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How Mudrooms Improve Indoor Air Quality and Keep Pollutants Out

How Mudrooms (Japanese Genkan) Improves Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

A mudroom is essentially a super-functional entryway. As the kids and family head in and out all day everyday things can quickly get, well, muddy. Keeping your home clean and organized from front door to back yard begins with your mudroom. A welcoming entrance, structured to benefit you and your family’s daily routine, will help keep everyone tidy and on time.

Not only does a mudroom keep out the dirt, it also helps contain the allergens and pollutants that taint indoor air quality and irritate respiratory health. Indoor air quality is one of the top 5 health concerns in America. In fact, indoor air is often worse than outdoor air due to modern tight-homes that recirculate air without enough proper ventilation.

If you’re newly interested in this trend, or want to upgrade your current entry and exit routine, read our tips for building and maintaining a mudroom. Having this area is one of the best defenses against tracking pollutants through your home and into your lungs. Don’t bring the outdoors home with you. Here’s how:

Mudroom Essentials

  1. Consider the layout

You’ll want to think about your day-to-day activities. How many bags and backpacks will you need to hang? How many coats? This will help you hang the right amount of hooks and consider appropriate shelving. Where will you place the shoes? Will you put a bench in your mudroom nook to sit and remove shoes upon entry? These are all fun and functional points to consider when you are building your custom mudroom.

Your needs may be different in the summer than during the school year. And different in winter and fall than in warmer and less wet months. A mudroom is multifunctional, transforming itself to you and your family’s needs. Based on the layout of your entryway, you can add shelving and storage to organize accordingly.

You may choose to build your mudroom through your garage instead of your entryway. It’s up to you. Regardless, it’s best to have the basics. These are some of the things to have in your mudroom:

  • Storage
  • Shelving
  • Cabinets
  • Baskets
  • Hooks
  • Built-in-bench
  • Drawers
  • Space for shoes
  • Distinct area for each need
  • Durable fabrics and paint
  • A mat, or two!
  • Pillows or personal touches
  1. Storage & Setup is key

You don’t need to sacrifice style for the convenience of a mudroom. You can structure the storage anyway that best fits your home and it’s aesthetic. A mudroom can technically have all white cabinets – the word ‘mud’ in its name doesn’t necessarily mean anything will get ruined!

The idea behind building a hyper-organized mudroom is that you’re instantly greeted by a mat to wipe your shoes, a place to set your shoes, hangers to place your bags and helmets, and baskets to throw keys, mail and other miscellaneous necessities. It’s a relaxing and sanitary way to begin and end your work or school day.

The more obviously things are organized, the easier it will be to keep it organized over time. Label compartments, color code, and evenly space. Finding things quickly and storing them neatly are two of the biggest perks of a mudroom. When you are considering types of storage, shelving, and cabinetry, think simple, sturdy, and stylish.

If you are placing pillows or other fabric items in your mudroom, use materials that are stain and water -resistant. Laminate, for example, is very easy to clean and a smart option for cabinets. When it comes to paint, there are options that are better at resisting scuffs and dirt. Investment in these details up front will prevent excess cleaning and retouches.

  1. Add a mat, combat moisture

A mudroom that keeps moisture and pollutants out is not complete without a mat. The reason that a mat (or two) is important is because it’s the first thing your shoes meet when you get to the door. Place one mat outside the door to wipe the dirt off your shoes, and one right inside the door to absorb any extra debris and wetness. Mats combat moisture and ensure better indoor air quality. They’re an important edition to any mudroom and home.

Choosing the right mat is really just about being realistic about how dirty the mudroom will be getting. Do you have kids coming home from soccer practice with soiled cleats? Or do you live solo and just need a simple place to put your coat, keys, shoes, and work bag?

For a dirtier daily routine, consider a heavy-duty scraper mat. They’re so durable, you and your pets can wipe off mud and snow and you can hose it off when a clean is needed. This is best for the outside doormat. If that’s not necessary grab a mat made of natural fibers. A coir fiber mat, for instance, is ideal for absorbing water, and best prevents mold and mildew caused by moister damage.

When you are constructing your mudroom, consider putting in a built-in-bench or some form of seating near the door. Then once shoes are wiped, they can be easily taken off and stored underneath. A mudroom prevents the tracking of debris and other pollutants through the home, keeping everyone healthy and busy moms happy. Having a routine for entry and exit into the home makes every day a whole lot cleaner and less chaotic.

For more information on indoor air quality solutions and mudroom design with the best moisture defense, talk to the home service experts at Gold Medal Service. We help keep your home and your air healthy from season to season, just like your mudroom.

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