When it comes to bathroom cleanliness, one often overlooked but essential item is the bath mat. This article provides tips for a conventional fabric bath mat and also introduces a new bath mat concept that eliminates much of the maintainance hassle described.

Not only does it provide a practical area to dry, but it also plays an important role in preventing slips and falls in wet areas. To ensure a hygienic and pleasant bathroom experience, it's crucial to know how to properly maintain and clean your bath mats. In this article, we will provide you with tips and techniques to keep your bathroom rugs fresh, clean, and free from unwanted odours.

Choosing the Right Bath Mat

Before diving into maintenance techniques, it's important to select the right bath mat. Opt for a mat that is designed for bathroom use, with features such as a non-slip bottom, water-absorbent material, and machine-washable properties. Additionally, consider the size and design that suits your bathroom decor and personal preferences. Check out our guide on different bath mat materials

Regular Cleaning

Establish a regular cleaning routine. While you might be tempted to just vacuume and shake your bath mats, it's important to remember they need to be treated differently from carpets. Wet feet are breeding grounds for bacteria and bath mats can harbour significant amounts of bacteria if not regularly washed.

Before washing though its definitely a good idea to shake and vacuum the mats to remove loose dirt, dust, and hair that accumulate. Use a handheld vacuum or the upholstery attachment on your regular vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean both sides of the mat. Shake the mats outside. This will extend the life of your washing machine and prevent them from clogging.

Machine Washing

Most bath mats are machine-washable, but always check the care instructions provided by the manufacturer. Remove any non-slip backing if detachable before washing. To prevent tangling or damage, wash your bath mat separately or with a few similar items. Use a gentle cycle and mild detergent to avoid harsh chemical reactions. Opt for water temperature sufficient enough to kill bacteria (60 degrees), unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer. DO NOT overload, fabric bath mats can become very heavy and damage the drum of your washing machine leading to costly repairs or even a new washing machine.

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Drying Methods

Proper drying is crucial to prevent mold and mildew growth. After washing, hang your bath mat outside to air dry in direct sunlight, if possible. The UV rays in sunlight have a natural sterilisation effect and the airflow eliminates lingering odors. If outdoor drying is not an option, hang the mat on a drying rack or use a clothesline indoors. Avoid using a dryer as the high heat may damage the non-slip backing or cause shrinking.

Spot Cleaning for Stains

For stubborn stains, spot cleaning can be an effective technique. Mix a small amount of mild detergent with water to create a soapy solution. Gently scrub the stained area with a soft brush or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and allow the mat to air dry completely before using it again. Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals, as they may damage the mat's fibers.

Odour Elimination

Over time, bath mats can develop unpleasant odors. To combat this, sprinkle baking soda over the mat's surface and let it sit for a few hours or overnight. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer that absorbs odors effectively. Afterward, vacuum or shake off the baking soda and give the mat a thorough rinse to remove any residue.

Regular Replacement

Despite proper maintenance, bath mats have a limited lifespan. Consider replacing your mat every one to two years or when signs of wear and tear become evident. Regularly inspect your bath mat for any fraying edges, significant discoloration, or loss of cushioning. Investing in a new mat ensures optimal functionality and maintains a hygienic environment in your bathroom.


Maintaining clean and fresh bath mats is essential for a hygienic and comfortable bathroom experience. By following these tips and techniques, you can effectively remove dirt, stains, and odors from your bath mats. Remember to choose a suitable mat for your bathroom, establish a routine for regular vacuuming and shaking, machine wash when needed, and properly dry your mat

An alternative to the fabric bath mat

You've read what it takes to keep a fabric bath mat clean and hygienic, what if there was a much easier alternative?

The Natural Steps Bath mat is a super-absorbent mat that requires no machine washing. Simply watch it dry in seconds and wipe celan any residual marks on the mat. What could be easier? Loads of time saved, extend the life of your washing machine and save on energy bills.


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