Everything You Need To Know About Bathroom Rugs

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First things first, a bathroom rug is different from a bathroom mat.

A bathroom mat is usually placed outside bathtubs. It absorbs excess water when you get out of the tub and helps keep the excess water off the tiles to prevent you from a possible wet floor slip or accident.

A bathroom rug, on the other hand, is multipurpose. If you are fancy, a bathroom rug can complete the overall feel or design of your bathroom. It also makes the bathroom a lot cozier. With many colors, sizes and textures to choose from, you can easily change your bathroom vibe by just changing the bathroom rug. It can also serve the purpose of a bathroom mat, but is not limited to the bathtub side. Bathroom rugs can also be placed under sink stands or as contour toilet rugs that add comfort, warmth and support in cold weather.

But not all people like the idea of putting rugs in their bathrooms. Some people think it’s gross having to imagine all the germs and molds that will grow on a damp bathroom rug. Others just want to keep it functional, a minimalist bathroom without any clutter. Or you just don’t want the extra work of cleaning up a bathroom rug. If you want to add a little flair to your bathroom without the hassles above, choose a bathroom rug that is low maintenance, durable and easy to clean.

The Perfect Bathroom Rug

Consider the following questions before buying your first bathroom rug or when buying a replacement for the old one. You want to make sure that you get all your money’s worth. 

  • Is it low maintenance? Check if it’s easy to clean and easy to dry. Is it machine-washable? You want a bathroom rug, not a breeding ground for germs.
  • Is it durable? How often do you need to wash it and how long does it take to dry? Will your bathroom rug last long, given it should be washed and dried that often?
  • Is it safe to use? There are bathroom rugs with rubber backs that improve the rug’s hold on the floor, preventing it from slipping. Some have added antibacterial technology that prevents the growth of mold, mildew and other germs that cause an unwanted smell.
  • What material is it made from? Choose a bathroom rug that is both functional and comfortable. You will never run out of options to choose from.

Bathroom Rug Materials and Cleaning Tips

Bathroom rugs are mostly made out of the materials listed below. They are the safest materials not only for you but for your floor as well. Since they will be exposed to constant moisture, they must be absorbent and quick drying. As mentioned, it will be lovely if it’s machine-washable as well.


This material is becoming the favorite choice because it’s absorbent, quick-drying, has a good floor hold, and is durable. Flat or plush, it is one of the softest options for a bathroom rug. It can do the job well in keeping your bathroom floors clean and dry. The best part is that it’s machine-washable. There are also hypoallergenic microfibers in the market for those who are sensitive to synthetic fabrics.


If you want to give your bathroom a natural vibe, go for this material. They don’t absorb much water and are considered slip-proof. Varnished types of bamboo bathroom rugs are mold and mildew-resistant. Therefore, there will be no issues with unwanted smells. It may lack the comfort and softness of traditional bathroom rugs, but they surely make up for the aesthetic part.


They are known for their durability, plus it’s also machine-washable. It may not be the softest choice, but it is still comfortable to use. It is fairly absorbent and also quick to dry.


This is the most common and the most favored choice before the introduction of the microfiber bathroom rugs. It’s highly absorbent but its ability to dry depends on the environment. Cotton is one of the softest choices and also machine-washable.


This is the most resistant material to water damage of all the materials available. It’s similar to cotton, plush and comfortable.

Memory Foam

The cushiony comfort of your bedroom pillows and mattress, now in your bathroom rugs. Mostly machine-washable but some still require hand washing.

How to Clean Bathroom Rugs

How to clean your bathroom rugs will depend on the material you choose. The frequency will depend on how often you use them. If you are a big family sharing a single bathroom, then you might consider changing and washing your bathroom rugs more than once a week. Keep in mind the washing instructions from their tags to make sure that you will clean and not ruin them in the process. If you choose the machine-washable types, you have no worries that they will add up to your endless house chores.

Washing Bathroom Rugs by Hand

  • Bring the bathroom mat outside for some beating. This will help loosen hair and dirt attached to the rug.
  • Use DIY or commercial stain removers to get rid of stains.
  • Mix some detergent and water in a basin big enough to soak the bathroom rug. Use oxygenated bleach if your rugs are extra dirty.
  • Let the bathroom rug soak for a good 30 minutes before gently scrubbing or brushing it.
  • Wash off all the dirty water and detergent and let it dry outside.

Washing Bathroom Rugs by Washing Machine 

  • Bring the bathroom mat outside for some beating. This will help loosen hair and dirt attached to the rug.
  • Use DIY or commercial stain removers to get rid of stains.
  • Fill your washing machine with detergent and water.
  • Wash your bathroom rugs together with other rugs in your house to balance out the weight in your washing machine.
  • Use oxygenated bleach if your rugs are extra dirty and to remove tough stains.
  • Check if you can machine dry your bathroom rugs. If not, dry them outside.

Prestigious Cleaning Team Can Help You 

We understand if you may not have the time to clean your home. If that’s the case, the Prestigious Cleaning Team can do the job for you. We’ll clean your home using the right process. Our team also does other cleaning services

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