Cleaning Bath Mats, Floor Mats, and Shower Liners

In Cleaning Tips by Calgary's Neatfreak

The next time you clean your bathroom or have one of our neatfreaks® clean your bathrooms for you, you may want to consider washing your bathmats/floor mats and shower liners. Is your shower liner crusty, orange or hard? Is that “no slip” bath mat in your tub have black slimy suction cups? Are your bath floor looking nasty? I will make this simple. If you answered YES, you and your family are exposed to mold, mildew and bacteria. Black = mold. Orange = bacteria and mold is beginning to grow. Cleaning bathtubs and showers are easier to keep clean when we can keep the mold under control.

The bathroom is a natural breeding ground for mold, mildew and bacteria/fungus due to the constant moisture and warmth. Your skin is likely in contact with these surfaces and bathroom surfaces can become damaged over time.

If you don’t clean these items on a regular basis, your feet can be subject to the transmission of athletes foot, or other fungal infections on dirty bath mats. With shower curtains/liners, you may be spreading further mold and mildew to other adjacent surfaces or your skin. Once you drain your bathtub, the “no slip” mat sits in the water trapped beneath, a breeding ground for mold. Here are the 5 things you can do to control bacteria and avoid damaging walls, shower enclosures, window sills, casings, ceilings and fixtures!

  1. Remove the moisture from the room by turning on the bathroom fan for as long as possible during and after the shower or bath.
  2. Leave the bathroom door open to allow excess moisture to escape the bathroom.
  3. Leave the shower curtain or door open.
  4. Consider cleaning bathmats monthly and shower curtains when you see the first sign of orange or crust forming.
  5. Lift the bath mat up after showering or bathing and stand it on end (or as much on end as it will stand).

Here’s how I wash all these items; Place one of these items in the washing machine with two bath towels in warm or cold water on the gentle cycle. The bath towels causes a natural friction between the other items you clean. Hang the mats to air dry (mats with rubber backing can be damaged from the heat of the dryer or direct sunlight). Hang the shower curtain and liner back up on the shower rod immediately. If the shower curtain or liner is really nasty, try adding 1/2 cup baking soda to your detergent during the wash cycle and 1/2 cup vinegar during the rinse cycle. Let it drip-dry; don’t put it in the dryer. You can also pre-treat with a paste of soda and water and a nail brush. If the “no slip” bath mat has black moldy suction cups underneath, try placing the mat in an empty dishwasher on the top rack! Now your entire bathroom will be truly clean!