Keep mud outside!

A great line of defence is to put a Turtle Mat just inside the front or back door, which traps most of the dust, wet mud and dirt – and is really brilliant if you have pets (www.turtlemat.co.uk).

There are loads of great designs and colours to choose from – from trad to contemporary – and, best of all, most of the rugs can be machine-washed and tumble-dried.

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