A Boot Scraper does the job of cleaning dirt and mud from your boots.
Use a boot scraper to flick away dirt, mud, snow and animal droppings. As the saying goes, stay married by cleaning your boots before going into the house!
How do they work?
There are basically three kinds of boot scrapers. The most basic is a piece of decorative cast iron, often stuck in the ground. You scrape the bottom of your boots across it. This works to get a lot of gunk off your soles.
The second type is a mat, usually made of coir (coconut husk fiber). There are two places for your feet. Simply stand on the mat and rub one foot back and forth, then the other. The coir brushes dirt from the bottom and sides of your boots and shoes. The advantage of this style is that the mat does not need to be fastened down, as you’re standing on it with both feet to keep it in one place.
The third type is a clever combination of both. Nylon brushes are mounted on the sides and bottom, with a built-in scraper. Stick your foot in and, using a back and forth motion, brush off the grime. (If all the bristles are the same length, you might consider trimming some of them to fit your boot’s lug patterns so that they will go deeper to clear the debris.) These models need to be fastened down to a wood plank or even the cement in order to keep them from moving as you scuff your boot through it. You might also want a wall or railing to hang on to so you don’t lose your balance. One disadvantage of this type of boot scrubber is that there is no one-size-fits-all. Depending on the size of your boot, you may find that the scraper is not wide enough to effectively accommodate your footwear. Check the customer comments on Amazon.com to see if anyone had a problem with their boot size fitting the scrubber you’re considering.
Scraping muddy boots can also mean that clods of dirt and mud will go flying, so keep this in mind when you decide where to place your boot scraper. Get one for each entrance of your house, barn, ranch or workplace. Get one for your RV as well so you don’t track in mud.
Now that you’re boots are cleaned off, use a boot jack to easily remove them!
Here are the Best 8 Boot Scrapers (in no particular order).
The 8 Best Boot Scrapers
Many may be familiar with the leading brand of boot scraper, but customers think that the Kick Away works way better. Why? The frame is more solid. The brushes are stiffer. The side brushes are farther apart so it accommodates larger boots. It has a built-in scraper. The underside is open, so mud just falls through to the ground rather than having to be shaken out or vacuumed out.
The poly brush-heads and bristles will not rust, rot or corrode.
This heavy duty scraper does need to be screwed down, however. Mount it to a large piece of wood. Leaving the wood longer on one side allows you to stand on the wood with one foot while scraping your boot with the other. This helps hold the scraper in place.
The Boot Scrubber is a great scrubber, scraper and cleaner all in one. It has a heavy frame and stiff bristles on the sides and bottom. The plastic brush-heads will withstand the elements better than if they were made of wood. There’s a built-in scraper for the soles.
It’s easy to remove dry debris from it with a leaf blower, or by hosing wet mud down through the sides. It, too, needs to be anchored down.
The rugged Scrusher has three sets of stiff nylon brushes on the bottom to thoroughly clean the soles. The poly side brushes are mounted in maple wood brush-heads. Replacement brushes are available so you don’t have to buy an entirely new product if your brushes wear out.
There are more basic Scrushers you can buy, but this deluxe model is larger, sturdier and why not invest in something that’s a little higher end?
Now we come to the scraper mats. Over 100 customers give this mat 5 stars out of five. Why? It’s made of coir (held together with wires) and coir bristles work really well to scrape off mud and dirt. It doesn’t need to be permanently anchored down. (Just stand on one side and scrape your boot on the other side.) It’s easily cleaned — shake it, vacuum it, hose it off. It’s attractive! Place it at your entryway or at the back door. It’s durable and large enough to handle boots and shoes.
● 13″ x 12″
In a classic herringbone pattern, this flat boot and shoe scraper mat is made of coir (coconut) bristles and held together with wires. Just shake it off or hose it down to clean! And it’s very nice-looking.
● 30″ x 18″
What happens when the scraper mat is made of rubber? It’s just as effective as coir! This one does exactly what it’s supposed to do. The natural rubber bristles knock dirt off your shoes and boots. It’s designed to be bolted down or staked down if you want it in a permanent place. Shake it or hose it down to clean.
● 15.25″ x 12″
When we hear the words “boot scraper,” a lot of us think of the antique cast iron scrapers of our grandparents’ era. You can still get that look with this combination scraper and brush. It’s made of heavy-weight cast iron with thick cleaning bristles. This is a unique piece that will add élan to your porch or front door.
● 11-1/2″ x 6.3″ x 7″
Here’s a charming boot scraper for your yard! It’s made of cast iron in a bird and leaf design, with a sturdy ground stake to hold it in place. It’s so cute, it will invite people to use it.
● approximately 14″ high x 11″ wide