Bathmats have a long history as they are descendants of all sorts of rugs and carpets. The first mats were made 2000 to 3000 years ago. The oldest mats were funeral mats made of natural fibres. While some of the bath mats were made of bamboo or coir, the ones which are mostly used nowadays are made of cotton or are plastic or rubber-backed. Hence, caring for them properly is important.
Buying a bath mat
Choosing a bathroom mat is the first step in determining its care. Mats for the bathroom can be specific to that use or any small rug that you would like. The rugs which are meant for the bathroom are designed to hold water, helping to control moisture which is the inevitable result of stepping from a shower or bath. These mats are thicker than towels, yet work in the same fashion - a cloth sponge of sorts. Many of these mats are made of cotton. Another bathroom mat is the kind which has a backing which can be plastic or rubber. This backing helps to prevent the mat from slipping on the floor. Bath mats can be bought separately or as bath mat sets which include a mat which fits around the front of a toilet.
Non-backed bath mat care
This mat is quite easy to care for and can include the mats or rugs which are not specific to bathroom use. Materials used can include chenille, rayon, polypropylene, and acrylic. After each shower or bath, these mats or rugs should be hung up to dry. This helps to prevent the creation of mildew or mould. When it is time to wash the mat, you can do so in the washing machine. Check the label for care instructions. The mat can go into the dryer or be hung on a line if you prefer.
Backed bath mat care
The backed bath mat requires more attention. Like the non-backed mat, this bath mat should be hung up after each use to prevent the build-up of mildew or mould. You can hang it up with the backing up or the other way around. Letting it dry completely between uses is important. Check the care instructions on the label before washing. Most of these mats can be washed in the washer on a cold temperature. It is not a good idea to dry them in the dryer as this can help to accelerate the break-down of the backing. Hang them to dry.