After a relaxing shower or bath, stepping onto a plush bath mat brings comfort. But when it comes time to clean your bath mat, can it be tossed in the dryer like other laundry? The impact of heat drying depends greatly on the mat’s material composition. We’ll examine how various bath mat fabrics handle the dryer to help you clean your bath linens properly.
Benefits of Drying Bath Mats
In certain cases, drying bath mats offers advantages:
Quick & Convenient
Machine drying provides faster, easier drying than air drying which can take many hours. No need to hang mats.
The high heat of dryers kills mold, bacteria, and dust mites that may colonize damp bath mats.
Tumbles in the dryer help re-fluff matted down bath rugs and restore thickness.
Dryers thoroughly dry out bath mat fibers to discourage mildew growth common with humidity.
Heated drying helps remove musty odors that damp bath mats tend to acquire.
Dryers can help re-soften cotton bath mats with fabric softener products added.
When possible, machine drying provides greater convenience and hygiene for bath mats.
Risks of Drying Certain Bath Mats
However, not all bath mat materials and constructions fare well in dryers:
Adhesive holding rubber backing can melt in high heat. Stick-on appliqués may also peel off.
PVC or vinyl backing on mats can warp, shrink or develop holes when machine dried.
Pure natural rubber becomes stiff and cracked when machine dried due to loss of elasticity.
The coarse natural fibers of jute and sisal easily tangle and knot when machine dried.
Braided, looped and shaggy bath mat textures tend to snarl and unravel in the dryer.
Latex Foam Layers
Foam latex layers for cushioning lose pliability and start crumbling with repeated high heat.
Special textured surfaces for traction and skid-resistance may degrade over time in the dryer.
Heat drying clearly presents risks for certain bath mat materials and constructions.
Fabrics That Can Go in the Dryer
Taking into account those cautions, these are bath mat fabrics safely dried:
All-cotton bath mats can withstand very high dryer heat settings like the Cottons or High setting.
Polyester dries quickly and holds its shape well when machine dried.
Olefin Fabric Blends
Rugs labeled 100% olefin or olefin-polyester blends do well in the dryer.
Microfiber bath mats without rubber backing dry well without excess shrinkage on Medium or Low.
Standard terrycloth cotton bath mats retain absorbency and thickness after machine drying.
Bamboo has excellent strength and stability retaining softness through dryer heat.
Durable and resilient, nylon bath mat fibers dry fast and emerge unscathed.
100% natural or synthetic bath mats typically handle heat drying without issue.
Fabrics to Air Dry Instead
When uncertain about how your bath mat will react to heat, air dry to be safe:
Bleach is fine on white cotton mats but will discolor dyed mats. Check labels for bleach instructions.
Why do bath mats get stiff after washing?
Insufficient rinsing leaves soap residues that coat fibers causing stiffness. Extra rinse cycles prevent this.
Give your bath mats that plush, cozy feel again! Bring dingy, worn out bath mats into Laundry Pile in Austin, TX. Our gigantic commercial washers and dryers thoroughly deep clean and soften even the heaviest soiled linens. We safely lift stains, remove odors, and restore fluffiness to revive your bath mats. Our experts can also inspect mat materials and recommend drying or air drying based on what’s safest.