Cleaning Bathroom Rugs
It’s so easy for us to forget about things that are under our feet on a daily basis, sometimes life is too busy to worry about those things..
But—we all need to stop and realize how many germs are hiding in our bathrooms.
Learn how often you should be cleaning bathroom rugs, as well as how to clean bathmats of varying types.
How Often Should You Wash Bathroom Rugs?
The rugs in your bathroom are the #1 go-to place for mildew, bacteria and even fungi. This is because of the warmth and moisture. Because of this you should wash your bathroom rugs regularly.
The frequency with which you launder your rugs really depends on your household. If you have kids who play a lot of sports or a bathmat that sees so much use it never dries, you’ll want to wash it on a weekly basis. On the other hand, if your home consists of one or two people who shower once a day, you can space out cleanings every two to three weeks.
The basics of washing the rugs
Before washing your bathroom rugs, always check the care tags to make sure you’re not supposed to use any specific cleaning products or washer and dryer settings.
First things, first—take them outside and shake them out! Additionally, if your bathroom rugs have plastic or rubber backing, wipe that off with a dry microfiber cloth first.
Cleaning Microfiber and Chenille Bathmats
–Place your mats in the washer with a gentle laundry detergent. Make sure you don’t overload your washing machine.
–Wash on the cold setting.
–Tumble dry on the lowest heat setting. Alternatively, you can hang your mats outside to dry.
Note: If you’re using the dryer, be certain not to mix your microfiber or chenille bathroom rugs with other fabrics, especially towels. If these bathroom rugs pick up lint, they won’t dry as quickly.
Cleaning Plastic- or Rubber-Backed Bathmats
Plastic and rubber-backed bathmats are standard in many homes and they’re made of a wide array of materials, from cotton to nylon, so remember to check care tags!
–Check the undersides of your mats to see if the backing is cracked or peeling. If so, it may be time to get a new mat as these little pieces can come off in the washer or dryer, causing clogs in or damage to your appliances.
–Place mats in the washer, taking care not to overload your machine. Wash your bathroom rugs on the cold setting with a gentle laundry detergent.
–Hang your mats outside to dry or tumble dry on the lowest setting. You should never use heat when drying plastic- or rubber-backed bathmats because it can cause the backing to crack or even melt.
That’s all there is to it when it comes to learning how to clean bathroom rugs. Your feet will thank you for taking the time to wash bathmats regularly.