I got the doormat in tapestry crochet finished yesterday. As the cotton was quite soft I boil washed it - this shrinks everything, making the stitches tighter around the core threads. This makes the mat harder wearing and more stable.
It is relentlessly wet here - the lawn is the consistency of a wet bath sponge, so the cats are trecking in plenty of mud. The other mat is going in the wash today as it is solid with mud.