A Moldy Bath Mat: The Often Overlooked Bathroom
Sure, your bath mat probably feels nice and soft on your feet after every shower, but underneath all that comfort may be some pretty gnarly grime and not-so-nice germs.
CARING FOR YOUR BATH MATS IN 3 STEPS
SO WHAT CAN BE DONE TO CARE FOR YOUR BATH MATS?
Determine how much use your bathmat gets - The condition of your bath mat really comes down to how much you use it.
If you’re like most people, you are using it daily.
If you share a bathroom with more than one person you then have to factor in their daily usage in addition to yours.
You also need to consider the time in between each use where your bath mat can dry and air out. The more it is used and the less time it has to dry the more likely your bath mat has unseen dirt, germs, and even mold or mildew settling in!
Wash your bath mats accordingly - This answer to how often you should wash your bath mats can be subjective and a bit complicated. To make things simple, a good rule of thumb is to wash your bath mat at least once per week.
If you find yourself in a household that shares a bathroom between two or more people, then we suggest washing your bath mats every 3 to 5 days.
If you have your own bathroom, you may be able to get away with washing your bath mats about every 10 days to prevent mold or mildew build up underneath the fabric.
Minimize long-term moisture - It’s important to create an environment that allows your bathmats to fully dry.
Turn on your bathroom’s fan or open a window during and after showers. Why?
Because adding a little ventilation to your bathroom helps cut down on the steam buildup, which can seep into both soft (read:bathmats) and hard surfaces, making your bathroom a tropical paradise for mold spores, bacteria, and other unpleasant things.