Your plush bathroom rug still needs to get washed. Especially if you have high bathroom traffic and don’t clean the rug on a regular basis.
Washing the bathroom rug is definitely an important maintenance process that you need to get done regularly. Check out the simple bathroom rug washing guide for your reference below.
Bathroom Rug Washing Guide
Prepare these supplies:
- Liquid laundry detergent
- Washing machine
- Drying machine
Follow these steps:
Check the label
First thing first, you still need to check the label of your bathroom rug which will tell you the proper care instructions that you should do. It’s important to note that you may damage your rug if you clean it without proper instructions.
In general, the labels will inform you whether it’s allowed to machine-wash the rug, the right temperature to use, and how to dry it up.
Wash the rug
There are two most popular methods which are hand-wash and machine-wash. Of course, each method requires different steps.
Hand-wash a bathroom rug:
- Fill a bathtub or sink with 5 gallons of warm water.
- Add some detergent to the water. The amount of the detergent depends on how dirty your bathroom rug is.
- Soak the rug in the wash water, and agitate it for around 30 seconds. Leave it for a couple of hours.
- After the time is up, agitate the rug once more, and drain out the water.
- Rinse the rug until you don’t see any remaining dirt and foam. Squeeze the rug to remove the water as much as you can.
- Let the rug air dry. Hang it under an area with abundant sun exposure that can also help to eradicate residual bugs.
Machine-wash a bathroom rug:
- Check the label whether you need to use warm or cold water.
- Use a gentle wash and soaking cycle.
- Rinse the rug in cold water in a gentle spin cycle.
- Some rugs also allow you to use the dryer to dry up your rug. It’s a better method to kill molds and bacteria than air-dry.
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How often should you wash a bathroom rug?
The answer depends on the traffic around your bathroom. The more it’s exposed to moisture, the more often you need to wash it. In general, if you have a lot of family members in your house, you will most likely wash the rug more frequently.
Some experts suggest you wash the bathroom rug once every two to four weeks, depending on the traffic in your bathroom area. Another point to keep in mind is the materials that build up the rug since each material may not be able to handle a lot of washings.
Washing the rug with a machine is actually the better option since you may need less time to dry it up. It’s because the long time that requires to dry your rug, the more prone it’s for mold and mildew to grow.