How to Clean a Rubber Shower Mat

Updated July 05, 2018

Rubber mats are used in showers to prevent slipping by providing a surface with traction on which to stand and move. Keeping your shower mat clean helps maintain an aesthetically pleasing bathtub and prevents slippery algae or dangerous mould from building up. Cleaning your rubber mat is simple to do.

Pick up the bath mat so that it is loose and not stuck to the bottom of the shower with the suctions holding it in place.

Plug the drain of the bathtub and fill it with warm water deep enough to submerge the bath mat.

Pour two cups of chlorine bleach into the water.

Put on gloves.

Submerge the rubber mat.

Scrub the mat with the brush on both sides. Make sure to get into any grooves or ridges on the mat.

Drain the water/bleach from the tub.

Rinse the tub and mat.

Place detergent on the mat and scrub.

Rinse thoroughly and replace on the shower floor.


Always make sure the room is ventilated when working with bleach. Never mix bleach and detergents. This can lead to noxious fumes if the wrong chemicals are combined.

Things You'll Need

  • Chlorine bleach
  • Water
  • Mild detergent
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Rubber gloves
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