A Fresh Start for Your Bathroom: Bath Rug Care Essentials

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When you are deep cleaning your bathroom, don’t forget the bath mats. Rugs collect hair, dust, mold, and mildew in less-ventilated spaces. Nothing is more soothing than stepping onto a clean, fluffy mat after a shower. So, it’s important to clean them every three to four weeks. The cleaning method depends on the type of bath mat you have, to do this, follow our easy guide on how to clean bathroom rugs and mats. 

Tools You Will Need For Cleaning

  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Rubber Goves
  • Detergent
  • Vinegar
  • Laundry Detergents
  • Sponge
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Dryer

➤ A Guide on Machine-Wash Bathroom Rug

Follow these steps to get your bathroom rug that can be washed in a machine as clean as possible. Bathroom rugs can be made of cotton, polyester, nylon, mohair, memory foam, plastic, and other materials that can be washed in a machine.

Step 1:

Start by giving your bathroom mats and rugs a good shake outside to get rid of dirt and debris. You can also use a vacuum cleaner for this.

Step 2:

Next, check the care tag on your rug. The guidelines will tell you how to clean it properly in the washing machine because different materials need different care.

Step 3:

Choose the right settings on your washing machine according to the guidelines. Use high heat for cotton, polyester, nylon, and plastic rugs to kill bacteria and mold. Memory foam bath mats need a gentler cycle with cooler water to keep them in good shape. And don’t use bleach on memory foam.

Step 4:

Always use a gentle cycle setting, especially for large rubber-backed rugs. This keeps the rubber from wearing out.

➤ A Guide on Hand-Wash Bathroom Rug

Bamboo, hemp, and other natural fibers can only be washed by hand. Hand-washing a bathroom rug helps keep its materials in good shape and also makes it last longer.

Prepare Tub or Sink:

Wear rubber gloves and fill your sink or a tub with warm water and a few tablespoons of laundry detergent. 

Add Rug, Scrub it, And Rinse:

  • Put the rug in the water and gently scrub it with a sponge. Then, empty the sink or tub and rinse the rug with cool water until the soap is completely washed away.
  • But if you notice a few spots on your clean or new rug, don’t soak it entirely. Instead, clean spots by rubbing a sponge dipped into a warm, soapy water bucket.

➤ Drying Bathroom Rugs

Drying bathroom rugs is easy. If your rug is machine-washable, you can usually machine-dry it, too, but check the care tag to be sure. Remember, don’t put memory foam rugs in the dryer.

For most rugs, use a low tumble dry on a cooler setting to prevent shrinking, especially if it’s cotton. Alternatively, you can hang them to dry in your laundry room, on a shower rod, or outside, but avoid direct sunlight to prevent color fading. Once it’s completely dry, put it back in the bathroom.

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