Coir (coconut fiber), makes for a great eco-friendly doormat: it's durable, made from natural materials, and can fit just about anyone's home decor. They can also last for years if they're taken care of properly, and it's about this time of year that they need the most help. All it takes is a little water and a broom to keep the doormats cleans — check out This Old House's maintenance tips, after the jump.
During winter and spring your coir doormat can take a beating: lots of scraping of shoes, mud, salt and snow can leave the doormat worn out. Follow This Old House tips to revive and clean your doormat:
1 Scrape off mud, dirt and debris with tool of your choice
2 Hang the doormat outside and beat it with the handle of a broom
3 Use a stiff-bristle brush and water to clean off any remaining dirt particles
4 Lay flat to dry
According to This Old House, following this routine can extend the life of the rug up to six years!
via: This Old House Magazine, January/February 2011
(Image: Signature Hardware. Originally published 2010-12-17)