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WIN! A Signed Copy of Dee Hardwicke’s ‘Little Colour Knits’ Book and Cherry Tree & Leaves Breakfast Set

On October 9th, 2014 Rebecca Wilson wrote on the subject of Competition.

Dee logo and WIN

 

 

 

 

WIN – To celebrate the launch of Hawthorn, our latest addition to the Dee Hardwicke collection, we are offering one lucky winner a signed copy of Dee’s Little Colour Knits book as well as a Dee Hardwicke Cherry Tree & Leaves breakfast set worth over £135.

Hawthorn Turtle Mat doormatThe lucky winner (as well as two runners-up) will also receive the Hawthorn Placement design Turtle Mat, new to our Dee Hardwicke collection.

Click here to find out more and to enter:  http://www.turtlemat.co.uk/dee-hardwicke-competition/form.aspxIllustration - rain cloud and wellies

Closing date for entries: 30/11/2014

 

Get Crafty – Exclusive Dee Hardwicke Knitted Reindeer Pot Stand

On October 9th, 2014 Rebecca Wilson wrote on the subject of Uncategorized.

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We’ve teamed up with Dee Hardwicke to bring you this exclusive knitted reindeer pot stand pattern – perfect for Christmas entertaining!

We’re also offering one lucky knitter the opportunity to win a signed copy of Dee Hardwicke’s Little Colour Knits her highly successful knitting book in collaboration with Rowan yarns. Just send us your pics of your finished knitted reindeer pot stand on Facebook by 30/11/2014 to be in with a chance of winning.

Dee - Rudolph mat

 

Just click on the pattern below and then print to get started in creating your reindeer pot stand. You’ll also find all the instructions you need below the pattern.

 

 

All images, designs and charts © Dee Hardwicke 2014

Dee - Reindeer Pot Stand

Finished Size: 20cm x 18cm approx

Yarns: 1 x 25g ball each of Rowan Fine Tweed in Buckden 364 (A) and Bainbridge 369 (B)

Needles: Pair of 3.25mm (US 3) knitting needles

Tension: 26sts and 34 rows to 10cm/4in square measured over stocking stitch using 3.25mm (US 3) needles, or size to obtain correct tension.

Notes:

Charts are read from right to left for a right side (knit) row and left to right for a wrong side (purl) row. Strand the yarn across the tile borders for this pot stand, and use the intarsia technique for working the reindeer.

The intarsia technique allows you to knit a motif on a specific area of your work, without the need to strand yarn across the entire width of a row as you would with Fair Isle colour work. When you come to change colour, you just need to make sure that you secure the old yarn with the new one to avoid getting any holes.

For a right side row:

Knit the row in your base colour until you get to the point where you need to change colour. Drop the working yarn, bring the new colour up from underneath and over the “old” colour, and knit with it. When it comes to changing again, simply do the same. Drop the colour you have been knitting with, bring the new colour up from underneath and over the old one, and knit with it.

For a wrong side:

Purl up to the colour change. Drop the old yarn, bring up the new from underneath and over the old yarn and purl the stitch with the new yarn.

Often you won’t be changing colour for a vertical line. As long as you always remember to bring the new yarn over the old, you will avoid holes for a more intricate pattern.

Pot stand:

Using 3.25mm (US 3) needles and yarn A, cast on 53 stitches. Working in stocking stitch throughout and using chart as a guide, work all rows of colour chart to complete pot stand. For neatness, we recommend knitting the first and last stitches of each row to ensure your pot stand sits flat. Cast off using yarn A.

Making up:

Block or press to size as preferred. Sew in ends.

 

All images, designs and charts © Dee Hardwicke 2014

Walks We Love: St. Ives, Bingley

On October 7th, 2014 Rebecca Wilson wrote on the subject of The Great Outdoors.

Here at Turtle Towers, we simply love the Great Outdoors. With the Cotswolds being right on our doorstep we take any opportunity we can to get our walking boots on and head out into the countryside. To us, there are few better ways to spend a weekend than a long walk followed by a cosy pub lunch.

The view from Druid's Altar, Bingley

St. Ives Coach House, Bingley

There are so many beautiful parts of the country to muddy your boots in. To share our love of walking and exploring our heritage, last weekend we set up our very own ‘Turtle Trek’ and invited along a lovely group of bloggers to join us. And where could be better than walker’s paradise, Yorkshire?

Walking around St. Ives, Bingley

Autumn Berries

Coppice Pond, Bingley

With a little help from our friend Cedric at Walk in Yorkshire, our bloggers put on their waterproofs and, braving the autumnal weather, set out to conquer the trails of St. Ives in Bingley, West Yorkshire.

Druid's Altar, Bingley

The St. Ives Estate, Bingley

Turtle Trek at St. Ives

St. Ives Country Park has a long history dating back to the Neolithic era. Today you can see the mansion house, Coppice Pond, and a woodland trail dotted with intricate wooden carvings. Heading out towards the moor, there is Druid’s Altar with stunning views over the Aire Valley and over to Ilkley Moor.

Chainsaw Carving at St. Ives, Bingley

Our walk ended with a well-deserved feast at the Brown Cow in Bingley town. The creative presentation, delicious fare and great company were a perfect way to recover after blowing out the cobwebs on the trek.

Lunch at The Brown Cow, Bingley

Lunch at The Brown Cow, Bingley        Lunch at The Brown Cow, Bingley

 

Thanks to Anna, Tilly, Jen and Fran who joined us – we can’t wait for the next #TurtleTrek!

You can download the St. Ives walk for yourself here.

 

What is your favourite country walk? Let us know in the comments or over on Twitter!

 

How House Proud is the UK?

On July 31st, 2014 Rebecca Wilson wrote on the subject of In the Home.

Here at Turtle Mat we quite understandably spend an inordinate amount of time with shoes, doorways, and mud on our minds. Having been providing mats for the entrances of homes up and down the UK for twenty years now, we decided to do some research into your habits and attitudes; do you keep your shoes on or take them off before you enter your home? We were also curious to find out about how guests are received into our homes – do we ask them to remove their shoes too or are we too polite to inconvenience them? In our quest to find the most house proud cities in the UK, we also uncovered some unexpected findings. We learnt that just a few miles’ distance can lead to a completely different attitude. We also learnt that no matter how house proud some of us are, being polite and giving our guests a warm welcome can be far more important. Here are the full results: Turtle Mat House Proud Survey Results How do things compare in your home? Share your thoughts below!

The Cotswolds’ Top Picks: B&Bs

On July 3rd, 2014 Rebecca Wilson wrote on the subject of The Great Outdoors.

With picture-perfect thatched-roof cottages, medieval churches, honey-coloured limestone and miles of arable fields, it is little wonder that the Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) almost 50 years ago. But like many British AONBs, the region is replete with B&Bs and hotels vying for your attention and the choice available can seem overwhelming. So how can you find the place for you?

With this in mind, we’ve put together a rundown of the best B&Bs the Cotswolds has to offer. Our choices are based on consistently high TripAdvisor ratings, personal experiences and distinguishing features that put them ahead of the competition.

Horse and Groom – Bourton-on-the-Hill

Cotswolds B&B Map - Bourton-on-the-Hill“Best all-rounder”        

Average cost (double occupancy): £120 – £170 per night

Location: Bourton-on-the-Hill (near Stow-on-the-Wold)

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TripAdvisor

Food: Full restaurant

 

Horse and Groom

Situated in the chocolate-box village of Bourton-on-the-Hill, this handsome Georgian inn is a peaceful, simple, thoroughly modern and chintz-free option. It was established a decade ago by brothers Tom and Will Greenstock and has attracted praise from professional critics and travellers alike, with most heaping praise upon Chef Will’s ever-changing blackboard menu, carefully considered ale and wine selection, and seasonal, locally-sourced produce.

Overnight guests frequently comment on the inn’s impeccably clean and stylish rooms, thoughtfully considered amenities and personalised service. This sentiment is echoed in its TripAdvisor ratings, where 85% of guests afforded a rating of “excellent” and 11% “very good”. For a breath of fresh air, the inn’s grassy beer garden offers glorious bucolic views.

The Horse and Groom’s central Cotswolds location means easy access to the region’s attractions and the bustling market town of Moreton-in-Marsh – with its plethora of antiques shops and tea rooms – is a 45-minute walk or five minute drive away.

Room at the Horse and Groom

 

The Wharf House – Over

Cotswolds B&B Map - Over“Best for waterways”

Average cost (double occupancy): £85 – £149

Location: Over (near Gloucester)

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TripAdvisor

Food: Full restaurant

 

The Wharf House, Over

If waterways, rambling, cycling, good food and green living are on your agenda, then The Wharf House is for you. This solar-powered, charity-owned ‘restaurant with rooms’ is situated on the Hereford and Gloucestershire Canal Basin and all seven bedrooms command impressive views of the River Severn. Gloucester town centre, with its docklands and Waterways Museum, is within walking distance and a 25-minute drive will take you to the Slimbridge Wetlands.

Miles of rural footpaths and cycleways surround the Wharf House and the nearby bus stop runs regular services to a number of tourist destinations. The property is owned by the Hereford and Gloucester Canal Trust and as such is the only UK’s only AA Red Rosette establishment owned and run by a charity. What’s more, the property boasts one of Gloucestershire’s largest arrays of solar panels and all profits generated are used for the betterment of the Hereford and Gloucester Canal.

But don’t think that The Wharf House’s green credentials mean that luxury falls by the wayside. Fresh, locally-sourced produce goes into all the restaurant’s meals and guests who want a ‘bit of everything’ can enjoy foods from the tasting menu or light bites from the Sunday tapas menu. A cocktail or bottle from the extensive wine list can be enjoyed on the riverside terrace and those retiring to their rooms will appreciate underfloor heating and spa baths.

Room at The Wharf House

 

The Old School – Little Compton

Cotswolds B&B Map - Little Compton“Best for country character”

Average cost (double occupancy): £120

Location: Between Chipping Norton and Moreton-in-Marsh

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TripAdvisor

Food: Breakfast, dinner, supper, lunch hampers

 

The Old School at Little Compton

With accolades including “magnificent,” “heavenly” and even “un petit bijou,” it is little wonder that The Old School – which 288 out of 290 TripAdvisor reviewers awarded the top score of “excellent” – is on our list. Formerly a Victorian schoolhouse, The Old School’s stained glass windows, arched wooden beams and neo-gothic architecture meld a sense of lofty opulence with the rooms’ timeless and cushy furnishings.

The guest house is particularly suited to those looking for a slower paced break in a more intimate setting. It is owned and operated by Wendy Veale and John Scott-Lee, whose breakfasts, dinners, cakes and teas (all home-made from locally-sourced ingredients) were described by one guest as “unforgettable”. For travellers requiring more flexibility, picnic hampers complete with rugs and umbrellas are provided. For those with evening plans elsewhere, convenient ‘supper trays’ of sandwiches, savoury tartlets and puddings can be provided in lieu of a cooked dinner.

Guests who wish to laze away the day can enjoy boules or croquet on the lawn, afternoon tea in the garden or wander down to the orchard to observe the rabbits and chickens. A ‘mini concierge’ service is provided by the owners with theatre bookings, car hire and other arrangements made on request.

Room at The Old School

 

The Wheatsheaf Inn - Northleach

Cotswolds B&B Map - Northleach“Best for style”

Average cost (double occupancy): £140 – £180

Location: Northleach (near Cirencester)

Website

TripAdvisor

Food: Full restaurant

 

The Wheatsheaf at Northleach

Bang & Olufsen televisions, freestanding tubs, power showers, room service, an onsite spa and a poker room. These all sound like the makings of a palatial London hotel, but they come as standard at The Wheatsheaf: a rural inn that doesn’t do things by halves. The painstakingly-considered décor strikes a perfect blend of rustic, opulent and unabashedly modern. But whilst style and luxury come as standard, pomp and circumstance do not. Unlike many other establishments, both dogs and small children are welcome at The Wheatsheaf.

A stroll through the exquisite walled gardens leads to the Treatment Room, where guests can take a glass of champagne with a range of massages, aromatherapy session or make-up lesson, manicure and pedicure or wax treatment.  Whilst many guests will be reassured by the English mainstays of cooked breakfasts and roast dinners, the restaurant also offers juice blends and oysters at breakfast, chateaubriand steak at dinner and fruits de mer seafood platters on its late-night “feast menu”.

Bathroom at The Wheatsheaf

Do you have any top picks for the Cotswolds? Or have you visited any of these B&Bs? Let us know your thoughts below or over on Twitter!

Open Sea Swimming Guide – 4-Week Training Plan

On July 2nd, 2014 Rebecca Wilson wrote on the subject of Tales from Turtle Towers,The Great Outdoors.

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With Turtle Mat employee Heather taking part in MCS’s charity open sea swimming event the Big Sea Swim, we decided to offer a helping hand to anyone who is taking part in a swimming event to get the most from their training. Working together with Olympic and Paralympic coach Dr Gary Brickley, we have created a four week training plan for those looking to give their training a boost in the last run-up to their event.

Open water swimming presents a different challenge to our bodies than pool swimming so it is vital to be fully prepared for the day. Whether you are swimming for charity or for yourself, a structured plan in the last stretch before race day can make all the difference:

 

 

Open Sea Swim Training Guide - Intermediate

 

 

Open Sea Swim Training Guide Advanced

 

A lot depends on how much time you have available and if you have access to water.  The swims are a great guide to build your endurance going into the race and to develop your confidence in swimming in open water. Ideally you will have someone watching over you or helping to set the pace.

Being prepared for a swimming event also means know what to do on the day and how to best give your body chance to recover afterwards:

 

On the day preparation:

  • Don’t sit in your wetsuit for any longer than you need to. If it’s a sunny day, you can overheat
  • Get into the sea for a quick swim beforehand to get used to the temperature
  • When you get in the sea for the first time, get your head under early and turn your arms over fast to warm them up and to stretch out in your wetsuit
  • Get your bearings of the course, what will you line up with?
  • Don’t eat too much before the race, it will be over quickly and you can eat straight after but trying to sea swim with anything in your stomach is not ideal
  • Get on someone’s feet whilst you are swimming, this will make sure you don’t have to keep looking up and it will save some energy as the person in front will break the water in front of you.

 

Post-race Recovery:

  • When you finish your swim try not to just collapse when you cross the line. Jump back in the sea and swim easy for 5 minutes or so to loosen off your muscles and to gradually drop your heart rate. You may decide to take your wetsuit off and just stretch out in your swimming costume.
  • After each session you should ideally be eating within 30 minutes of swimming to make sure you can restore your stores. A mixture of high quality protein with some carbohydrates is recommended. You can of course use sports drinks but something like a milkshake would be ideal. If you have been in the water for around an hour you may sweat up to a litre of water and this may need replacing with an electrolyte drink to ensure you are rehydrated.
  • Have a good stretch out on land as well as in the sea afterwards and then look forward to your next big swim. Hopefully you will have hit your goal whether they are completing or doing your best possible swim.
  • Have fun!

 

Dr Gary BrickleyOur guides were created in conjunction with Dr Gary Brickley. Gary is a senior lecturer in exercise physiology based at the University of Brighton in Eastbourne. He is an accredited sport and exercise scientist and an accomplished swimmer. He has swum the English Channel in a 3 man relay; completed the 26km Lake Zurich swim coming 3rd in the masters category; is currently the Brighton Pier to Pier veteran cup holder; has swum the 19.6km Rottnest Island swim in Perth and also did the 24 miles swim, swimming 1 mile every hour for 24 hours.

The Big Sea Swim

On July 2nd, 2014 Rebecca Wilson wrote on the subject of Tales from Turtle Towers.

Heather

Turtle Mat is proud to announce that our very own customer service manager, Heather Scott, will be taking part in this year’s Big Sea Swim to raise money for our partner charity the Marine Conservation Society. The Big Sea Swim takes place on July 12th in Eastbourne near Brighton and swimmers will be clocking up either one or three kilometres in support of Britain’s coastlines.

It is in honour of our 20th anniversary that Heather has agreed to take part in what will be MCS’s third Big Sea Swim event.  On getting involved in the event, Heather is looking forward to the challenge but says: “I think it must be at least 30 years, if not longer, since I last did anything like this. You just don’t know what is lurking around and beneath you in open water.

I’m very apprehensive about swimming in the open water. As a child I used to swim long distances outdoors but as I have got older I have preferred the comfort and cleanliness of my local swimming pool.”

The Big Sea Swim 2013Last Year's Big Sea Swim

To help Heather and anyone else taking part in the event, we spoke to Dr Gary Brickley at the University of Brighton which is located in Eastbourne.

Gary told us: “Both races will take place in Eastbourne which is a clean beach. If you get a chance to swim in the sea before the race it would really help you to get used to the conditions. If not you may be able to do so in a local lake swim. “

He also gave us some expert tips that will improve your training:

  • Sea swimming can be choppy and therefore mess up your rhythm – try to breathe when you know the wave is just passing you
  • You will be wearing a wetsuit so your legs will be more buoyant and you won’t need to kick so hard
  • You may not be able to see all buoys so you will need to get your bearings from other swimmers or by using markers on the land or sea (i.e. the pier)

Gary has also helped us to create a 4-week open sea swimming training plan ideal for anyone taking part in the Big Sea Swim or a similar open water event. With his advice on tackling an open sea swim Heather says she feels fully prepared to meet the challenge of the race and is excited about the day!

Find out more about the Big Sea Swim on MCS’s website here. Turtle Mat is Gold Sponsor of the event and wishes everyone the best of luck on the day! If you would like to support Heather in her challenge, visit her sponsorship page.

Images courtesy of MCS

Gloucestershire & the Cotswolds Summer Festival Guide

On July 1st, 2014 Rebecca Wilson wrote on the subject of Best of British,The Great Outdoors.

The English countryside is something we at Turtle Mat love to celebrate and where could be considered more quintessentially “English” than the Cotswolds? In fact, Turtle Towers is perfectly positioned in the centre of the Cotswolds, so it is a region not only close to our hearts, but right on our doorstep.

Summer in the Cotswolds is a season of exploration, celebration and appreciation. Following on from our Outdoor Events Guide for Summer, read on for our top pick of music festivals in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds over the coming months as well as some insider tips for each.

 

Longborough Opera House

Longborough Opera House

Longborough Festival Opera

Date: various between 24 June – 26July 2014

Where: Longborough, Moreton-in-Marsh

Website: http://www.lfo.org.uk/

Longborough Festival Opera is set in beautiful country house surroundings with sweeping views of the Cotswolds. It is the perfect place for both seasoned opera-goers and for first-timers to experience their first opera; the highly acclaimed performances and elegant surroundings make for a great summer experience.  In 2014, expect performances of Tosca and Barber of Seville. Tosca is known for its high drama while Barber of Seville is a more light-hearted romp.

Insider tip: Arrive early to relax in the lovely surroundings prior to a performance.  There is a dining interval where you can bring your own picnic and sit in the grounds or the venue offers a range of catered options.   All catered options must be arranged in advance, so call ahead if you are interested.

While the opera itself is indoors, do look at the weather forecast as while they can guarantee a lovely performance, they can’t guarantee lovely weather! Stilettoes and high heeled shoes are best avoided due to the uneven ground of the gardens at Longborough.

 

 

Cheltenham Music Festival

Image credit: Becky Matthews

Cheltenham Music Festival

Date: 2 – 13 July 2014

Where: Across Cheltenham

Website: http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music/

The Cheltenham Music Festival serves up an array of classical music performances, from contemporary composers to performances of well-loved pieces. Over sixty events take place during the twelve day festival, with the programme also featuring workshops, film screenings and theatre.

Insider tip: This year marks the 70th year of the Cheltenham Music Festival. To celebrate the festival will feature Town Hall Festival Proms. The Proms will feature some of the world’s hottest classical music stars, including violinist Nicola Benedetti, so be sure to check out these shows if you are at the festival.

 

Cotswold Beer Festival 2014

Date: 18 to 20 July 2014

Cotswolds Beer Festival

Image credit: Gilbert TurnerDate: 18 – 20 July 2014

Where: near Winchcombe

Website: http://www.gloucestershirecamra.org.uk/cbf/

Though not strictly a music festival, live music is almost as much a part of the event as the beer. Acoustic, brass and jazz music all feature over the course of the weekend festivities alongside Morris dancers, plenty of food, beer, and cider.

Insider tip: Come suitably clad (according to the weather) for outdoor drinking, as it gets crowded inside the Tithe Barn.

And, for someone new to drinking ale: Start at the low strength beers and work your way up to the stronger ones!

 

Guiting Power Village

Village of Guiting Power

Guiting Festival

Date: 25 July – 3 August

Where: Guiting Power

Website: http://www.guitingfestival.org/

Guiting Festival is set in the delightful village of Guiting Power, in the village hall, or on the playing field for the outdoor concerts. Having just 140 seats in front and 40 behind the stage, the hall provides a thoroughly intimate atmosphere that is hard to imitate with many summer festivals.  Being in its 44th year, the Festival has built up a strong band of loyal supporters, some from as far away as the U.S.A.

The Festival is a registered charity and virtually all the effort required to run it comes from volunteers, with tremendous support for it coming from long-standing sponsors and donors, which allows ticket prices to be kept affordable. Primarily a festival of classical music although there is always one indoor and one outdoor jazz concert and this year an outdoor folk concert has also been added.

Insider tip: If the forecast is good some bring picnics, having a first course before the concert and the rest in the interval.  Or if you are quick on the draw there are also very small but reasonably priced post-concert suppers to round off the evening, primarily for musicians and sponsors, laid on at the nearby “Old Vicarage”. You may also want to bring a cushion to supplement those provided for the hard village chairs.

 

Are you attending any music festivals this summer? Let us know your top picks in the comments below or over on Twitter!

Give a dog a home – helpful hints on how to train your puppy

On July 1st, 2014 Rebecca Wilson wrote on the subject of Paws for Thought,Uncategorized.

Bede sat on Patterned Paw Turtle Mat  Tilly on Houdstooth Turtle Mat  Lucy on Fawn Turtle Mat

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helpful hints on training your puppy

With the arrival of a new dog here at Turtle Towers, Lilly the Labrador, and the recent launch of our Kennel Club Collection, our thoughts have turned to puppy training – so we’ve put together a guide of our training tips for you and your dog:

  • Consistency and assertiveness is key when training your new dog. It’s important that all members of the family use the same commands and calls as well as tone of voice so that your puppy does not get confused about what you are trying to achieve. Make sure only one person is giving the command at one time so that again it’s clear to your pup what the message is

 

  • Persistence is important and training should occur in regular sessions but keep the sessions short, sticking to one command only and don’t try to train your dog when they are tired, as their attention spans will be shorter

 

  • Make training fun – there are some wonderful toys out there to make learning fun for you and your dog. Swell Pets offer a great selection of training aids from whistles, treat dispensers, treats and training leads to help you on your way

 

  • Talking of treats, reward good behaviour at random and don’t always rely on treats otherwise your dog will only behave when there is food offered or may act up if it’s not forthcoming. Remember a reward could be a play or a cuddle

 

  • Expose your puppy to lots of sights and sounds in small doses early on,  so they know what to expect and are comfortable in social situations; whether that be familiarising themselves with the postman, children, other dogs or in the case of ‘turtle’ dog Tilly the dreaded grooming brush!

 

  • Research – make use of all the wonderful resources at your fingertips online, via your vet and through friends with dogs who will have experienced it all before and will have some handy techniques

 

  • Finally, relax, be confident and enjoy training, as it’s a wonderful opportunity for you to bond with your four legged friend

 

For further information on training your puppy, our partner The Kennel Club has a number of useful training guides.

 

Caring for your Turtle Mat – handy hints and tips

On June 19th, 2014 Rebecca Wilson wrote on the subject of Uncategorized.

Caring for your Turtle Mat - tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOLLOW THESE HANDY HINTS AND TIPS TO GET THE BEST PERFORMANCE FROM YOUR TURTLE MAT FOR YEARS TO COME…

1. Lift and launder your Turtle Mats regularly – washing helps to separate and soften the cotton pile ensuring maximum absorbency. Not only that, but lifting your mat helps to prevent a ‘picture frame’ effect on your floor, where it appears as though there is a shadow around the mat from dust settling at its edges.

2. Avoid using fabric conditioner when washing – fabric conditioner diminishes the mat’s dirt trapping capabilities. Turtle Mats love a colour kind detergent without optimal brighteners, such as Turtle Mat Care, which is great value for everyday washing too.

3. Vary how you fold your mat into the washing machine – a gently rolled fold is best to ease your mat into the washing machine and minimise pressure on the folded points; varying where and how you fold for washing also puts less stress on these areas too and will ensure your mat lasts well.

4. After washing, tumble-dry on a low heat setting – to fluff up the pile of your mat so it is ready to stop dirt in its tracks. Alternatively and better for the environment, let your Turtle Mat dry naturally and lift the pile by giving it a quick vacuum or stiff brush once dry.

5. Give your mat a quick refresh - only have 5 minutes until your guests arrive? Give your mat a quick vacuum or brush to get it looking its best and to prepare for any muddy footprints.

Let us know if you have any tips for keeping your mat in top shape.

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