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timiduser....having had similar conundrums re mats requiring 'wells'....I reckon the only way is to have a mat which is fairly easy to lift...and then just use a hoover for the "sweeping out". I think lots of entry hall foot-tracking yuk depends, too, on how agile, speedy, and/or, agreeable people are in removing their shoes after stepping 'off the mat' into their, and/or, your home. I have found that many people simply do not see or feel the need to remove their outdoor shoes once landing inside 'home'......which begs a whole 'nother question, for sure :))

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cassandrascott24

Yes, MJ, the 'closing the door' problem... I chuck some newspaper from my trug on the floor to step on temporarily so I can close the door then step back on the mat. The newspaper would be needed anyway if my shoes/boots were wet. It's a bit of dancing around but easier than cleaning/mopping up the floor! You've have to have well trained kids to faff on like this though!!

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chemistrykaren

Lovely article and illustrations. There's definitely been a trend - among my dear friends at least - to de-shoe at the door (and I now take my slippers to friends' houses!). I usually enter through my back door, into the kitchen (which has a side and back door), and I haven't yet found a suitable mat to put by these doors - one that doesn't make the space look cluttered - and cover up the beautiful multi-coloured slate floor tiles.

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