Since the mid-1800’s, people have been using scrapers of one type or another to extract dirt and debris from the bottoms of boots and shoes. In 1840’s Belgium, boot scrapers lined the sidewalks until they were considered a public safety issue and removed. After that, boot scrapers took up residence outside homes to become today’s doormat. From then on, boot scrapers have taken on different forms such as brushes and contraptions that rotate bristles around the sole and sides of shoes.
The Production Process
While scrapers might be made from several different fibers and fabrics, the coir boot scraper is considered superior to standard scrapers and devices. Coir scrapers are made from the processed fibers of coconut hulls and hold up better than common materials. The production process of coir boot scrapers consists of well over a dozen steps. India’s Coirboard, an oversight organization, has several informational video tutorials on the demanding process of producing quality scrapers.
What to Look for in a Coir Boot Scraper
Quality coir boot scrapers go through over a dozen steps in the process of their production. Mats are loomed and tightly woven then molded around a flat wire to create a matted surface. The fibers have superior water resistance, making them less likely to grow mold or mildew. Coir is a strong, enduring fiber that resists its own decay.
The coir boot scraper should do the job it was intended for. Regular doormats, metal scrapers, and shoe contraptions do little to trap dirt and debris, leaving it behind for the next person to track in. Coir boot scrapers work best with an undulating surface and stiff fibers to get into nooks and crannies of boot and shoe treads, trapping dirt rather than leaving it on the surface.
Coir boot scrapers come in various shapes, from the mat to three-dimensional handheld scrapers. They can adorn the front door or be kept at the ready for quick trips in and out of anywhere, even the car.
Easy to Maintain
Coir boot scrapers are easily cleaned by shaking loose any trapped debris, sweeping with a stiff broom, or using a vacuum’s crevice tool to extract dirt. The coir boot scraper’s resistance to water means it won’t leave a wet mess on the doorstep, unlike regular mats.
Coconut is a sustainable long-lasting product. A scraper’s coir fibers should be stiff, trimmed, and tightly woven for a steadfast product.
Coir boot scrapers come in several different sizes, styles, and designs, fitting most decor. Look for availability in various piles for ideal indoor and outdoor use.
When its time to replace the worn out scraper at the front door or update the bathroom with a stylish mat that resists water, think of coir boot scrapers. Not only can they keep homes clean and extend the life of floors and flooring, but coir boot scrapers also resist bacteria and breakdown. Quality coir will last and last, outperforming standard scrapers while leaving a little charm at the front door.