Did you know that many items – like blankets, rugs and bath mats – can go into your laundry as well as your clothes?
An easy way to get household furnishings cleaned up and tackle deep-down dirt, washing your blankets, mats and rugs in the washing machine is quick and simple … if you know how.
Read our easy to follow guide on how to wash blankets, rugs and bath mats, and learn how your washing machine can help get these items looking great again.
How to wash bath mats
We all know that family life means extra laundry loads, and regular washing of bath mats can only add to this, but washing bath maths in the washing machine can save time. Simply grab your favourite detergent and follow these steps on how to wash bath mats. Don’t forget to check it is machine washable first by reading the care label!
- Shake the mat to loosen any particles or dirt – remember to clean your floor up afterwards!
- Apply a small amount of Persil small & mighty liquid to pre-treat any stubborn stains
- Wash the bath mat as normal in your washing machine. Set the machine for a large load if washing your bathroom mat set in one load as this will freer movement in the drum. You should also select a warm cycle to ensure a deep and thorough clean
- Dry your mat in the open air for a fresh finish – make sure it is completely dry before replacing on the floor in your bathroom. If the weather prevents you then you can dry your bathmat in a tumble dryer on a low heat or using an indoor airer. Remember to check the care label first and open a window to prevent musty smells and damp while drying this item indoors.
Top tip: check your detergent packaging to find the recommended dose before washing your bath mats. You may also want to think about whether your chosen detergent is suitable for the material of your mat.
How to wash a rug
Does your rug need a makeover? If so, then you might be pleased to know you could be able to put it in the washing machine. Check the care label to find out if your rug is machine washable and follow our tips on how to wash a rug to get started.
1. For rugs that can go in the washing machine:
Hardier rugs made from thick or course fabrics may be suitable for machine washing but you’ll need to check the care label first. You should also consider the size of the rug and make sure your washing machine has the capacity to handle an item of this size. Here's how to wash a rug in the washing machine:
- Vacuum the back of the rug
- Vacuum the front of the rug taking care to avoid any delicate tassels
- Place your rug in a pillow case for extra protection
- Place your rug in the washing machine drum
- Add a detergent suitable for the material – try Persil Silk & Wool for delicate woollen rugs
- Choose an appropriate wash cycle and temperature, referring to your washing machine’s manual and the care instructions on the rug’s label
2. For rugs that cannot go in the washing machine
Rugs made from delicate materials or which are too big to fit in your machine will need to be handwashed or sent to a professional dry cleaner. If washing at home, you may want to wash it in the bath to make the process easier. Here’s how to wash rugs and bath mats by hand:
- Prepare a bowl of warm water and detergent – such as Persil Silk & Wool
- Using a clean colour-fast cloth, dab the rug with the water and detergent solution to loosen dirt. Work across the rug methodically and use an old, soft toothbrush to work the cleaning solution deep into fibres of heavily stained areas
- Let the rug dry naturally – outside if you can
- Vacuum the rug again once completely dry and put back in your home
How to wash a blanket
Blankets need to be washed regularly, especially if they are used everyday. We recommend washing blankets and comforters every two to three weeks to make sure that they stay soft, fluffy, and smelling fresh. Most blankets can go straight into the washing machine, but always check the blanket's care tag beforehand if you are unsure.
1. For blankets that can go in the washing machine:
- First of all, check the blanket's care tag for washing instructions to make sure that it is machine washable.
- Place the blanket in the washing machine and set it to the recommended wash cycle.
- Add a dose of your favourite laundry detergent. If the blanket is made of a delicate fabric, use a detergent that is designed for washing delicates, like Persil Silk & Wool.
- Add a fabric softener, like Comfort, following the usage instructions on the product label.
- Dry the blanket as recommended on the blanket's care tag.
2. For blankets that cannot go in the washing machine:
- Check the blanket's care tag for washing instructions. Don't attempt to wash the blanket if it is dry-clean only.
- If the blanket can be handwashed, fill a bathtub with warm water and a dose of handwashing detergent that is designed for delicates, like Persil Silk & Wool.
- Submerge the blanket in the soapy water, leaving it to soak for 5-10 minutes, before swirling it around to make sure that it is washed thoroughly.
- Rinse the blanket in fresh water, before gently squeezing out the excess water. Take care not to wring the fabric as this could stretch the blanket out of shape.
- Hang the blanket to dry naturally.
Washing bathroom mats, rugs and home furnishings
So, there you have it. Washing blankets, bathroom mats and household rugs needn’t be a chore! Check the care label of your blankets, rugs and mats, and follow our instructions to clean your household furnishings quickly and easily at home. If you’re interested in cleaning other furnishings at the same time as your mats and rugs then check out our articles on Washing Sofa Covers and Soft Furnishings, or Essential Tips on How to Wash Curtains.