Outdoor Entrance Mats vs Indoor Entrance Mats

Besides their respective locations in and around a home, there are substantial differences between indoor and outdoor entrance mats. In addition to the different materials they are made from, indoor and outdoor entrance mats each provide a similar yet distinct service. While outdoor mats are equipped to remove the bulk of snow, dirt, mud or other debris from your shoes, indoor mats help to dry the bottom of your shoes to reduce the risk of slipping inside. The two kinds of mats are really incomparable because they do different jobs. Used in conjunction with one another, they help to keep home carpets and floors clean from outside debris and prevent any unwanted accidents. 

Outdoor Entrance Mats

After stepping onto the porch, threshold or mud room, oftentimes your shoes are covered with debris from the outside, especially after a day walking through mud, snow or dirt. The last thing you want is to drag all of that into your home. This is where non-absorbent entrance mats, also known as outdoor entrance mats come in very handy. They are designed not to absorb moisture such as carpet matting. Instead, their fingertip bristles help to scrape off the bulk of the debris on the bottom of your shoes as you wipe your feet across its surface. Outdoor entrance mats are slip resistant and capable of withstanding all weather extremes. They require semi-frequent cleaning, but they can be easily hosed off. 

In addition to their functionality, outdoor entrance mats come in all shapes and sizes. Some common alternatives include horsehair and heavy-duty woven outdoor mats, but none are more weather resistant and effective as the rubber variety.

Indoor Entrance Mats

Indoor entrance mats, by contrast, are known as absorbent entrance mats and are designed to absorb any moisture on the bottom of your shoes. Outdoor mats cannot get the bottom of your shoes completely dry. For this, there are indoor carpeted mats. With a sticky rubber backing, they do not slide around the floor. When you brush your feet over them, the carpet  top layer soaks up the remaining moisture while the mat stays put. This type of mat is found inside the doors of every business given the liability issues that could arrive from slipping. Whereas outdoor mats are hosed off, indoor mats can be thrown into the washing machine for cleaning. 

In commercial settings, indoor entrance mats often are adorned with a company’s logo or motto, offering a place to advertise their brand as well as keep their customers’ shoes dry. 

Mat Combination

As stated earlier, these mats are really incomparable in that both are needed to be truly effective. On snowy days, outdoor mats do most of the heavy work, scraping off all of the packed snow gathered on the bottom of the shoes. Once inside, the indoor mats absorb whatever moisture remains, drying the bottom of your shoes and preventing slipping. 

Especially if you have hardwood, engineered or laminate flooring in your home, having indoor entrance mats not only prevents a buildup of outdoor debris on the floor, they dry shoes so no slipping occurs. Outdoor entrance mats are useful especially if you walk frequently in mud or dirt. Rather than track all of that muck into the house, outdoor entrance mats clean the bulk of it off. What is left is absorbed by the indoor carpeted mat.