Entrance Mats - Cotton Door Mats

Cotton Door Mats combine comfort with moisture absorbing performance. Browse our range of premium cotton door mats and buy online with confidence.
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Cotton Door Mat

Cotton is a highly absorbent material making it an excellent choice for door mats. Being absorbent makes Cotton Door Mats very popular in homes where pets live as the fibres can remove moisture from paws and feet when entering the house whilst being extremely comfortable for them.

All our Cotton Door Mats are machine washable at 30 degrees, making them easy to care for and our MudProtect Door Mat is also safe to use in tumble dryers.

Looking to buy a cotton door mat? Find out more about them and what makes them so effective with our guide below.

How do Cotton Door Mats Work?

Cotton is a material that has “hydrophilic” properties, which is a term used in chemistry to describe something that attracts water. In fact, cotton can absorb up to 27 times its weight in liquid water, but to understand how this is achieved we need to understand the molecular structure of it and of the water it absorbs so efficiently.

Water is made up of one Oxygen atom, with a positive charge, and two Hydrogen atoms which have negative charges. This creates a binding magnetic or “dipolar” attraction.

Cotton on the other hand, is made up of a much more complex series of atoms which link up in repetitive patterns to create pure cellulose. As this cellulose has a negative charge, it attracts the dipolar water molecules.

The Cotton fibres also have a capillary action, where they draw water into them like a straw and then store it in the interior cell walls. If you were to place one end of a cotton fibre in a bowl of water, you would see that water gradually tracks down the length of the fibre over time.

It is these properties that make cotton the best materials for bath towels, but also popular for clothing garments and, of course, for door mats.

What are the Advantages of using Cotton Door Mats?

The main advantage is the unrivalled absorbency you can expect compared with synthetic nylon mats, but other advantages include;

  • Comfortable surface, kind to bare feet and paws
  • Cosy appearance, compared with more corporate looking nylon mats
  • Machine washable
  • Lower purchasing costs

Cotton is also a sustainable material. No parts of the plant are wasted during production and unlike synthetic fibres, cotton is also biodegradable.

Colour and Size

Our Cotton Door Mats are available in various colours and sizes, all with a mottled finish which helps to hide dirt from visibility when in use.

The sizes start at 50cm x 75cm, ideal for small to standard entrances in homes, with several more sizes ranging up to 75cm x 150cm. The mat sizes do vary so refer to the product pages for the individual sizes available.

Cotton Door Mats are poplar in homes so the colours they are available in have been designed to complement the décor with many neutral colours such as Azure, Slate and Charcoal.

How to Clean Cotton Door Mats

For any type of floor mat to perform well, it needs to be kept clean and well maintained. Our cotton mats can be cleaned by simply shaking the mat outside to remove loose dirt particles or with a vacuum cleaner.

Our cotton door mats are also machine washable for a more thorough clean, add the mat to the drum and follow the instructions provided on the label. Mats should be washed on a 30 degree cycle.

Recommended Use

All of our door mats are rated based on several features including their crush resistance, water retention and soil resistance as a guide to get the best use out of them. Cotton door mats are great at absorbing water and hiding dirt but do not score so highly on crush resistance. Therefore, we recommend using Cotton Door Mats in homes or offices with low volumes of traffic.

These types of floor mats are most popular in homes due to their cosy appearance and their effectiveness at soaking up water from the paws of pets.

If your door mat needs to cope with a high volume of foot traffic, please see our Commercial Door Mats range.

More Facts about Cotton;

  • Cotton has been utilised by humans since at least 450bc
  • Cotton is a sustainable fibre, with no part of the plant wasted
  • Yarn counts are often used in retail, with the number representing the number of yarns per inch
  • The CO2 removed from the air by cotton plants is equivalent to removing 7 million cars from our roads
  • Unlike many other materials, Cotton becomes stronger when wet
  • Natural cotton is 100% biodegradable
  • Contrary to popular belief, most nappies contain no cotton fibres at all but are made with synthetic fibres instead which are not biodegradable

Why Purchase Cotton Door Mats from First Mats

All of the products available from First Mats have been sourced from established and reputable sources who work to stringent manufacturing standards of quality, so you can be assured that the mats you purchase will deliver excellent performance for a long lifespan.

Free samples of our Cotton Door Mats are also available, allowing you to see the true colour and feel of the mat before committing to a purchase. We also offer free delivery to anywhere mainland UK with orders of over £50

Purchase your Cotton Floor Mats through our secure website and join the growing family of satisfied customers.


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