Nothing beats the feeling of walking out of the shower right onto to a fluffy bath mat. These kinds of shaggy rugs feel soft to the feet not to mention the aesthetic purpose. However, once they get dirty, they tend to lose the fluffiness. Now if you step on these mats and you do not feel their fluffiness anymore, it is time to restore them back.
So, how do you make your bath mat fluffy again? The best way to restore your fluffy mat is through proper cleaning procedures such as using the right temperature and products such as vinegar. After that, you can also fluff it up using ice cubes and ironing.
This article discusses into details how to clean the bath mat to restore the fluffiness and other related questions. Keep reading to learn more.
Tips To Help You Restore the Fluffiness
The secret to maintaining a fluffy bath matt begins with the general cleaning as well as stain removal. Follow the tips below:
- Give It A Good Shake
First, you are going to take the mat outside and shake it to get rid of loose dirt, hairs, and debris.
Once you have removed the loose dirt, the next step is vacuuming. Ensure you try to reach every part including the corners of the mat. Vacuuming will get out as much dirt as possible before you can proceed to normal washing.
- Stain Removal
Stains on any rug tend to flatten a rug/mat, making it less fluffy. Thus, before cleaning the rug, you must first deal with the stains.
One of the best ways to clean stains is using a solution of warm water and white vinegar to spot-clean. This way you will not damage it.
Additionally, you can try carpet cleaning products; however, with this. you are going to have to use only the recommended products in line with your rug manufacturer’s instructions.
After this, you can proceed to clean your bath mat or rug following the right wash procedures as shall be discussed later in this article.
- Fluffing the Mat Using Ice Cubes
If your bath mat has some areas pressed down, put ice cubes on the dented parts and let it melt out completely. Next, gently blot out the water using some paper napkins or toweles. Ensure that all the water is absorbed and remember to do it gently. Otherwise, if you push, the flattened area will not fluff up. Once done absorbing the water, run a spoon against the mat in the opposite direction from where the fur is lying and your mat will be fluffy again as it was when it was new.
- Fluffing the Matt through Ironing
You can also fluff up your mat through ironing. All you have to do is take a towel and dip it in water. Wring out the excess water from the towel and spread it on your bath mat or on the dented areas. Now heat up the iron on the setting of cotton and iron the mat through the towel for at least one minute.
You will leave the towel intact on the mat until it dries then remove it. Now fluff up the mat using your hands and it will be right back to how it was, and you can enjoy the feel of it just as you used to.
How to Wash Bath Mats
Washing rugs may seem like a difficult task, but it’s not. All you need to know is the right procedure and you are good to go.
If you are washing your bath mat for the first time, read the label so that you know the washing conditions to use. Some may be machine washable while others are not. Additionally, some may need warm or hot water while others need cold water.
Ideally, before cleaning, you will have shaken it to get rid of loose dirt, and then vacuumed it to remove all dust particles.
Below are three ways of cleaning your bath rug:
1. Using Vinegar
Vinegar does well in removing smell, stains, and germs. It also doubles up as a softening agent.
All you have to do is make a vinegar-based solution using four cups vinegar, two tablespoons liquid detergent, and two cups warm water.
Start with scrubbing where you dip a piece of cloth in the solution as you scrub the mat in a circular motion. Ensure you clean all parts. The next step would be rinsing where you dip the rug in water ensuring all sides and corners rinse out well.
After rinsing, you can let it dry in the sun or under the washroom fan.
2. Machine Wash
If the mat is machine-washable, first vacuum it or pass through water, then fold it into two and place it in the washer. Choose the right washer setting depending on your mat’s label. Usually, a gentle cycle in moderately warm water would be ideal.
Once you are done washing, you can place it in the sun or under the bathroom fan to dry.
3. Hand Washing
If the rug is not machine-washable such as bamboo and jute, the other option left is hand washing. Hand washing is a secure way of washing, as it does not damage the mat.
When handwashing measures two tablespoons of laundry detergent in a tub or basin filled with water. You can then start cleaning using a sponge or soft brush. After that, you can rinse it using cold water and leave it to dry in the sun.
How often should you wash the bathroom mats?
The frequency with which to wash the bathroom mats depends on the size of the family, and the frequency of bathroom use. For instance if you live alone, then the mat does not see so much use, and you can wash it every two weeks. However, if you have a bigger family, the mat will see frequent use, and you can wash it at least once a week.
Can you wash bath mats and towels together?
Yes, you can wash these two items together if they are of the same color and material. However, if the mat has a plastic backing, do not mix with towels in the washer.
See Also: Can You Wash Sheets And Towels Together
How do keep the bath mat from catching mold?
You can protect your bath mat from catching mold by washing it using the vinegar solution and rinsing it thoroughly. This should be done at least once a month.