Trend data has revealed that bath mats are becoming the ultimate statement of style when it comes to bathrooms.
Searches for “bobble bath mat”, “pumpkin bath mat” and “funky bath mat” surged by 1660% in the last 90 days.
Conscious of the unhygienic habits this trend may encourage, and after a survey found a third admitted to washing their mats just two times a year, we wanted to remind people planning to add soft furnishings to their shower set up how to keep it clean.
Bathrooms are no longer just a place of functionality, they are space that people are paying more attention to when adding personal touches, as they look to create their ideal sanctuary.
Bath mats are definitely on the rise as a stand-out feature that are used to inject colour and fun into a space – with novelty prints, tactile materials and intriguing shapes just some of the unique ways to make the trend your own.
See my advice below on how to prioritise hygiene whilst accessorising with style.
Wash once a week
When it comes to washing a bath mat, once a week is advised for the average bathroom setting.
I’d always say to base how frequently you clean an item like this on your specific household and usage.
Whilst once a week is recommended, if you live alone or in a quiet footfall household, two weeks should be enough to keep your bath mat looking and smelling fresh.
However, as we head into winter, its important to note that with increased humidity levels that you may want to wash more often than usual to avoid build-up of mould.
Add a bath mat liner for a cleaner bath mat
Add a liner to your chosen bath mat for increased protection against bacteria and easier cleaning.
Liners can make your bath mat and overall bathroom more hygienic by preventing moisture from being absorbed into the floor underneath.
This can reduce the risk mildew growth beneath the mat. Liners are usually easier to clean than the bath mat itself.
You can remove and wash the liner separately to keep it fresh and free from any accumulated grime or bacteria.
Use suitable cleaning methods
What you use to clean your bath mat will depend on its material and design.
For example, cleaning a rattan mat will require more care to avoid damaging the natural material.
You’d be better using a cloth to carefully wipe down as opposed to washing in a machine like a regular cotton mat.
If you have a particularly colourful bath mat, perhaps a novelty design, you should opt for a gentle wash cycle to avoid any fading or bleeding that could ruin your overall aesthetic.
Always use a detergent whether it’s for tougher materials and stain removal or a milder formula to ensure you kill of unwanted microbes.
Show us your bath mats!
Do you have an amazing bath mat that you just couldn’t live without?
Have you recently updated and added the perfect finishing touch with a bobble mat, or maybe put a pumpkin mat down for Halloween?
Let us know in the comments or tag us on Instagram!
Rikki has a passion for interior design and an even bigger passion for writing about it. When she isn’t writing about gorgeous bathroom interiors, you’ll find her discovering all of the latest trends.