Don't make me refinish these floors...
September 26, 2010 7:38 PM Subscribe
What kind of doormat can I use to protect my wood floors?
posted by fshgrl to Home & Garden (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My front door opens directly into my living room, which has wood floors (doug fir). I refinished the floors this year and they look great except that I already have water damage by the front door. I think this is from people coming in and leaving their shoes in that area. I bought a rubber backed mat but it actually seems to have made the problem worse, presumably by trapping water under the mat against the floor. (I am on rubber mat #2, the second one was more expensive and supposed to cure the problem but does not work).
At this point there is enough damage that I would most like to cover that area up with something that would also protect it. But mainly I just want to prevent further damage. Is there a product, mat, cover, anything? that I can buy that will do that? I'm particularly looking for personal recommendations of products that you used and liked.
More info: the polyurethane is good quality, Boma commercial grade stuff. There is no damage anywhere else, including the kitchen or near the bathroom. Particularly wet or muddy people & dogs use the backdoor and leave their shoes in the mudroom there. People coming in the front door are no more than a little damp at the worst. I've never seen puddles on the floor or noticed that the rug was damp although apparently it has been. There is no damage under the other rugs in the house. And I'm pretty sure water is coming from shoes and not through the front door because I have a large covered porch and you step up to enter the house so it's impossible for water to seep under my door. The area behind the door where I leave my own shoes has no damage. There is no mat there and I wonder if it being open to the air is the reason why the finish still looks good?