Product Review: The Dirty Dog Doormat

by Susi on April 4, 2014

in Absorbant mat, Dirty Dog Mat, door mat, Product review, Product Reviews

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Yesterday morning, I woke up to this:

It was wet. It was heavy, and the dogs loved it.

shouldn’t have been surprised. Colorado’s complex geography of mountains, canyons, plains and valleys leads to complex climate, and residents have been known to experience a 75 degree day and a bitter snowstorm all in the same 24 hours. Put another way, there’s reason the state slogan is, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.”  

That said, the weather can’t get warmer fast enough for me. It’s been a dreary winter and I’ve been ready for a tulip-sprouting spring. This wasn’t it. 

Normally,  Colorado snow is light and fluffy, stuff we skiers call “champagne powder.” Ten inches of champagne powder is so light, it can be blown off a deck with a good Metro Dryer, but that’s not what fell last night. What fell last night was white cement: Heavy, wet, and “sticky.”

This isn’t a bad picture – honest. It’s the best one can do with a really black Puli against really white snow. Well, maybe it’s a sort of bad picture.

It was the kind of “sticky”snow that forms tiny little snow balls in a dog’s coat and never lets go.

No joke, this picture was taken 45 minutes after the dog came in!

It’s no mystery, then, that after a spring snowstorm, my floors look like this…………………..

……………….or this:

……………or that this common household item becomes as much a part of the decor as the furniture:

I know what you're thinking here. Don't. Even. Say. It.

I know what you’re thinking here. Don’t. Even. Go. There.

I’ve long suspected that my dogs have made sport out of this time of year by holding competitions: Which of them can attract the most amount of snow to their cords, track it into the house, shake it off, and cause me to skid across a wet floor at the greatest velocity before hitting drywall and leaving a cut-out shape of my body? One day, I fully expect them to whip out score cards from underneath their cords to assess me on style and grace.

All kidding aside, I saw opportunity with this snowstorm. I’ve been wanting to “test drive” the “Dirty Dog Doormat” made by Dog Gone Smart for some time, and the conditions yesterday were ideal.

The "Dirty Dog Doormat"

The “Dirty Dog Doormat”

The “Dirty Dog Doormat” touts itself as a mat made of “magical Microfiber Technology” that magically (and instantly) soaks up to seven times its weight in water, mud and dirt through millions of microfiber strands, but as far as I’m concerned, the real experts of “magical” and “instantly” are the owners of corded dogs.  If the mat passed the “wet Puli test,” I could recommend it.

 

The darker areas are quite wet just from a quick stroll by a wet dog

I played with the exposure in this photograph to better show contrast. The darker areas are quite damp just from a Puli walking over it (the white is a decorative paw print design)

I was impressed.  The longer the dog stood on the mat, the greater the amount of water the mat absorbed, and even a simple stroll over it soaked up an impressive amount of moisture.

The details: The mats come in brown, maroon and khaki, and two sizes: Medium:  31″ x 20″ and large: 35″ x 26.”  They’re also available as dog runners: 60″ x 30″ (which will be my next acquisition). The mats can be used in cars, crates, and under food and water bowls, but I can’t wait to try the mat out on a grooming table while splitting down the coat of a wet Puli.

The mats can be machined washed (but don’t use fabric softener) and should be line-dried.  They retail for $49.99, but shop around. At the time of this writing, Pet Flow has them listed at 19.99.

This is the official video for the Dirty Dog Mat:

The Dirty Dog Doormat gets a resounding two thumbs up from me.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Charlee April 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

Interesting…..wonder what it would do for dirt. WET isn’t much of a problem in a drought area. A coated special that digs? THAT can be a problem, esp if he plays in the water bucket and THEN digs. ::sigh::

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Susi April 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Charlee, judging by another comment here, it works well on mud. “Betsy” reported that after walking over the mat with muddy feet, her dogs left behind no paw prints. Take a look at her comment…..

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Debra Anne April 4, 2014 at 1:28 pm

My problem is that it is the same material that some of the dog toys are now made from. My crew will either lay down and chew on it or drag it into their crate

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Susi April 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Well, yes, I can see where that would be a problem, Debra. I wish I had free samples I could hand out so you could try it out first. I’ll work on that, grin.

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Betsy April 4, 2014 at 11:38 pm

I have the 60 x 30 size (Came yesterday), And we’ve had rain for 2 days. Which means, MORE water and dirt. We put out the mat, and by god, as the dogs walked (or ran) over the 60 foot length and then off it…there were NO dirty wet pawprints. Heck, there weren’t ANY pawprints of ANY kind. Granted, I no longer have a coated breed, but it sure passes the test for the salukis. I can stand in such a way that they have to hit the entire 5 ft length of this mat…which sometimes means each foot may only hit it once, but it seems to work just as well as if they walk slowly and hit the mat several times. I am quite seriously impressed and may have to get a 2nd one so I can swap them out when they need washing. Highly recommend this product.

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Susi April 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm

It works pretty well, doesn’t it, Betsy. It’s always a good sign when we want to buy more of something – and I’ll be looking for a good deal on the runners.

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Betsy April 4, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Well fooey, it’s not a 60 foot length, it’s a 5 ft length (60 inches.) I should just goto bed. LOL

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TS aka Chuck April 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Where is it made?

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Susi April 5, 2014 at 1:32 pm

TS, I KNEW there was something I forgot to mention and you’ve reminded me! Thanks for that, I’d just now edited the article to mention (with regret) that the mats are made in China.

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TS aka Chuck April 6, 2014 at 11:39 am

Thanks. And darn.

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Susi April 6, 2014 at 11:49 am

I hear ya, TS.

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Janet October 22, 2014 at 8:31 am

Have you washed the large (60 inches) yet. Did it hold up in the washer? I’ve seen some reviews of similar material products that say they shed and fall apart in the washer.

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Susi October 22, 2014 at 9:47 am

Janet, I’ve washed mine now a few times and it has held its shape, but I also line dry it. After I wrote this review, a few folks suggested I try a similar rug one can find at Ikea – which I did. The Ikea rug is a bath mat and not intended to “soak up” pet feet, but the weave, fabric and texture is very similar to the Dirty Dog Doormat which is thicker. Both do the job, but I still prefer the Dirty Dog Doormat because it IS thicker, and with my breed, I can use all the help I can get.

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GF November 29, 2014 at 2:54 pm

This rug is awesome in absorbing and also catching dirt. I have the large size maroon colored rug. However I found out that when it got wet, it stained by tile floor underneath and I cannot get the stain out. Not sure if the other colors do that, but will now have to always have to have a rug in that area due to the stains.

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Kim Chapman September 30, 2016 at 4:43 pm

So has anyone else had an issue after washing it in the washer? Mine absorbed all the water in the washer and came out sopping wet. I rung it out as best I could and hung it to dry outside, but it’s 2 days now and it’s still wet. Any suggestions on a quicker way to dry it? It’s useless at this point

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Susi October 4, 2016 at 9:40 am

Kim, we’ve not come across this complain before, though it sounds like a problem we’ve had with our washing machine when it wasn’t balanced. Presumably, your other loads of laundry are fine, so consider rewashing the mat with a bunch of other towels to balance the load. If it still comes out sopping wet, call the company and ask (insist) for advice. Do you have their contact information?

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Rebecca December 5, 2016 at 12:43 pm

I have the same problem. My machine refuses to spin the rugs as they are too heavy. I have tried washing them individually and two at a time. I have a brand new large capacity Maytag washer. I have rung the rugs out by hand and hung them. This is day three and they are still wet. Help!

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Susi January 31, 2017 at 10:40 am

Hi Rebecca, I apologize that it’s been a month since you asked about the problem you were having with your mat not drying, but I did call the Dirty Dog Doormat people (the Dog Gone Smart company) and told them of the issue this morning. They suggested that you wash one mat at a time, and then after washing the mat, either hang dry it with a fan aimed at it, or put it in the dryer at the lowest setting so as to not compromise the integrity of the mat’s backing. If you try this, please let me know if it worked?

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Susi January 31, 2017 at 10:38 am

Kim, I know it’s been over a year since you asked about the problem you were having with your mat not drying, but another person recently wrote with the same problem. I called the Dirty Dog Doormat people (the Dog Gone Smart company) and told them of the issue. They suggested that after washing the mat, either hang dry it with a fan aimed at it, or put it in the dryer at the lowest setting so as to not compromise the integrity of the mat’s backing. If you try this, please let me know if it worked?

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kathy February 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm

I have also had the problem with the rug coming out of the washer wringing wet. Wondering if it is because the washer is a HE one?? Have the rug draped over the picnic table outside (it is not even dripping water even though it is very very very wet). Plan on taking the rug to a laundry mat tomorrow – sure hope it dries – otherwise my rating for the rug goes from a 10+ to a negative 1. Having a rug that absorbs dirt and moisture that cannot be washed and dried is useless.

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kathy February 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm

I have also had the problem with the rug coming out of the washer wringing wet. Wondering if it is because the washer is a HE one?? Have the rug draped over the picnic table outside (it is not even dripping water even though it is very wet). Plan on taking the rug to a laundry mat tomorrow – sure hope it dries – otherwise my rating for the rug goes from a 10+ to a negative 1. Having a rug that absorbs dirt and moisture that cannot be washed and dried is useless.

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Susi February 11, 2017 at 2:56 pm

I imagine you’ve read my response to Rebecca below, Kathy – and it occurs to me that perhaps the manufacturer should hear from you (you never know, perhaps your rug is a defect that the Dog Gone Smart folks don’t know about? Perhaps they’d consider replacing it to see if a new one fares better???).

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