There are few things quite as satisfying as finishing a deep, thorough clean of your bathroom When all the scrubbing and wiping of the tiles and bathroom accessories is done and dusted, it’s easy to forget about the towels and bath mats. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case! In this handy guide, we’ve compiled the best ways to take care of your bath mats to kill mould and smell-causing bacteria, leaving you with fluffy, fresh bath mats.
How Often Should You Wash Bath Mats?
We generally recommend washing your bath mats about once a week, around the same frequency as how often you clean your bathroom. The bathroom, especially with a shower, can be a very humid environment where mould and bacteria love to grow.
You’ll want to let your bath mats hang dry after showering if possible to help prevent them from retaining damp. It’s a good idea to keep bath mats as dry as possible between washings, keeping mould and bacteria at bay.
Can You Machine Wash Bath Mats?
The answer to this question depends on your bath mats. Most modern bath mats are machine washable. Bemboka’s luxury bath mats, for example, are best washed with warm water on a gentle cycle at 30 degrees. You don’t necessarily need to hand wash bath mats.
Machine washing bath mats may well be the easiest way of washing them, and is far easier than hand washing. After shaking off any debris from the mat, it can go through a wash cycle, with regular detergent.
It’s best to avoid harsh cleaning agents like vinegar or bleach, even if they might kill anything living in the mat. These can damage the fibers in the mat.
Bath mats also tend to get very heavy when waterlogged, which will happen when they go through a wash cycle. Avoid washing any more than two mats at a time.
How To Dry Bath Mats
Be sure to consult your care label for any drying instructions. Some mats are best left to dry on the line in the shade.
Some mats, like bemboka’s can be dried in a tumble dryer on the low setting. If your bath mats have a rubber backing, definitely keep them away from the dryer! Some materials should never go into the high-heat setting of the dryer, which can melt rubber and irreparably damage your precious bath mats.
To improve the longevity of your bath mats, allowing them to hang dry in the shade is probably best. However, sunlight can be an effective means of killing any bacteria that may have survived the wash cycle.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between a bath mat and a bath rug?
Bath mats tend to be more functional, while bath rugs tend to be more plush and luxurious.
Bath mats have a job to do: they’re there to absorb any water dripping off your body before it hits the tiles and creates a puddle. Bath mats often have an anti-slipping underside, keeping you safe from slips and falls.
Bath rugs, on the other hand, serve a more aesthetic purpose. Bathroom rugs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours, and can help beautify your bathroom space. They do absorb water, and can work similarly to bath mats, but a bathroom rug is not necessarily designed specifically for that purpose.
You can wash bathroom rugs in the same way as you wash your bath mats.
Should I Wash a Bath Mat By Itself?
This depends on the durability of your bathroom mat and your washing machine. Most bath mats will withstand a gentle wash cycle. However, they will get very heavy in the washing machine. The more absorbent the material of your bath mat, the more water it will retain, and the heavier it will get.
Your washing machine might be able to handle four dry bath mats, but not the additional weight of waterlogged bath mats flying around the machine at the end of the wash cycle.
It’s best not to wash bathroom mats with any other items, like clothing or sheets. You can wash bath mats two at a time safely in most washing machines, or with towels if your machine can handle a heavy load.
Can Memory Foam Bath Mats Be Washed?
You can wash your memory foam bath mat in the washing machine. Be careful to use cold water, a gentle cycle, and mild detergent. Hot temperatures or a more vigorous washing cycle can cause the memory foam to lose its shape.
Similarly, you’ll want to hang dry your memory foam bath mats so they can keep their shape. Avoid putting memory foam bath mats in the dryer.
Additional Tips For Maintaining Luxury Bath Mats
If you want to keep your plush, luxurious bath mats feeling soft and fluffy, it’s best to take good care of them.
The Bemboka range of luxury bath mats should always be washed on a gentle cycle at 30 degrees, using a phosphate-free liquid laundry detergent. and left to dry on a line in the shade, away from direct sunlight.You can use a dryer on the lowest setting if need be.
Always be careful not to overfill the washing machine or dryer to allow the mats to circulate freely.
How To Get The Smell Out Of A Bath Mat
- Vacuum or shake the mat to remove any dust, debris, or particles still on the surface of the mat.
- Spread a thin layer of baking powder over the surface of the mat. This will absorb the odour.
- Allow the powder to sit for an hour so it can suck up all the smells.
- Vacuum the baking powder from the mat and wash per care instructions.
Alternatively, a few drops of teatree oil in the wash cycle when cleaning bath mats can help kill any lingering smells or mildew.
How To Get Mould Off A Bath Mat
You can follow the same steps as for odour removal. Alternatively, you can use vinegar in place of baking soda to kill the mould.
Avoid using bleach as this will discolour your luxury bath mat.
How Often Should You Replace Bath Mats?
If you’re washing your bath mats every week, or every other week, you don’t need to replace them that frequently. When properly cared for, bath mats can remain luxurious and absorbent.
It’s best to replace your bath mats every two years, or once per year if your bathroom experiences high traffic, such as in a large family home.