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Bathroom Rugs – different types of bathroom rugs and mats and how to keep them clean.

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Bathroom rugs need not necessarily be
made of any special or unusual materials, but there are some points to
bear in mind, especially depending on how wet the bathroom rug will get.

There are generally two categories of
rugs that are used in bathrooms: ones that are designed specifically and
intended for bathrooms, and those that are not. This may sound obvious
at first, but it clears the way for which we can understand which are
the most suitable, and if there are any important considerations before
placing any rug in the bathroom (and subject to the high humidity and
constant moisture of a bathroom environment).

Rugs that are designed for the

These are typically very plain rugs, and
made of either cotton, or chenille. This is due to the fact that these
are less susceptible to damage from water than perhaps wool is. There
are a whole variety of these types of rugs to choose from, and prices
start from as low as £2 GBP (less than $4 USD at the time of writing).

A typical bath mat will be in the
dimensions between 40 x 70 cm and 90 x 60 cm. Of course they can be
larger and smaller, but that is the typical dimensions.

Cotton bathroom mats: these are
simply flat, thin, cotton mats created in a size similar to explained
above. Cotton is a relatively durable material, but eventually constant
wetting without proper drying will wear the rug out and begin to
collapse the cotton strands.

Bamboo bathroom mat: these are
thin, flat and solid rug pieces. They are of course in the colour of
bamboo, and flexible to a degree, as you would expect from bamboo.
Relatively well wearing in the circumstances, the only downside is that
they are not soft on bare feet.

Chenille Bathroom mats: Although
there are many types of Chenille fibres, most often referred to when
talking about Chenille bathroom mats are either a form of Rayon,
Acrylic, or most often polypropylene. Since the 1990s, the production of
Chenille yarn has been very uniform, without any of the previous flaws
and inaccuracies which used to plague this type of yarn. These man made
fibres are great for the bathroom since they are a less susceptible to
destruction through constant exposure to water.

Other rugs that are not really designed
for the bathroom can and are used in the bathroom, but again, there is
always the danger that they are not dried out properly and will become
damaged beyond repair. For some this is not an issue since the rugs are
not the most expensive rugs anyway.

Lets break this down a moment.

A kelim rug from Persia, China,
India or Turkey is also another possible solution, and as these are all
flatweave rugs, they are possible more suitable, simply because they
will most likely dry out quicker, with less of a possibility for mould
or mildew.

Kelims, most cotton rugs, and the like
are flatweave, the typically oriental rug is a pile rug. Anything that
is tufted, or knotted, will have a pile, to a greater or lesser degree.
Those that have been woven, will usually be flatweave (i.e. very thin,
flat rugs).

A pile rug is more likely to hold water
in itself, and will most likely take longer to dry out. This will in
turn, over time, cause damage of the foundations (that is the warp and
the weft) and can of course result in mould in certain places.read more about
mold and how to deal with it.

How to clean your bathroom mats.

Since these are designed to be used in
water areas, they are relatively easy to wash. You can in most cases
simply use a washing machine, but please observe the following:

Always check the washing instructions
that come with the rug.

If you wish, use stain removers to tackle
difficult stains.

If you have several rugs to clean at
once, remember to separate rugs by colour! 

Do not wash the rugs with any clothes.

Rinse the rugs thoroughly.

You can use the tumble dryer with an
appropriate setting or for some fibres it may be more appropriate to
allow the rugs to dry naturally.

To liven up the white rugs and restore a
white colour, you can use either a small amount of non-chlorine bleach
to water when washing, or you can use a small amount of hydrogen