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Old 02-09-2010, 10:59 AM   #1
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Default Mat or rug for winter boots and shoes

My boys tend to go out in the wet snow and rain and come in with their soes or boots caked in snow or mud. I have a rug on the back porch for them to wipe their feet and another rug when they come in the house.

I really need to find something that they can take their boots or shoes off, they can let their shoes dry. Should I get a heavy rug or a rubber mat? I have our pop containers by the hall tree where I hang coats and hats, I dont really want to move the pop but I need the space for the shoes and boots.
I hate when they go through the house with their muddy or wet shoes on.
They tend not to hear me when I say take off your shoes by the back door.

Any suggestions or ideas?
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:09 AM   #2
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Do you have a porch with a roof over it? If so make them take their shoes off on the porch before coming in. If not I'd keep the door locked so they'd have to knock or ring the bell before coming in. Then you could remind them to take them off before you let them in.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:21 AM   #3
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We have an oversized plastic boot tray right next to the door, and an oversized water hog mat to catch the worst of it before coming inside.
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Our back porch is roof covered, but its open on 3 sides. If they leave their shoes outside there is a chance that either a dog or cat will take the shoes or maybe the cats will pee on them.

The next door neighbors have 3 cat that tend to wander over and they love to get on the porches and our vehicles.

Im going to move the pop and put down a mat and then Ill see if they can at least put the shoes on the mat. I get mad when Im the one who has to mop up their muddy mess on the kitchen floor.
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:42 PM   #5
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Target has a boot tray - the kind with a lip so it catches water as it melts off or whatever. I guess all boot trays are that way but we're really not used to seeing them much down here.

Nancy what's a water hog mat? I need one of those I think.
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:54 PM   #6
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I meant for them to take them off outside and then bring them in when they come in. A tray will be good to put them on when they bring them in.
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Old 02-09-2010, 04:32 PM   #7
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Here ya go Tie-

http://afm.waterhogfloormats.com/


They work great!!
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Old 02-09-2010, 05:31 PM   #8
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I have one of these waterhog mats from LLBean:

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/56860?from=SR&feat=sr

..and I also have 2 boot trays.
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:38 AM   #9
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when buying the mats make sure you buy one large enough
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:17 PM   #10
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I sent hubby to Lowes to get a mat--well naturally he comes back with nothing. He looks at me and says why do we need it. He told me that he saw some nice ones but didnt buy one because he didnt think we needed it.

I explained to him again, that when him and Brett come in the house from being outside they track mud and snow through the house because they dont either wipe their shoes off good or they dont even bother to take them off.

Ill go back tomorrow and get a mat---and men say that women never listen lol......
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:59 AM   #11
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Ugh, MEN! Mom insisted on a MUD room when they redid the house in IN. Dad and my brother working construction... two little kids in and out... You gotta' do something! Snow and mud muck is the worst! I hope you find something that works for you when YOU go shopping. (*"*)
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