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
- Are bath mats hygienic?
- How do you dry a bath mat after a shower?
- How often should I wash my bathroom mats?
- How often should you replace your bathroom mats?
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 we have to choose which cleaning products to 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 mats inside.
Step 3: Allow them to soak in the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes before scrubbing them thoroughly with a brush.
Step 4: Remove the 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 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 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 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 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 mat has a rubber backing because rough cycles can damage it.
Step 3: When done washing, place your 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.
Are bath mats hygienic?
Bath mats can be both hygienic and unhygienic, depending on how well they are cleaned and maintained. When properly cared for, bath mats can provide comfort, prevent slips, and enhance the aesthetics of your bathroom without compromising hygiene. However, if not cleaned regularly and thoroughly, bath mats can become breeding grounds for bacteria, mold, and unpleasant odors.
How do you dry a bath mat after a shower?
Drying a bath mat after a shower is important to prevent the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. Here’s how you can effectively dry a bath mat:
Hang or Lay Flat: If your bath mat has a hanging loop or hook, hang it up in a well-ventilated area, such as over a towel bar, shower rod, or on a hook. This allows air to circulate around the mat, helping it dry faster. If your mat doesn’t have a hanging loop, you can lay it flat in an open area.
Avoid Folding: Avoid folding or bunching up the bath mat, as this can trap moisture and slow down the drying process. Lay it out flat or hang it to ensure even drying.
Ventilation: Ensure the bathroom is well-ventilated by opening windows or turning on exhaust fans. Good air circulation helps speed up the drying process.
Sunlight: If weather permits and you have an outdoor space, you can hang your bath mat outside in direct sunlight. Sunlight has natural disinfecting properties and can help kill bacteria and mold.
Machine Drying: Some bath mats are machine washable and can be dried in a dryer on a low or delicate setting. Make sure to check the care instructions provided by the manufacturer before using this method.
Alternate Mats: Consider having multiple bath mats and alternating their use. This allows one mat to dry completely before using it again.
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?
The frequency of washing will depend on several factors, including the amount of foot traffic in the bathroom, the mat material, and personal preferences. Here are some general guidelines:
Regular Use: If your bathroom mats are used daily, it’s a good idea to wash them at least once a week or every two weeks. Regular use can lead to the accumulation of dirt, moisture, and bacteria, so frequent washing helps prevent hygiene issues.
Less Frequent Use: If the bathroom mats are in a guest bathroom or see less frequent use, you can wash them every 2-4 weeks.
High Traffic Areas: If the bathroom mats are placed in high traffic areas, such as near the shower or bathtub, they may need to be washed more frequently due to increased exposure to water and moisture.
Spills and Stains: If you spill liquids or notice stains on the bathroom mats, it’s best to wash them promptly to prevent stains from setting and to maintain their appearance.
Pet Considerations: If you have pets that use the bathroom, such as cats that may scratch the mats or dogs that shake off water onto them, you may need to wash the mats more often.
Allergies and Sensitivities: If you or your family members have allergies or sensitivities, washing the mats more frequently can help reduce allergens and potential irritants.
How often should you replace your bathroom mats?
High-quality bath mats are designed to last and with fairly regular cleaning and 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.
Bamboo mats are becoming increasingly popular because they are water and mold-resistant, last longer and a lot easier to clean.
Regular cleaning and maintenance of your bath mats are essential for a hygienic and pleasant bathroom environment. By following these simple steps and being mindful of the care instructions, you can enjoy clean, fresh, and comfortable bath mats that enhance your bathroom’s aesthetics and functionality.