A muddy afternoon in the garden or at the allotment is always rewarding but often results in the dilemma of a pair of dirt-caked boots.
Most standard household doormats are only designed to help shake off everyday grit and dust and are unlikely to be up to more heavy-duty tasks. If you’re looking for a way to tackle the debris on your outdoor shoes and boots then a boot scraper or boot brush could be just the ticket.
Below, we’ve compiled a selection of boot scrapers and boot brushes in a variety of styles. Our choices should be up to the task of taking on your muddiest boots, with some also offering other features such as boot racks for storage or antique design to provide a statement look.
What is a boot scraper and what’s it used for?
A boot scraper is a device used for cleaning outdoor gardening shoes, boots and wellies of mud and other debris. An early version of the doormat, boot scrapers sit outside the front or back door to your home and you use them before entering and treading mud through the house.
Boot scrapers tend to be made from metal (usually cast iron) and allow you to knock thick muck off your footwear before you head inside or clean your boots fully in preparation for your next outing.
There are a range of styles, many of which incorporate a boot brush, the bristles of which are particularly useful for tackling dried-on dirt.
10 of the best boot scrapers
Dibor Robust Cast Iron Outdoor Boot Shoe Scraper
This hard wearing cast iron shoe scraper made by Dibor should make a durable, weather-resistant dirt-tackling tool. The prong helps it sit stably in the ground and the ornate bird design gives it a rustic, antique look.
Fallen Fruits Small Hedgehog Boot Brush
This charming shoe brush makes a great gardening gift idea and is a softer choice for buffing up garden boots. The boot brush is shaped like a hedgehog with the bristles, which tackle dried on muck forming the creature’s spikes.
Boot Scraper And Brush Set
Hand-forged by English craftsmen from steel his combined boot scraper and brush set incorporates a handy boot rack too, so can get your best wellington boots cleaned up and ready for their next outing before hanging them on the rack.
Country Garden Iron Boot Brush and Scraper
This boot brush and scraper combo features environmentally friendly coco fibre bristles, strong enough to dig out even stubborn dirt from the tightest nooks and crannies. The traditional fleur de lys pattern also makes it an attractive addition to your doorstep.
Boot Tray and Scraper
This boot scraper tray is made from wood with tough bristles to help banish mud, grass and grit from your shoes before you enter the house. There are rubber tracks on the wooden underside of the tray to help keep it in place, making it a sturdy alternative to your usual doormat.
Crissay Boot Scraper
This metal boot scraper is designed and made in Britain from solid steel. It features a long handle to help keep you stable, a scraper and two pads of bristles so it’s can access the muck on every side of your shoes. A matching boot rack is also available to purchase separately.
Boot Scraper (Arch)
This metal boot scraper arch from Primrose is a durable option for getting off thick mud or snow after a mucky day outdoors. Constructed from steel, the scraper sits firmly in the ground and has a powder coating for additional durability.
Cast Iron Hedgehog Boot Brush Shoe Scraper
This wildlife themed boot brush is made from cast iron, so it should be hard-wearing and long lasting. The pad of thick bristles will clean mud and debris from your shoes and its heavy construction will help to keep it stable while you clean. The hedgehog design also means it could double as an unusual garden ornament.
This moulded PVC mat is ideal for tackling dirty boots from every angle. The spokes on the base dig out grime from underneath while four horizontal lines of teeth tackle the inner and outer sides of your muddy wellingtons and shoes.
Dibor Metal Door Mat Boot Scraper
This ornate metal boot scraper is designed to sit alongside a doormat and help you clear caked-on mud from your best gardening shoes or boots. Made from cast iron this large scraper should be weather resistant and durable for long term use.