How to clean bath mats
Bathroom mats are essential home accessories because they prevent people from slipping and also helps absorb water spillages on the floor. On the downside, they need regular cleaning because they tend to collect stains, and more often than not, develop mold growth. Here we will answer some commonly asked questions and show you how to clean your bath mats – whether they are plastic, rubber, or fabric.
- Can I wash my bath mat in the washing machine?
- How to clean a rubber bath mat
- How to clean a fabric bath mat
- How to clean a diatomite bath mat
- How often should I wash my bathroom mats?
- How often should you change your bathroom mat?
Can I wash my bath mat in the washing machine?
Bath mats can be washed in the washing machine, regardless of whether they are made from fabric or rubber. Check out the following section to learn how.
How to clean bath mats
The first step one should take before washing bath mats is to take them outside for a good shaking. Also, please be sure to read their labels for cleaning instructions.
How to clean a rubber bath mat
The following section applies to both rubber and plastic bath mats. We will show you how to wash them by hand and by washing machine.
How to wash a rubber bath mat by hand
Step 1: Fill your bathtub a quarter of the way with hot water.
Step 2: Next up we have to choose the cleaning products we will use. Bleach will get the job done, but due to its toxicity, we will rather be using something non-toxic and environmentally friendly – baking soda and white vinegar.
If you do not have any baking soda or white vinegar available, or still prefer to use bleach, then check out how to do so at wikihow.com.
Pour one cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar into the bathtub. Swirl it around so that it mixes properly while using rubber gloves so that you do not burn yourself and then place the rubber bath mats inside.
Step 3: Allow the bathroom mats to soak in the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes before scrubbing them thoroughly with a brush.
Step 4: Remove the bath mats and hand dry them with a towel before placing them outside in the sun or in the breeze where it will dry properly.
How to wash a rubber bath mat in the washing machine
Not many people know this, but it’s possible and perfectly fine to wash rubber bath mats in the washing machine, and here we will show you how to do that.
Step 1: Place the rubber bath mat inside of the washing machine. Add a couple of towels or some regular laundry in there too.
Step 2: Add your usual laundry detergent and put it on a gentle cycle with either warm or cold water.
Step 3: Remove the bath mat and dry it with a towel before placing it outside in the sun or in the breeze where it will dry properly.
How to clean a fabric bath mat
Fabric bath mats can be cleaned in one of two ways – by hand or by washing machine. The following information also applies to memory foam, cotton, chenille, nylon, and microfiber bath mats. Also, if you’re not sure if you should hand wash or machine wash, then check the label.
How to wash a fabric bath mat by hand
Step 1: Fill the bathtub a quarter of the way with warm water.
Step 2: Add half a cup of white vinegar and a full cup of baking soda to the water and place the mats inside. Leave it to soak for 10 minutes as this will allow the baking soda and vinegar to kill mold and its spores.
Step 3: Add some laundry soap and scrub the mats on both sides with a scrubbing brush. Pay extra attention to stains and mold spots.
Step 4: Rinse the bath mats off thoroughly with clean, cold water.
Step 5: Place the mats outside in the shade until they are dry.
How to wash a fabric bath mat in the washing machine
Step 1: Place your bath mats inside of the washing machine and add some towels that you need to be washed too.
Step 2: Add your usual laundry detergent. If your bath mats have visible mold growth then add a cup of white vinegar along with it, before starting the washing machine on a gentle cycle with warm water. The gentle cycle setting is important – especially if your bath mat has a rubber backing because rough cycles can damage the backing.
Step 3: When done washing, place your bath mats either in the dryer or outside in the shade for them to dry. Having them out in the sun will make them dry quicker, but the color will eventually start to fade. Also, if they have rubber backings then it may be best to avoid the dryer.
How to clean a diatomite bath mat
Diatomite bath mats are becoming increasingly popular because they are 100% organic, super absorbent, and require far less cleaning than other regular types of bath mats.
But how do you clean something that is made from plant fibers and diatomaceous earth?
Step 1: Cleaning a diatomite bath mat all over is not necessary as its best to only focus on the stains. To remove a stain, wipe the affected area with a wet cloth or a brush. If that doesn’t work, then sand the stain down with fine sandpaper. But whatever you do, never use any cleaning detergents.
Step 2: If you’ve wet the mat during the cleaning process or want to dry it out after it has absorbed too much water in the bathroom, simply place it outside in the shade (preferably where there is a breeze) for a few hours. Never leave it out in the sun as it can cause the mat to crack and become brittle.
How often should I wash my bathroom mats?
Bathroom mats are breeding grounds for mold and bacteria, yet most people will only start considering washing them once they are heavily stained, have visible mold growth, or start emitting odors.
So how often should one wash their bathroom mats?
Well, it all depends on how many people use that particular bathroom. If it’s one or two people then once every two weeks should be sufficient. On the other hand, if there are more than two people (for example, if you have kids), then it’s recommended to wash them once a week.
How often should you change your bathroom mat?
High-quality bath mats are designed to last and with fairly regular cleaning, they should last around 2 years. But it’s advised to change them as soon as they become visibly worn out or start collecting odors and stains that cannot be removed.