How to Clean Rubber Bath Mats –Rubber bath mats are a great addition to any bathroom. They provide a non-slip surface for your feet and prevent you from slipping and falling while taking a shower. However, they can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold if not cleaned properly. So, if you’re wondering how to clean your rubber bath mat, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll give you some tips and tricks on how to get your rubber bath mat looking as good as new. And who knows, maybe you’ll even enjoy cleaning it! (Okay, let’s not get carried away.)
How to Clean Rubber Bath Mats?
Below mentioned are some easy ways you can adopt to clean your rubber bath mat. Do not go too hard on the bath mats! Washing mats too often times will highly impact the mat’s durability. Giving it a wash only when it’s necessary is suitable enough!
Using a Washing Machine
This is the simplest and the easiest way of cleaning your rubber bath mat. Drop your mat into a washing machine containing either warm or cold water. Add some scrubbing powder which can remove all the mildews and stains from the mat. It will be better to add some extra laundry such as towels or bed sheets along with the mat to give it a gentle cycle.
After the machine cycle gets completed, DO NOT use the automatic dryer to dry the rubber mat. It is mostly preferred to sundry to make sure all the soapy liquid has been properly removed from the mat’s material. Air drying for a day or two will work great too!
CAUTION: Make sure to read the user manual provided on the purchase of the rubber mat that allows the product to be washed in a machine.
Using a Bleach Solution
You would have to make a little effort to clean the bathtub mat this way, but it has been proven to give amazing results! All you have to do is to prepare a bleach solution in a bucket. Do not add too much bleach, or it might damage the mat’s material.
Now pour the solution into your bathtub (the tub’s drain must be closed) and lay your rubber mat upside down in the tub. The next step is to wear safety gloves, or maybe a thin plastic mask if you are allergic to the bleach’s tough odor. Let the mat sit in the solution for a while, and then take a sponge and start scrubbing off all the dirt. The bleach solution would already have made the stains loose, so it would be easy to clean them off from the mat’s surface now.
You can also use a scrub brush in place of a sponge for much better results. After you are done cleaning, drain off all the dirty water from the tub, clean it, and be safe for use the next time.
Using A DIY Vinegar and Hot Water Spray
Sometimes, the rubber mat might not be much dirty, but it starts giving off bad odors. There is a simple technique to clean the smelly bathtub mats in a matter of minutes. Let me tell you how to do that!
You would need a cup full of vinegar, and 2 cups of hot water, along with an empty bottle having a spray nozzle. Prepare the cleaning solution by mixing vinegar with hot water. Make sure to maintain a ratio of 1:2 between vinegar and hot water. Lay down your mat on the floor, and wear gloves for hygienic purposes. Now, take the vinegar solution and spray it all over the rubber mat. It would help if you also cleaned the mat using a cleaning brush while spraying the liquid.
After you are done cleaning enough, wash the mat with Luke’s warm water. And then finally, let it air dry, or better if you go for a sundry in case you are lucky enough to get plenty of sunshine during the day!
In conclusion, cleaning rubber bath mats may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and a little bit of elbow grease, it can be a breeze. Just remember to avoid using harsh chemicals and to always read the care instructions before washing. And if all else fails, just throw the mat in the dishwasher and let it do the work for you! But be warned, if you have roommates or family members who also use the bathroom, they may be a little confused when they see your bath mat spinning around in the dishwasher. Happy cleaning!