Bath rugs take a beating, but without them, we would most likely fall more often in the bathroom. A good bath rug does more than just look pretty, they stick to the floor so that we don’t slip. Honestly, we take bath mats for granted and don’t give them the credit they deserve. When was the last time you had your bathroom thoroughly cleaned?
Materials Used in Bath Rugs
Knowing which materials your bath mat is made of will help you get it clean much more thoroughly. Bath mats are typically made from polyester, bamboo, chenille, nylon, and even cotton, which is the most popular material.
- Polyester bath rugs are more durable than other materials and are the most popular choice for bathrooms that receive a lot of traffic.
- Bamboo is also durable and usually less expensive than other materials. However, bamboo does have a downside – it’s not as soft under your feet as other materials.
- Cotton is thinner and comes in a variety of designs, sizes, and colors. Cotton bath rugs do tend to wear out faster than other materials but are popular because they are inexpensive and fit into any style.
- Chenille rugs are durable even when they are exposed to excessive amounts of water making them perfect for bathrooms such as a child’s bathroom.
- Lastly, there is Nylon. Compared to other materials, nylon bath mats have the longest life and offer the best slip-resistant features.
How to Wash Bath Mats without Causing Damage
Several factors come into play when it comes to caring for your bath rugs. If you do not clean them properly, you will damage the rug. Refer to the care label that comes with all the bath rugs. Most bath mats are machine washable but it’s essential to know what setting to have your washer on before tossing them in. Many rugs are air dry only so use caution when putting them in the dryer. Whenever possible, shake your rugs outdoors first to get rid of dust and allergens. Never wash more than two rugs at a time in the machine to prevent the spread of dirt and stains and to ensure the rugs get as clean as possible. Always use the right products when washing your rugs. While some rugs say they can be bleached it is really never a good idea. Bleach is a harsh chemical that can degrade the fibers of the rug thus shortening the mats lifespan. Use cold water whenever you are washing the rugs as hot water will loosen the glue that holds the carpet fibers into place on the rubber backing. It also helps with stains as hot water tends to set in stains instead of removing them.
How Often to Wash Bathroom Rugs
Several factors determine how often you should wash bathroom rugs. Following are the significant factors that play a role in this regard:
- How frequently the bathroom is used,
- Is a lot of water splashed onto the rug,
- If there are any stains on the rug.
Rugs with a rubber backing should not be washed frequently, it’s best to keep these rugs down to seasonal cleaning rather than weekly. However, if the bathroom is used frequently, rugs need to be washed weekly. When a rug gets wet multiple times, it starts to build up mold because it stays on the floor where it doesn’t get enough air to dry. The longer it takes a rug to dry the more likely it is to mold or mildew.
Of all the rugs you have in your home, bathroom rugs are the easiest to clean and maintain. They are fairly inexpensive but can last much longer than traditional area rugs when cared for properly. It doesn’t take much work to care for a bath mat but considering they are an essential piece of your bathroom décor, it’s definitely worth the effort.