Thirsty Coasters! A While back I found out about microfiber bath mats. These things are soft and absorbent and non-slip. Some enterprising and brilliant soul figured out you could make coasters out of the same material! That's one of those "million dollar" ideas. You get four of them to a package, they're inexpensive at around 3 dollars and most department stores have them. (Yes, WalMart too!)
They come in a few colors. I saw Ivory and Black. The Ivory ones actually match my interior perfectly. Well at least the walls and ceiling anyway. At the price how could I resist?
I couldn't. As usual, when you see something like this you wonder...will it work in "real life?" Time for testing! I selected glasses and mugs that I use all the time. Some glass, some ceramic, some polycarbonate. I wanted to make sure no matter how sloppy I am (very) that a mess would not be the result. I was honestly a bit concerned that the coasters being...."puffy" would cause the glass to topple. Obviously causing a larger mess than they could prevent. I am happy to report every glass or cup placed on the coaster, stayed where it was placed. It definitely feels a bit odd when you first put a glass down on it, but you quickly get used to the somewhat "squishy" feeling.
I also wanted to find out if REALLY hot drinks would cause any melting or other problems with the materials they are made of. Nope. They took everything I could throw at them. No, I didn't actually throw anything at them. You know, they are pretty light and soft...you could throw them around. Maybe a good way to pass the time with friends? Who knows!? At the very least, it kept my coffee from making a mess, even though I sloshed a bit on the coaster. According to the instruction, these are machine washable. Yup. They are. No coffee stains and no changes in texture or color after a wash.
All in all, I'd say this is a win-win-win product. I imagine there are a few other uses for it as well. (Mouse pillow anyone?) It's always refreshing to find products that, for a minimum of cost, provide exactly what they are supposed to. If only life, in general, were more like that!
Be Seeing You...Down The Road...
Rich "The Wanderman"