Shower mats provide safety and comfort by preventing slips and falls, but they can also become quite unsanitary if they are not properly cleaned. Dirty shower mats can lead to a buildup of bacteria, dirt and grime that can cause foot fungus and unpleasant odors. Luckily, cleaning shower mats is an easy task, and takes almost no time at all. This article offers guidance on the methods and equipment you’ll need to give your shower mat a good, swift clean and ensure that it is hygienic.
Types of Shower Mat
Most shower mats are made of rubber and can be placed on the floor of the shower or bathtub to prevent slips when someone is entering and exiting the area.
The term ‘shower mat’ can also refer to the rectangular piece of fabric placed directly outside the shower or tub that’s used to dry feet and prevent slips.
These two types of shower mats require different types of care.
Rubber Shower Mats: The Bathtub Method
Rubber shower mats can be cleaned in multiple ways, but one of the most convenient methods is by using your bathtub:
- Lift up your rubber shower mat so that it no longer adheres to the floor via the suction cups. Lay it at the bottom of the tub.
- Fill your bathtub with warm water.
- Put on rubber gloves and add two cups of chlorine bleach to the bathwater.
- Scrub your bathmat with a clean bristly brush.
- When you have scrubbed the entire mat (top and bottom), drain the water from the tub, and give both the tub and the mat a good rinse.