How often should you replace a bathmat?
Bath mats, whatever their material, are built with durability in mind, so a quality bath mat will last approximately two years. Beyond this, you should start to notice your mat losing absorbency, becoming slightly less plush or, with in-tub mats, possibly starting to discolour. In the case of toilet pedestal mats, you may want to change them more often for the sake of hygiene. If your mat is in need of replacing, you should consider the following:
• The style: Number one on most people’s list, you want your new mat to fit in seamlessly with the rest of your bathroom. In-tub mats come in a range of colours and shapes, opaque or translucent, thick or thin, textured or smooth designs. Floor mats come in towel, cotton, textured or wooden varieties.
• When it comes to cleaning, some mats are machine washable and others require cleaning by hand in warm or cold water before being left to dry, so decide which best suits your requirements.
• Some mats offer the added bonus of anti-fungal protection which contributes to their lifespan and keeps the mat and tub hygienic for longer – a good choice for busy people.
Bath mats can serve another purpose too: getting youngsters excited about bath time. Bestselling designs include a fun colourful mat and another shaped like a crocodile to make bath time that little more appealing to youngsters.