How to Make a Rubber Entrance Mat
A custom rubber entrance mat can say a lot about who you are as a person. It is important to make it both personable and welcoming. Making your own welcome mat will allow you create any design you want and add a special unique touch for visitors to appreciate. Follow the simple steps below to quickly and inexpensively create your own rubber entrance mat.
Step 1 – Wash and Dry the Mat
Start off by washing and drying the mat so that any excess dirt or debris from the tags can be washed clean. Let your mat dry completely before beginning any stenciling and painting. To ensure complete dryness, leaving the mat in the sun will quicken the process.
Step 2 – Prepare Your Area
Find a flat surface to use for stenciling your mat and cover it with a cloth or sheet. Use anything that can protect your working area so that you do not get paint all over the place while you are stenciling your mat. It is advisable to use a sheet that you do not mind getting messed up, or just use a disposable one.
Step 3 – Paint Your Rubber Mat
Pour a small amount of the stencil paint onto a paper plate. Use the masking tape to place the stencil in place on the mat so it doesn’t slide everywhere.
Take the sponge and dip it into the paint. Gently begin to dab the sponge on the stencil outline. Try to get into the small spots of the mat. Let the area completely dry before you start painting another area of the mat. If you plan to do a few different areas of the mat with the same color and design, gently lift the stencil up and reposition it.
If any paint leaks outside the margins of the stencil, simply wipe the paint off with a damp cloth or cotton ball.
Step 4 – Let Your Mat Dry
It is best to let your rubber mat dry a few hours, preferably overnight, to ensure it is completely dry. When your mat is dry all the way, leave it in a well ventilated room or even outside on the porch before putting the protective spray on it.
Step 5 – Spray the Mat
Finally, spray your mat with a protective spray such as polyurethane or any other protective spray. Leave your rubber mat out to dry completely, which may take up to several hours. Check for dryness, then repeat the spraying process. The spray will help to keep your mat looking new longer and will protect it from wear and tear as well as other elements that could damage the stenciling.
Finally, once your mat is dry, place it in front of your entrance to welcome visitors.