How to Wash Bathroom Rugs


Bathroom rugs are an area of carpeting that may easily receive the most wear and tear in your home. These rugs are placed around sinks, bathtubs and toilets--all areas where moisture, dirt and other elements accumulate. Since the rugs are small, most are machine washable and require very little work to maintain. Before washing, read the care instructions tag on the bottom of the rugs to determine if they are machine washable, or if they need to be hand washed.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Washing machine
  • Laundry detergent

Machine Washing

  • Place the rugs in your washing machine, with nothing else in the machine except the rugs.

  • Turn the machine on using a cold-water wash setting and large-load size so the rugs can move freely during washing.

  • Pour 1 capful of your normal laundry detergent into the washing machine, and turn the machine on. Let the machine run its full cycle.

  • Remove the rugs from the washing machine, and dry according to the instructions on the tag of the rug. Most will instruct you to either hang dry the rugs, or place them in your dryer on a tumble-dry setting.

Hand Washing

  • Pour 1 capful of your regular laundry detergent into the bathtub.

  • Fill your tub with enough cold water to submerge the rugs.

  • Place the rugs in the water, submerge completely, and agitate vigorously for 5 minutes. Use your hands to scrub over the rugs and loosen any buildup.

  • Drain the tub water, and either turn on your shower to rinse the rugs, or refill the tub with enough clear cold water to submerge the rugs.

  • Wring out the rugs to get as much water out of them as possible, and hang the rugs to dry.

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