little more than I wanted to spend on a door mat, yk?

 

What do you use for winter, to protect the hard wood floors in your home, and to stop snow, ice,and all the other yucky stuff that winter brings?

 


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Taking shoes off right at the door is the best. So a large cheap mat and a shoe rack will go far

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In all honesty, it is just easier to use the yucky towels by the front door during bad weather. We all take off our shoes right away. If things are really wet, I move the shoes onto the tiled kitchen floor. During snow storms, I go through several towels in a day.

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Yes, we are a no shoe inside household. And we do also use towels when it is really gross outside. Thanks for reminding me :)


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We have a shoe brush hanging from a hook right outside our door so we can stomp and wipe of as much snow as possible before stepping indoors. Usually, we don't use the brush, admittedly, but it is still nice to have when you are just covered in snow that will melt the moment you go inside.

 

In front of the door outside, we have a metal grill. You know, like a metal mat that you can scrape your boots against. Really good for removing small stones etc.

 

Stepping inside, we have a fake grass mat. This catches most of the leftover mud from under the boots, and caked on snow from the underside.

 

Then, as a final line of defence against wetness we have a cotton rag rug, that is machine washable, in front of the bench where we usually sit to take off our boots. Since we grew up with dogs that liked to chew shoes and a cat that when in heat liked to mark them, we tend to put the shoes on a hat shelf, on a metal tray, to dry.

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We leave our messy boots by the door.  And really, no one in my family wants to wear their heavy winter gear in the house anyway.  We slip off our boots and get into our comfy house slippers.  

 

I guess I don't really address the OP's question though -- I would get multiple mats that can be washed.  Or I would ask people to wear boot covers.  We lived in Sweden for a while and they were very common there.  They were blue paper covers that I have seen people wear in hospitals in the states.  You slip them over dirty shoes and can then toss them when you are done.  

 

 


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We leave our messy boots by the door.  And really, no one in my family wants to wear their heavy winter gear in the house anyway.  We slip off our boots and get into our comfy house slippers.  

 

I guess I don't really address the OP's question though -- I would get multiple mats that can be washed.  Or I would ask people to wear boot covers.  We lived in Sweden for a while and they were very common there.  They were blue paper covers that I have seen people wear in hospitals in the states.  You slip them over dirty shoes and can then toss them when you are done.  

 

 

 

Nowadays they are made from plastic...

 

Though, I doubt anyone would want to wear those for any length of time, considering they are very slippery. Plus give the association of hospitals and the like. Better to slip the shoes off right by the door.
 

 

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