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Things You Need to Know About Washing Bathroom Rugs

by Baneet Gurwara on October 11, 2019

When you wash your bathroom, it’s usually the tiles, floors, and toilets that get the most of your attention. However, did it cross your mind to clean the bathroom rugs as well? Most homeowners only wash their bathroom rugs only when they feel like it. Even as bathroom rugs aren’t as easily visible as bathroom tiles, these things play a significant role in ensuring safety and hygiene in your bathroom. Bathroom rugs also experience wear and tear and dirt adds to the stress that would eventually lead them to the landfill.

When should you wash your bathroom rugs?

Your bathroom rugs accumulate moisture, debris, bacteria, and mold over time. A bathroom rug reeking with germs and dirt defeats the purpose of taking a bath if you’re going to step into one right after you shower. Hence, you need to wash your bathroom rugs regularly. 

Some homeowners wonder how often they should wash their bathroom rug. There is no exact answer because it depends on the lifestyle of the bathroom users and the conditions of their bathroom. For instance, if your bathroom rug is only used once a year, then it makes more sense that you will wash it once a year as well. However, if you live in a rowdy household with kids, you would have to clean your rug at least once a week. In contrast, bathroom rugs used by only two or three people would only need washing once a month.

Steps to wash your bathroom rugs

Step 1. Check your rugs’ label. Don’t use cleaning products and chemicals expressly forbidden by the rug manufacturer. Take note of the washer or dryer settings that are appropriate to the bathroom rug’s material composition. 

Step 2. Dust off your bathroom rug outside. Don’t forget to wear a dust mask as you shake it or pound it with a rug beater. Remove the large pieces of dirt such as coins, hair, dead insects, pet dander, dust bunnies, lint, and soil. This would make the machine washing more efficient. Removal of these debris protects your washing machine as well. 

Step 3. Check the plastic or rubber underside of your rug. If there are cracks or signs of peeling, it is a sign that you need to replace your bathroom rug. These pieces of plastic or rubber can clog your drainage and affect your washing machine’s performance. Otherwise, wipe off the plastic or rubber back surface of the rug with a cloth. 

Step 4. Load your bathroom rugs inside the washer, taking care not to overload your machine. Use gentle laundry detergent and wash on cold water setting to prevent heat from shrinking your rug’s fabric. 

Step 5. After your rug has been rinsed, hang it outside to dry. If it is raining or snowing, you can use a tumble dryer under the lowest heat setting, as long as the rug has no rubber or plastic underside. Even the lowest heat setting of a dryer can melt or disfigure the plastic or rubber backside of your bathroom rug, which would impact its quality. Additionally, if you’re using a tumble dryer and you have multiple types of bathroom rugs, avoid mixing them together. The tumbling and heat can affect the edges and quality of the bathroom rugs.

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