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There is a rule in my house - shoes off at the door before you enter the house. My family has been trained in this regime from an early age and it cuts down on lots of mess being trampled across the carpets. Whilst this works well at the front door - it's not so effective at the back door - which is in the kitchen in my house. It's inconvenient to keep having to take your shoes off every time you re-enter the kitchen when you're doing a spot of gardening, enjoying the patio or going back and forth to the dustbin or to peg washing out. As for the dog - having to wipe his paws off every time he goes to play on the lawn is a tedium too far. I was fascinated by the JML adverts for their 'Magic carpets' and so decided to purchase one. The one I have by the door is a small sized dark purple coloured one.
The advert for the JML magic carpet really sold this product to me. It can be viewed on their website www.jmldirect.com. The ad starts off by showing some heartless fiend tramping through the house in their Wellington boots leaving muddy footprints behind - enough to strike terror into the souls of housewives everywhere. It suggests that the Magic Carpet is the cure to this problem. (Although, watching the ad my first though was that divorce would have been a better solution.)
The ad goes on to demonstrate how good this mat is compared to ordinary doormats. The aforementioned wellied fiend this time standing in a tray of dirt, walks across the JML Magic carpet with one leg- and an ordinary coir doormat with the other. The Magic Carpet appears to catch all the dirt, whilst a muddy footprint is left when walking over the coir mat. The JML Magic Carpet boasts a 'special construction' which means that 'dirt is locked into its fibres.' It's 'ultra absorbent' properties are shown on the advert as someone pours water over the mat and the liquid is soaked up. The carpet claims it is hard-wearing and durable and also machine washable.
The mats come in different sizes and colours. (Prices quoted are from JML website)
The Jumbo size mat is 90cm x 120cm and costs £29.99
The large size is 60cm x 90 cm and costs £19.99
The small size is 40cm x 70cm and costs £11.99
Product is also available online from Amazon and Tesco.
***Experience of the product***
I have had my JML Magic Carpet for more than a year now so can vouch for it being hardwearing and durable. It still looks in very good condition and is usually maintained by a quick whizz over with the vacuum cleaner. I have washed it a couple of times and it has emerged on each occasion looking like new.
The mat is reasonably attractive as doormats go - but I wouldn't want to use it as the advert also suggested - as a bathmat or in front of the cooker to catch grease; it isn't that pretty. With its low, close-weave tufts and non-slip backing it looks like a doormat and my feeling is that it is best used as one.
But the pertinent question is - does it work? Does it magically stop all the dirt dead in its tracks? Well - I'll give a politicians answer here. It depends on the type, quantity and distribution method of the dirt. On a dry day, it seems to catch the light soiling from shoes and from the paws of dog extremely well. Medium soiling on a damp day - still pretty good - providing you wipe your feet on the mat and the dog is made to pause with those paws. On a wet day with heavier soiling - it's time to take those shoes off at the door again and catch the paws of dog and wipe them off with a towel. Although the mat certainly helps to a good degree - you are still going to get muddy prints in very wet, filthy conditions. The problem is, when your shoes/boots get dirty they don't merely get dirty on the parts that connect with the mat - there is soiling on the sides of the footwear and often deep up into the grooves of soles which drips out as you walk. As for dogs, on wet days their fur gets wet up their legs not just on their paws and will still mess up your floor. Perhaps a much larger mat than the one I have would produce better results - unfortunately this was the only size that would fit in the gap I had to work with. Still, the mat does make an excellent place to leave your wet, soiled footwear. It is very absorbent and helps the footwear dry off.
All things considered I am pleased with this doormat. It looks good, wears well, and stops dirt better than most other doormats I've ever had. I know it helps to keep my kitchen floor clean as when it's been in the wash the dirt being tracked over the lino has been very much in evidence. Magic? - maybe not - but it does know a few tricks. Would recommend.
Well over a year ago, my mother in law got herself one of these JML magic carpet mats for her front porch, as she had good carpet down in her hall and wanted to protect it as much as possible from dirty feet coming into the house. She raved about it, and upon seeing the small basic mat that we had at our front door, my mother in law bought us one of these mats, when we were expecting our daughter, as she knew that buggies with wet wheels etc would cause a lot of mess, even on our tiled hallway. My mother in law bought us the small version of this mat, measuring approx 70 x 40cm, which was just the ideal size for where we were putting it at our front door. There is a bigger version of this mat available as well, and in fact, it is the larger of these two that my mother in law has. The smaller version of this mat can be picked up around the £12 from many of the major supermarkets, and I'm sure it was one of these supermarkets that my mother in law got ours from.
Looking online, it appears that these mats come in a variety of colours. My mother in law bought us the terracota colour to match the tiles that we have in our hall, and I would say that is blends in with the decor well. It is called a magic mat because it claims to absorb water, dirt, mud and moisture that gets brought in on your shoes, or if you have animals on their paws and then get taken onto your floors.
THis mat is made of 100% polypropylene, and means that you shouldn't have to wipe and wipe your shoes on the mat in order for them to be completely dry.
I have had this mat on my hall floor for a while now, and I have to say that I think that mat isn't bad. There are god features of the mat. Firstly, it seems to have a non slip back so when you put it on the floor it does stay in place, which is important when you come in through the door. It doesn't matter how slippy it is, my mat doesn't move unless I actually physically lift it and move it. I like the colour of the mat as well, and it looks quite nice in my hall. I go plenty of walks with my little girl in the buggy, mostly when it is dry, but plenty of times, just to get some fresh air for her and some exercise for me, I go on walks even in light rain or when a shower of rain has just past and the ground it wet and mucky. Assuming I do wipe my feet on the mat, and wheel the buggies wheels over the mat, it does generally absorb the mess and moisture, leaving nothing on my tiled floor. If it is particularly bad weather, then you may get some grubby marks beyond the marks on the floor, but it needs to be really wet outside.
THe only other comment I would make on this mat, is that it comes rolled up when you purchase it, and I did find that it took a little time to completely flatten out, which was a bit of pity, as it didn't look as nice until it did this.
All in all, I'm sure there are more expensive, fancier mats out there that hold in all moisture, regardless of how wet it is outside, but given that I didn't pay for this mat, and even if I did the price that I would have paid, then I think it is a good mat, and worth considering if you are wanting to get a new mat for a door area where you are likely to be bringing in dirty feet.
I was bought this JML magic mat by my mum about 6 months ago, as I had just accessorised my kitchen and dining room purple, she saw this mat and thought it would go nicely. I love the colour and look of this mat, it looks really nice on my floor, by my back door. However I am not really impressed with this 'magic' mat. It definitely doesn't live up to its name in my house!
The mat I have is very small, too small for my back door, however I didn't want to hurt my mums feelings as she had bought it for me, so I put up with it for a few months. We have rabbits in our garden and my boyfriend always comes in with straw or sawdust on his shoes, and this mat is always covered in rubbish! It shows up all the bits too much and always looks grubby, even though its a dark purple. The material is started to look all worn out and it needed replacing after 3 months.
One thing that I really didn't like about this mat, is that it comes folded up so you have to lay something heavy on each side to flatten it for a few days, my mum has got a grey one which was the same.
When coming in with wet and muddy feet, this mat seems to absorb quite well with just one or two people wiping their feet, but just gets so wet and takes so long to dry, it's just no good for a kitchen with so many people coming in and out of it. You do get mud still on the kitchen floor. Maybe be larger mat would be better, it does come in two different sizes, we have the small one, which is actually tiny, a lot smaller door mat than normal ones you buy.
I am not sure where my mum got this mat from, but I have searched and you can find a range of them on amazon all different prices and sizes. I would recommend for the colour and design but not for an efficient door mat!
The flat that I moved into last summer has laminate flooring throughout. This is something that I was pleased about as I have allergies and carpets can tend to accumulate dust that aggravate this. However laminate does tend to show up dirt and dust more easily than carpets and so I knew I had to invest in a doormat to try and stop as much dirt as possible coming into the flat. It was on a shopping trip to Tesco that I spotted a range of mats from JML. The one that caught my eye was the JML magic carpet. Even before I looked at this further the name made me smile as it conjured up an image of Aladdin and the Genie flying on a magic carpet!
Looking at the packaging further the manufacturers claim that this carpet is constructed from super absorbent high quality material which quickly soaks up water, moisture, mud and dirt that you may bring into the home with your shoes. There is a picture on the packaging showing how this mat compares in performance to a normal doormat. A person walks in with muddy boots - the normal doormat doesn't do a particularly good job and muddy foot prints are bought into the house whereas with the JML doormat no footprints are brought into the house. It sounded intriguing and I decided to give the mat a go. I paid around £11.99 for this.
The mat is available in a range of colours and designs. I opted for a burnt orange stripy design. The mat also come in two sizes - regular or large. The entrance to my flat is quite small so I opted for the small size, which measures 40cm x 70cm. The front of the mat has a carpet like feel to it whilst the bottom is black, non-slip plastic. My mum was also with me at the time and decided that she too would give this a go in the kitchen as the floor tends to get a bit muddy when other family members come in from the garden and forget to wipe their feet!
I was quite keen to get this mat home and put it to the test. I must admit part of me was quite sceptical about whether this would actually work but I thought I didn't have much to lose as if it didn't have any 'magical powers' it should still function well as a normal doormat. I have now been using this for the best part of 8 months now as have my parents at home and have found it to be really effective. It does an excellent job of absorbing any mud or moisture from my shoes so that none of it is brought into the rest of the flat or house. The first few times it really did surprise me and I was suitably impressed.
Even when I have been gardening and my shoes are caked in mud this does a really good job of retaining most of the mud. I say most because when my shoes are really, really muddy I do find a little does tend to come into the rest of the house but then I do think I would be expecting miracles for it to absorb all that mud! It is also great at trapping pesky bits of grass that have accumulated at the bottom of my shoes. My mum has also been suitably impressed with this. She has placed this in the kitchen by the garden door and since doing so has seen a noticeable decrease in the amount of mud and dirt in the kitchen and dining room.
Not only does it absorb mud it is great at soaking up water. In recent days we've had torrential downpours where I live which would potentially make my laminate really dirty and grimy. However I make sure I wipe my feet on this mat whenever I come in and as I walk into my hallway looking down at the floor I am always surprised to see absolutely no water marks or wet footprints! The manufacturers claim that this mat is also suitable for use in the bathroom as a bathmat and given how well it absorbs water I would have no hesitation in using this in my bathroom. The mat also dries quickly once wet.
Cleaning this mat is a doddle. It simply needs a quick vacuum and it's left looking like new. The mat is machine washable and so every so often I give this a wash in my washing machine and it comes out looking like new. Overall I am really quite impressed with this mat. It lives up to its claim that it will absorb all mud, dirt and water and leaves the rest of my floor looking clean for longer. It is also extremely hard wearing - after 8 months of constant use it still looks like new. The mat comes with a high recommendation from me.
Every one must have heard of a little company called JML who are well known for bringing strange yet quite useful things to the general public, such things as Kitchen utensils to cleaning equipment and a certain little item which I am going to tell you about. That being the normal looking but slightly more useful doormat that goes under the name if the JML magic carpet.
This magic carpet, although technically it's not a carpet, nor is it magic really as it doesn't fly, but as for the carpet name, it's more a mat as it only comes in two sizes, those being 700mm x 400mm, which is the small mat, and 900mm x 600mm, which is the large mat, so really it's a mat and not a carpet. But they do come in several colours, giving you more of an option to go with where ever you want to put it, the colours being red, blue, brown, purple and green and more, with each one having a strip going down the short sides or long side, giving them that extra little 'style'.
The first thing you may think when you hear the name JML magic carpet is the advert that claims that this carpet, sorry, this mat, can soak up moisture, water, dirt and mud due to the way the weave of the mat is put together. So when you walk over the mat what ever is on your shoes or boots will be instantly wiped off and will stay on the rug instead of being walked into your house.
Sadly though I do have to say that the claim to be able to absorb water is a bit on the exaggerated side as it doesn't stop the wet foot prints going across the floor, even if I've wiped my feet a few times.
But as for the claim about the mud and dirt, well this is a little less exaggerated as it can trap bits of mud and dirt, but does let some mud pass onto my floors.
Don't get me wrong, it does work, with-in reason, and does manage to 'trap' a lot of water, moisture, mud and dirt when you walk over it. To do a proper job of it you do have to wipe your shoes a few times over it as you would any other doormat. But once wiped this way it does take more from your shoes than your standard doormat, which it is supposed to do and is why they called it a Magic Carpet, (so it's not got anything to do with flying then?).
As for its looks, well it looks like any other doormat, apart from the harsh bristle ones that would rip the skin from your bare feet if you were silly enough to stand on them. It has a good rubber backing which does help it grip onto the floor so it doesn't slide about when you stand on it, giving you less chance of doing an example of those people on the television who tend to prance around on frozen water.
Although the rubber backing does have its downside as it tend to trap moisture underneath it, leading to you having to wipe the floor a few times.
Cleaning it is just like cleaning your normal carpet, being a matter of running it over with the a vacuum cleaner, although my upright does tend to try and eat the edges as it passes over them so I do have to be careful.
It is also washable, according to the few details that came on the cardboard that this mat was stapled to, but I haven't washed it as yet so I can't tell you what would happen if it was washed.
The other thing that I've noticed about it is that after a while, even if it's been vacuumed every day, if you turn the mat upside down there is an awful lot of dry dirt that drops out of it, and more pushed out if you run an upright vacuum over it. So it does trap dirt and hold it inside it quite well.
(try it, turn the mat upside down and run your upright over it as if you're cleaning it, then see how much duty dirt comes out).
In all, if you want to keep most of the mud, dirt and water out of your house then this will help you do that. But if you want to keep all the dirt, mud and water out of your house then take your boots off at the door, or stay inside forever.
As for the price of this 'magic carpet' which is actually a door mat?
The prices range from around £7.00 for the smaller mat to over £20.00 for the larger size, but to be honest if you shop around you'll probably find the larger ones at a much lower price than £20.00.
Are they worth the price..?
£20.00 for the larger one, hmmm, maybe not, due to the fact that a little shopping around may lead to the price that I paid for it, £11.00, which I was quite happy with. So if you can get the larger version for around a tenner then I'd say yes then, it is worth the money.
For the record there are other mats of this type, with a variety of names, all claiming to be the same as the magic mat but at a much lower price. And to be honest, as I've tried other mats from such stores as B and M, pound-stretcher and others, and have come to the conclusion that they all do the same thing, although the JML version does tend to work a bit better.
© Blissman70 2012
We have had our JML Magic Carpet now for so many years I have lost track of exactly how long it has been. We have one at the front door and it was so good and we were so impressed, we bought another one for the back door.
It cost around £16 at the time but I think they may be more expensive by now. It really is a very magic carpet and it does exactly what it says on the box in my personal opinion - it is made from small microfibres which really trap the dirt and grime and stop it from being trodden though the house - if my other half was on commission she would have made a fortune by now as she has recommended these so may times to friends and family and they have all been equally impressed.
The carpet comes in a range of colours, though most of them are in the grey, brown or black variety. We have brown in the kitchen and dark grey at the front door. If I have just cut the grass and it has been a bit damp outside, all I need to do is stand on the mat (and not even really move my feet much) and it manages to cling hold of the bits of grass so they don't go on the kitchen lino.
It can also be washed at forty degrees and this does not detract from its ability to grip hold of the dirt and grime at all. Do NOT use a fabric conditioner on this carpet though as I personally can vouch for the fact that it stops the microfibres from working as well - just use washing powder or liquid.
It really is a fantastic product and if you want one get one I say.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
I have been looking for a mat for inside my French doors. They lead straight into my kitchen and as my house is all open plan I was fed up sitting in my lounge and being able to see muddy foot (and paw) prints. I have a no shoes rule when anybody comes in the front door but when we walk in from the garden the floor tended to get messy particularly when Mark has mown the lawn. I had fancied a JML Magic Carpet for ages but was put of by the price, £19.99.
I bought my JML Magic Carpet mat from my local Netto where they were being sold for £14.99.
The mat comes with just a card wrapper around the middle of it so you can feel the mat before buying. JML make a claim on the wrapper that they are trying to be more environmentally aware and reducing their packaging, and donate a percentage of their profits to the World Land Trust, www.worldlandtrust.org, but they don't actually state what percentage that is.
The wrapper is brightly coloured with different pictures of the Magic Carpet in Various places around the home. They claim that their mat will be "hard wearing, trap dirt like magic, protect any type of floor, is made from ultra absorbent fibre and dries quickly. The wrapper also informs the customer that the mat can be washed in the washing machine on a 40 wash.
JML Magic carpets come in several colour choices, blue, green, red, heather and an orangey brown. I opted for the heather as it was the one that went with my colour scheme. I bought the large size which is 60 x 90cm's.
As I mentioned I chose the heather mat, it is mostly plain in colour with 2 stripes running down each side. These are in a slightly lighter shade and outlined in black. The JML mat has a non slip backing which is really very good. Once in place it just doesn't move.
The mat has a soft fuzzy feel to it, when you walk on it its almost like a soft varelco.
I placed my mat by the French doors, at first it was curled where it had been in the wrapper but it only took a matter of minuets before it was nice and flat.
The biggest test for my mat was when Mark cut the grass. Usually after he's done this it ends up all over the kitchen but I was pleased to say this time it didn't. The mat actually does seem to grip the dirt on your shoes and hang on to it. I noticed when we had the hose out to pressure wash the patio that the kitchen floor remained virtually dry. When we've had the hose out in the past despite wiping our shoes we still get wet foot prints across the kitchen floor.
The JML Magic Carpet is ideal for a doorway that leads straight from the garden. It picks up the dirt and keeps it on the mat. Im impressed with it! I've also had to wash my mat after one of my little fur balls was sick on it! I am pleased to say that the JML mat washes up perfectly and did, as it claimed, dry quickly.
All in all I'm very pleased with my Magic Carpet. It lives up to all its claims very well. It would make an ideal bath mat being so absorbent and non slip. In fact this mat would suit elderly people or those a bit unsteady on their feet, very well too. My old Great Grandma had loads of mats all over her carpet so it didn't get dirty. This sort of mat would have prevented several trip ups for her.
I would recommend the JML Magic Carpet, it is well worth the full asking price.
If you have seen the TV ad for the JML magic carpet, you would no doubt be impressed by the claims made. In the ad, you see various people and animals with muddy feet, walking over the carpet onto a shiny floor, and miraculously, the dirt has disappeared from their feet without them having to wipe them, due to the ultra absorbent fibres in the carpet "sucking" the moisture and dirt from their feet so quickly!
When I had my front porch decorated and some new lino put down, I wanted a new mat, and I remembered the ad I had seen on TV. As I had some Amazon vouchers, I bought a magic carpet from Amazon for my porch, hoping that it would live up to the amazing claims in the ad. The carpet I bought was the large version, which measures 60 x 90 cm. There is also a small mat version, which is 40 x 70 in size. You can get various colours, but mine is the brown one pictured above.
When I got the mat, I remember thinking that it didn't seem particularly large for a "large" mat, but I suppose I should have checked the measurements first. The mat was a nice neutral colour that would suit most rooms in the home. Due to the absorbency claims made by the manufacturers, I expected the mat to feel very soft and velvety, like a microfibre cloth, but it felt wooly and wiry like a regular mat. The mat had a rubbery backing which extended to border the fabric, which created a good non slip base.
The mat looked nice in the porch, an unlike the runner that had been there previously, did not slip about, which made it safer than a regular mat. Another difference I found between this and a regular mat it that it does not pool dust underneath, or gather a lot of dust. The mat can be washed in the washing machine, and wash well, but does not need washing very often as it does not show up the dirt. It is very easy to vacumm, too, and that keeps it looking like new.
What about the claims of super absorbency? Well, I must admit, this is what let the mat down slightly. Personally, I did not find the mat any more absorbent than a regular mat, and it certainly does not suck all the water from my shoes if I stand on it, nor does it prevent my cat making wet footprints in the house. I trhink the points made on the TV ad were unrealistic, and don't resemble my experience with the mat.
Despite that, I would recommend the mat, as it is definitely superior to other mats I have used. The biggest plus side for me is that fact that the corners don't curl up and the mat stays put. Also the fact that the mat is washable. I have had it for about 6 months and I expect it to last several years. This is a very high quality product. As for the price, well, I don't think I would have paid £17.50 for it if I hadn't had the Amazon vouchers, but I'm glad I bought it, and I am considering getting another one for by the back door.