Take rubber-backed rugs that are larger than a bath mat to a laundromat with high-capacity machines. Ask before washing, as the rubber backing can come off and clog the pump of a front-loader. Ordinarily, the solution is adding 1 cup of vinegar to the wash. With bathroom rugs, that can destroy the rubber backing. So, I’d recommend adding 1 cup of baking soda instead. Chances are you’ve got some build up on them which is causing the fibers to clump. How to Wash the Bath Mat. Most bathroom mats can be washed but you should still check the label. If you bought your bathroom rug from a second hand store and it doesn’t have a label, these steps will come in handy. I will always wash two or more bathmats at a time. Take bath mats outside and give them a good shaking to remove as much hair, paper and lint as you can before washing. If necessary, apply a small amount of stain removal product. I use hydrogen peroxide if needed. Wash your bathroom rugs on the cold setting with a gentle laundry detergent. Hang your mats outside to dry or tumble dry on the lowest setting. You should never use heat when drying plastic- or rubber-backed bathmats because it can cause the backing to crack or even melt. That’s all there is to it when it comes to learning how to clean bathroom rugs. But with time, the rubber backing may deteriorate when you wash the rug too often. Cleaning your rubber-backed rugs correctly and washing them only when absolutely necessary is critical to extending their use. Keep your rubber-backed throw rugs looking good for years to come with proper care. If your bath mat has a rubber backing, you will probably stretch that to once every two weeks. Again, make sure to use cold water and air dry to preserve your rugs. If a bath mat is in a bathroom with very frequent use, you will want to wash it more. If more than one shower is taken in the bathroom on a daily basis, the rug will get wet a lot. Being that the rug is on the floor and doesn’t get much air, it will stay wet for a very long time. As a result, mold and mildew can grow easily. .
Never use chlorine bleach to whiten or disinfect if the rug has a rubber backing. The bleach will cause the rubber to flake off. The bleach will cause the rubber to flake off. If you need to whiten or brighten a rubber-backed rug, use an oxygen-based bleach . To wash a rubber backed bath mat, inspect the back of the rug prior to washing to make sure that the rubber is not cracked or crumbling. Loose pieces of rubber that could come off during the wash cycle. These rubber backing pieces could clog and damage your washer if they separate from your bath mat. If you throw a rubber non-skid backed rug into the dryer, you will shorten its lifespan. Instead, plan on washing and air drying. If the weather outside won’t cooperate for line drying or “back deck bannister” drying, then shake the rug once or twice, turn the rubberized backing side up and place on the top of your dryer or washer to dry. .