It is not uncommon to find that some of us ruin our mats while cleaning them. If washed without adequate care, after a wash or two, your favorite bathroom rugs or door mat may end up looking like a wet crow and you keep wondering what went wrong!
Since a mat/rug collects ample amount of moisture, dirt and hairs, skipping your cleaning schedule and promoting dirt accumulation is clearly NOT an alternative. Cleaning them regularly is very important to keep them in shape. So what is it that can be done?
Several mats have a rubber-backing, which on one hand makes it more safe and prevent slipping, on the other hand it makes it infeasible to toss them inside machine along with other washables.
Here are some cleaning guidelines for you so that you can preserve your rugs for a long time.
1. Read the label carefully
If you buy a bath mat or rug from a standard home furnishing store in India, you are most likely to find a washable direction on its label. Most of the rugs are machine washable. While some of them are hand washable.
2. Dust off the rug outside
Shake the rug against a solid surface such as wall or pillar to dust off as much dust as possible prior to washing.
3. Throw the rugs in machine
Toss no more or less than two rugs at a time. The reason being, two will keep the load balanced and will also act as scrubbing material to remove dust. If you don’t have two at that moment, use a couple of towels to keep the balanced.
4. Use the right detergents
No matter what you read on internet, use of bleach and vinegar on rugs and mats it is not a good idea. With time bleach can dissolve the rubber backing and thus ruin the rug. Instead use can use a little oxygenated bleach with regular detergent. You can also toss half a cup of borax in order to disinfect the mats.
5. Pour cold water
Using hot water is a strict no-no as it can separate the glue between the rug and its rubber backing. Also the use of borax and oxygenated bleach goes well with cold water.
6. Air dry it until it dries completely
Never spin mats and rugs, otherwise the adhesive will get ruin within a short duration. So after washing dry them out in sun. this also ensure that it remains sanitized.
The rugs that you find in the home furnishing stores in India are ideally supposed to be washed once in a week to once in a month depending upon the hygiene level of your family. Besides keeping it clean you are also supposed to make the long lasting.