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Old 10-14-2010, 06:53 PM   #1
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Question Entry Mat Creep

OK - I haven't said anything about it for over five years now - but I find it most peculiar how fast and how far the original Airstream entry mat creeps across the carpeted floor!!! No matter how often I replace it next to the threshold of the door, the next time I look it has moved anywhere from 6 inches to 12 inches away from the door. I keep checking it out of the corner of my eye when watching TV - but I've never been able to catch it moving - and I've never noticed any excessive movement when it's stepped on. It's sort of like those rocks out in the desert that leave unmistakable trails without ever having been observed in the process of moving! If no one else has observed this "entry mat creep" I'll never mention it again - although I'm seriously considering time-lapse photography to catch the mat in the act!
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Old 10-14-2010, 07:32 PM   #2
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:50 PM   #3
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Ours does that too. There are a couple of area rugs also in here to protect the traffic of two people, and they too manage to creep a certain way.
It is no telling how many times I have stopped and put them where they are supposed to be. Makes you wonder if they weren't there what would the carpet itself do over time?
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:08 PM   #4
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It's ants in the carpet. They use the area rug as cover to try and move into a better viewing line of the television. They especially like Sponge Bob so you may be able to see it move if you tune in. You can stop them by putting this under the area rug as it makes it too difficult for them to move it....

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Old 10-14-2010, 09:29 PM   #5
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I like the "ants" idea, but the reason for the movement is more mundane.

Almost all cut-pile carpets have grain to the pile. You can see this by rubbing a hand over the carpet and noting that the pile stands up when rubbed in one direction and lays down when rubbed in the other. With another mat or carpet on top, the carpet pile underneath lays down and springs back up again when stepped on or vibrated. The result is that the overlying mat moves.

Our solution? Velcro (loop) patches screwed (through the carpet) to the plywood floor and corresponding patches (hook) glued to the back of the mat on top.

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You mean some creep keeps moving your entry mat?
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Our mat isn't a Airstream mat but it also creeps but it creeps towards the door sometimes causing the door not to shut completely. It's a conspiracy.
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Interesting about the ant theory. I thought it was mice. Always dragging the mat to the left. Wait a minute; that sounded political, didn't it? Maybe French ants. Or frogs.

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