Doormat on mahogany floor


We recently had a mahogany floor put on our porch. We used TWP to finish it. What kind of floor mat would be safe to use? I know that sometimes certain materials will discolor other materials. Is that the case here? The porch has a ceiling, and the door side doesn't get sun, although it does get hit with some water and snow, because it's the north end of the porch.
Anne
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

It would help if you spelt out "TWP".
If that is some kind of paint, varnish or oil finish, avoid using mats that are plastic or synthetic rubber as those contain platicisers that can make wood finishes gummy. Regardless, it would probably be good to use a mat that is open enough that it does not stay wet or trap moisture underneath it.
Mahogany is a naturally rot-resistant wood. It does not necessarily need to be finished with anything.
'Water seals', like Thomson's water seal are _almost_ nothing, IIUC they are just waxes. MY experience with Thompson's water seal is that it lasts less than a year if exposed to sun and rain. It may last longer in a more sheltered location but I would not bother using it again and would opt for at least an oil finish, again not great protection but better than a really thin layer of wax.
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FF


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Thanks, FF. TWP is Total Wood Protectant <http://www.woodsealants.com/twp-500-series.htm . It's a penetratingfinish. (I'm not sure how the stuff would be described generically.) We used TWP because it helps prevent the wood from absorbing water and it helps prevent fading from ultraviolet light. It was important that whatever we finished the floor with would not be slippery when wet. Because our porch is at the front of the house, we did not want to let the wood weather naturally, which in our opinion looks less formal.
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