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How to Clean Bathroom Rugs

May 25, 2021
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To truly keep your bathroom sparkling clean, bathroom rugs need to be part of your regular routine. Even though washing them may be a bit more work than basic bathroom chores, it’s not all that hard to do with the right process. The best way to clean bathroom rugs depends on the type of rugs you have, and we here at One Less Trip are glad to share our tips.

Prep for Cleaning Bathroom Rugs

The first thing you want to do is check any tags attached to your rugs. Tags often give detailed instructions, including any cleaning products to avoid and what water temperature and dryer setting to use.

The next step is to take the rug outside and shake it off. This removes any dust, dander, hair and other debris so it doesn’t end up clogging up your washing machine. You can also wipe down the back of the rug with a soft cloth if the rug has a rubber or plastic backing.

Chenille or Microfiber Bathroom Rugs

Soft, comfy and quick to dry, chenille and microfiber bathmats are popular choices. They’re also incredibly easy to clean. Unless the tag on your bathmat says otherwise, you can follow these simple steps.

  1. Put the mat in the washer, making sure you leave plenty of room for adequate swishing and rinsing in the machine.

  2. Choose the cold water setting. Add a gentle laundry detergent. Wash.

  3. Tumble dry on the lowest available heat or hang mat outside to dry.

If you’re going to use the dryer, it’s best to keep your chenille or microfiber bathmats separate from other items. The mats are prone to picking up lint in the dryer, especially from towels.

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Bathroom Rugs with Rubber or Plastic Backs

It’s particularly important to check tags on bathroom rugs with rubber or plastic backs, as these rugs can be made out of a wide variety of materials. Heed any specific instructions on the tag. Use the following steps as a guide:

Examine the rug backing, checking to see if it’s cracked, peeling or otherwise in disrepair. This could indicate it’s a good time to get a new bathroom rug. Cracked and peeling backing can come loose in the washer or dryer, making a mess or even clogging or damaging your machines.

  1. Put the rug in the washer, again leaving plenty of room for adequate swishing and rinsing during the wash.

  2. Choose the cold water setting. Add a gentle detergent. Wash.

  3. Hang the rug outside to dry. Only use the dryer if you have a no-heat setting, as any level of heat can potentially crack or melt the backing. 

Now that you know how to clean bathroom rugs, you can easily weave the task into your regular bathroom cleaning routine. And if you need any cleaning supplies for your bathroom, kitchen or other areas of your home, you can find them right here at One Less Trip. Start shopping our generous selection of products now.

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