Aqua Rug Review – A Look at the Shower/Bath Mat
The Aqua Rug is a sanitary alternative to standard shower mats that resists mold and mildew, while providing a more comfortable, anti-slip showering environment.
- Sanitary and mildew resistant
- Doesn’t retain excess water
- Stain resistant
- Provides a carpet-like texture to your shower
- Only available in one color
- Raises questions about trapping hair
Do you ever get the feeling that some days you wake up feeling more morning-sensitive than others, and the simplest change, like going from carpeted flooring to something smooth underfoot is terribly unsettling? And as great as the shower mats made of the same plastic-y stuff as suction cups are, that’s an even more unsettling transition, because morning me has to make three morning texture transitions, instead of just the usual rug-to-cold-floor one, which is far more traumatic to a half-awake person than it sounds.
Well, enough of my mornings start off that way for me to say that textured shower flooring is a genius idea (a feeling that may or may not be influenced by my affinity to somehow always miss the floor and slip. I’ll never tell).
Aqua rug is just what it sounds like – a rug for water, or, in this case, your shower. The construction of the rug is pretty nifty, made of anti-microbial, compression proof fibers. You’ll never have to worry about fostering a community of bacteria on your shower floor or scrub mildew stains from an old mat. Better still, the compression proof fibers ensure that you’ll never lose the cushy, soft feeling that makes showering that much more enjoyable and relaxing. You don’t need to worry about tearing or wearing out the shower mat either; it’s durably constructed to last a lifetime.
So, Why the Aqua Rug?
The secret behind the wonder is a lattice-like, breathable design that allows water to past through the fibers, instead of pooling and lingering in crevices, where mold and mildew can develop and lead to gross (and sometimes dangerous) showering environments. The fibers also ensure that the soft beige color of the mat will never fade or yellow, no matter how many times it’s washed, stepped on, or even bleached.
If you’re big on eliminating germs like I am and feel the need to clean your shower mat anyway, the Aqua Mat is surprisingly easy to clean. All of the little gaps and spaces make it really easy to lather up and you can simply fold it over and scrub it with itself, but that’s next to unnecessary. A simple rinse to remove excess soap after showering is all it takes, and your Aqua Rug is squeaky clean for the next use.
The Aqua Rug shower mat lies flat without the use of suction cups that enable it to cling to the floor – a feature that some feel is necessary to prevent slipping. However, the Aqua Rug does an excellent job of staying put with its rubber-like bottom. One of the upsides to it not having suction cups is the whole mold and mildew thing again – it doesn’t serve as a breeding ground for germs, saving you the pain of scrubbing out each individual suction cup with an old toothbrush when it comes time to clean it.
Another benefit of its cushy, spongy fiberous design is that it serves as a loofa for your feet. Most of us don’t spend time scrubbing away at our feet while showering, but the Aqua Rug is basically just a large, flat loofa that will lather up and let you rub your feet across for a thorough scrub while your shower.
Another great thing about its affinity to absorb but not retain water is that the Aqua Rug shower mat can be placed anywhere in your shower, even over the drain. No more worrying about traditional plastic mats blocking drainage or anything of the sort; the mat will lay flat over the drain and still allow water to drain from your shower uninhibited. It also helps to filter out long pieces of hair from the drain. And yes, you’re probably thinking, won’t that result in a not-so-pleasant Aqua Rug? While the mat does catch bits of stuff, it’s surprisingly easy to clean and not prone to getting too many things tangled within it, just like any traditional loofa.
The Aqua Rug is the perfect size for most standard showers, at 29 ½ inches long by 17 ¼ inches wide. But, the use of this rug doesn’t need to be limited to showers – in fact, it makes an excellent replacement for any carpet or mat you’d use in place prone to moisture, such as mudrooms, door steps, pool sides, or even as a landing pad for damp shoes.
AquaRug can be purchased from the manufacturer’s official website for just $19.99 plus an additional $7.99 for shipping and handling. For a limited time, you can receive a second rug for just the cost of shipping and handling, an offer you probably don’t want to pass up if you have a multiple-shower home. All purchases are protected by a 10 year money back guarantee.