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How to wash a bathroom mat and how often to do it

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How to wash a bathroom mat. Source: freepik.com

A bathroom mat is not only a decorative element, but also a practical item that provides comfort and safety. It absorbs excess moisture from your feet after you step out of the shower and prevents you from slipping.

However, over time, bathroom mats accumulate dirt, dust, etc. and need to be cleaned. That's why P&G's Senior Fabric Care Scientist Sammy Wang talked about how to do it.

If bathroom mats are not cleaned in time, they can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Fortunately, most of them are quite easy to clean, so it won't take too much time and effort to keep them fresh.

How often do you need to wash your bathroom mat?

How often you need to wash your bathroom mat depends on how often it is used. If you live alone, you can do it less often, and if the whole family uses the bathroom, then more often.

In general, you should wash the mat about once a month or whenever you notice signs of dirt.

How to wash a bathroom mat and how often to do it

How to properly wash bathroom mats

Before you wash any item, you need to read the manufacturer's recommendations. Look at the labels and pictures on the label to make sure that the product is machine washable. This will help prevent damage.

Before putting the mat in the washing machine, vacuum it thoroughly and shake it out to prevent dust, hair, and debris from clogging the filter.

Whether washing the mat in the machine or by hand, use a deep cleaning detergent to remove stubborn odors and dirt.

Drying

Most bathroom mats can be dried in a tumble dryer. But some have a rubber backing that can be damaged by high heat. Therefore, if the care instructions from the mat manufacturer do not indicate that it can be dried in a dryer, it is best not to do so.

When to throw away a bathroom mat

If you notice visible signs of wear and tear on the mat, for example, the rubber backing has begun to crack, or mold has appeared on it that cannot be removed, then it's time to buy a new one.

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