“ Brand: Past Times / Misc House Type: Doormat „
I am quite proud of my home and one area that I have been working on improving recently is my hallway. In addition to this I have a shared hallway with one other neighbour as I live in a new build flat. While out shopping last year around Christmas time I noticed that our Past Times store, that had only arrived a few months before, was having a closing down sale. I popped in to pick up some Christmas musical ornaments and some other nicks and nacks that I already had my eye on for potential January sales and one item that I spotted while I was in store was this 'Beware of the cat' doormat.
Now I already owned a doormat, that was doing the job fine, but it was plain, thin and boring looking. In addition to this a courier had left an item on my doormat which was there for two days before it was brought in (I was away as were my neighbours) and this lead to my doormat being curled up in one corner and no matter what I done it just always rolled up slightly after that. Obviously I only use a doormat to wipe my feet so this wasn't initially a big deal but then I started catching my heels on it on the way out in the morning and that is what finally prompted me to pick this doormat up when I saw it, well, that and I do actually have a cat who is quite mischievous! I paid £9.00 for my mat and I can see that it is currently in the sale on their website once again for the same price down from its £15.00 full price.
This mat is made from coir which is that bristly type material that tickles your hand if you stroke it, also in addition that my cat actually seems to love this mat and if she goes outside when the front door is opened she often gets distracted by this enabling me to pick her up and bring her back inside with ease. The dimensions of this door mat are 2.2cm deep, 45cm high and 75cm wide. This makes it quite a generous size for in front of my door and I have lots of room to wipe my feet when I am coming home with mud or water all over my shoes.
This mat is quite nice to look at really and there are 10 cats around the outside of the mat in various positions. In addition to this there are the words 'BEWARE OF THE CAT' printed on it. This really is a novelty item for me and naturally people aren't actually going to be petrified of my 7 pound domestic long haired cat!
With regards to shedding this mat has stayed looking good for several months now. When I first bought it and put it in place I did notice that there were some loose pieces of coir but this was easily rectified by vacuuming the mat once or twice. I now probably vacuum it once a month but I haven't noticed an excessive amount of coir falling out either which is fantastic as this is used several times a day, at least, most days. This mat seems to remove dirt from shoes with ease and I haven't trod any mud through in to my hallway since putting this mat outside my front door. I can leave the mat to dry if need be because either shaking it over my balcony or giving it a brush with a stiff brush to remove any dried dirt. This isn't something I need to do very often as it takes quite a large amount of dirt before it really becomes noticeable.
I am really pleased with this doormat. A couple of people have commented on it and found it quite comical which is always nice. People now know to be scared of my cat (haha!) before they come in (I'm kidding of course) and my door has a welcoming mat where people can wipe their feet without worrying about treading mud through my home. 5 out of 5 from me!
I saw this doormat on the Past Times website recently and it was exactly what I had been looking for. I have 3 cats and their greatest pleasure is to sharpen their claws on the doormat or any carpet for that matter. They have managed to ruin the mat I had at my front door which was rather thin and not what I would call a traditional doormat. This one looked much thicker and sturdier. It was £15.00 but when I checked today it has been reduced to £12.00.
It is made from Coir, which is used in a lot of things apart from doormats such as brushes and mattresses. Coir is a natural fibre that comes from the husk of the coconut when it is ripe.
The Past Times doormat is called Beware Of The Cat, and is one of the reasons I was first drawn to it. It has pictures of cats all around the edges. Some are standing, some are sitting. There are different types of cats too, both long and short haired. As I've got 2 long and 1 short haired cats I instantly fell in love with it. The cats are done in solid black colour and have no features.
In the centre of the mat are the words Beware Of The Cat. These are also in black and are done in capitol letters.
The mat is a nice size. Its approximately 2cm's deep which is nice and thick and I think helps it to stop slipping. It measures 75cm's x 45cm's so its big enough for large feet to be wiped on it.
The mat lays nice and flat and doesn't curl up which I'm pleased about, it has a course feel to it and takes any dirt or wetness from your shoes or boots with just a quick wipe, and being quite large and sturdy it doesn't move when you wipe your feet.
To clean my doormat I just run the Hoover over it or if its particularly wet and muddy I leave it to dry then give it a good brush. I wouldn't recommend putting it in water as I think this would ruin it.
I'm pleased with my doormat. Apart from it saving many a muddy kitchen floor ( from shoes and paws!) I love the cat pictures on it. It causes a few comments too with its Beware Of The Cat wording ( mine are little darlings though). And one of the really good things is all my little fluff balls absolutely love it to sharpen their claws on it. In fact they seem to use it more than the carpets or the furniture now so the mat has a dual purpose and despite all this claw sharpening it remains in good condition.
The website does recommend that it is suitable for indoors and sheltered outdoor use. So you need to be careful if you use this outside your door.
When it is getting near to Christmas my sister and I tend to give one another a few ideas as to what we would like to give each other a bit of help with present buying. We then tend to get one or two 'surprises' as well.
This year one of my surprises from Helen was a new doormat and I love it!
The mat in question was purchased from Past Times and when I saw the tag (without the price of course) I was a bit worried that she had spent a fortune as the prices in there can be a bit steep! She assured me that she had bought it in the sale though so that was OK!
Incidentally we usually have a laugh on Christmas Day telling one another about various special offers and freebies that we have managed to get for each other. Some people think we're awful but we think it is great that the other one has managed to get good presents without breaking the bank!
But I digress .......................
The mat in question is a coir mat and it is suitable for indoor or 'sheltered outdoor use'. It measures 40.64cm wide by 68.58cm long by 2.2cm deep which is pretty standard for a coir mat. It currently costs £12.50 in the sale.
The real reason for the purchase of this mat was the fact that it had the words BEWARE OF THE CAT written across the middle of it in black. There are then ten black cats around the edge of the wording in different poses - sitting, lying, standing, stretching etc.
If you want to take a look at it you can visit the website at www.pasttimes.com and to find it I just searched on the word cat. Of course you could just look at the picture at the top of this page!
When we came home from my sister's house we unpacked our presents and I put the mat on the floor and Mew immediately went to investigate.
Now Mew has always loved scratching the carpets and we have let him get on with it as they are the ones that were in the house when we moved in so they aren't anything special. As soon as he walked over to the new mat he straight away began to have a good old scratch and he loved it! Being coir it has more resistance than the softer carpets and this must feel nicer to his claws. Initially quite a few little bits came off the mat as he scratched it but I think this was just odd bits that hadn't been secured properly. It certainly didn't change the appearance of the mat at all.
We had been wondering where to put the new mat and Mew's reaction made our minds up for us. We have a little sun room on the side of the house which is known as Mew's room and it has access to the garden at the back and in to the kitchen. We have placed the mat in Mew's room next to the kitchen door. That way Mew can use it for a good scratch and we can wipe our feet on the way in from the garden before we walk on our new tiled kitchen floor.
As it is a coir mat it is really good for getting any dirt off our shoes before we come in as the surface of it is rough and gets into the tread of our shoes. Any mud that gets on the mat is just allowed to dry and can then be brushed off easily.
So there you are then - an ideal present which is useful to us, fun for Mew and didn't cost a fortune! Can't be bad!
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