Cork Bath Mat - Small

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$24.00

Antifungal cork bath mats

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Replace a bacteria-breeding bath mat with this all-natural cork alternative. It’s naturally antifungal because it won’t hold moisture. Dries quickly; provides a soft, nonslip surface. Sustainably harvested; manufacturer is a certified member of the Forest Stewardship Council™. Choose small (23¼"L x 17½"W x ½"D) or large size (35½"L x 23¾"W x ½"D). Portugal.

Cork Bath Mat Features:
  • Sustainably harvested, all-natural cork mat
  • A spa-like addition for the bathroom or shower
  • Naturally nonslip, cork resists mold, mildew and bacteria growth
  • Antifungal
  • Dries quickly
PrintWipe clean with damp cloth. Prop cork bath mat up after use to be sure the underside dries completely. For use outside tub or shower only. Small: 23¼"L x 17½"W x ½"D
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Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 52 reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Good idea but needs perfecting We've had these mats  for years in bathrooms with bold color tiles. They're pretty convenient, although they do warp and need  to be carefully dried  so they don't mildew.  Then  we purchased one for a bathroom with a white  and  light gray marble  floor. Even when only slightly damp,  the color of the mat stained the floor and the stain does not come out.   Needless to say we won't be purchasing or recommending these mats anymore -  which is too bad because the concept  is so practical. October 26, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by My experience was not good My experience with the large mat was not positive. The mat did not absorb water; it warped within a few weeks and it grew mold like a slice of bread. I tried disinfecting the mat, leaving it in the hot, Texas sun for a few weeks, and weighting it down with heavy stones to straighten it out. I finally relegated the mat to the garage where it may cushion something in the future. It isn't going back in the bathroom. August 31, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Perfect mat for my small bathroom This has a great feel and absorbency and is just the right size for stepping out of the shower in my small bathroom. We had a slight casualty when a chunk of the mat broke off, but it is otherwise a great way to keep water messes to a minimum. August 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by I have been using this mat for over a year. I have a big one for master bath and a small one for guest bath. Before that I've tried several cotton mats. With a cotton mat it gets wet and accumulates dirt and hair, so I have to wash them frequently and soon it becomes a hassle. With this mat I could just vacuum it when vacuum the bathroom floor. And it doesn't seem to get dirty or attracts dirt. It feels nice to stand on it due to the pattern, and my husband loves it since it's like a foot massage. Reading other reviews some people thought it will absorb water. It doesn't! If you are really wet when stepping onto it, water just accumulates. But that doesn't bother me at all. Think about it: if it absorbs water, it has to get dry from inside out to avoid mold. This way water doesn't really get inside and will just vaporize quickly. After 1.5 year of use, the big one does get warped somewhat, and it got a little bit mold underneath. I think it's because I always step onto it really wet, and never shake the water off. I'm buying another one to replace this one and I'll be more careful this time. Even with that, I'm so much more happier with this one than a cotton mat. The price is a bit high, so wait for when there is a sale! August 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great addition to bathroom! I purchased two of these bathmats since I really hate the idea of icky stuff growing on the bathroom floor - but also don't like to step out of the shower on the cold tile. This mat holds up very well, even when REALLY wet. (I usually just shake it off when I'm done, so excess water doesn't sit on it.) I also really like the feel of it; the cork is nice and bouncy. Good buy! August 9, 2012
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You can take a nylon brush and soap to it and most of the time that will take care of it. If that doesn't work you can try using a wire brush to take it off and then wipe it down with a little diluted bleach. It could just be normal dirt build up from use. If your bath room is very humid it is likely not drying properly. If you live in a humid area or your bathroom is very humid I recommend propping the mat up against the wall or tub so both side can air off.
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I put the bumpy side up. It actually feels like a foot massage. I would not put anything on top. That would nullify the benefits.
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The mat can be used with either side facing up, it really is up to the customers preference. You could place a bath mat on top of the cork but it would sort of defeat the purpose of using the cork.
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It seems from the reviews that sometimes the mats mold underneath.
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It seems as though mold can grow any where. I would just make sure the bottom of my map was dry.
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No mold on any of ours.
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I just got a new mat for Christmas, 2009. My mat has begun to break apart along the corners. It has weakened considerably since I got it. I had originally given it 5-stars, but now I can only give it three-stars because it didn't last all that long.

The picture clearly shows that two corners have broken off and that the mat itself has warped, even though I had been turning it over to the other side periodically.

I wouldn't suggest not getting it, but if you do, don't expect it to last too long.
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Mine haven't molded yet - that I know of! - but I guess one could give them a weekly spray with vinegar as a preventative measure.
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I have not had any mold or mildew issues yet in my nearly 3 years with 2 of these mats. I use the AC and heat sparingly and prefer to have windows open in my So. Cal home. That being said I only had a window in my bathroom for about 1 of the 3 years. I am not sure what causes the mold and mildew issues that others have had or what it is that prevents me from having those issues.
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I think it depends on the climate. We have lot of people here in the Colorado office whom have this mat in there homes and none of them have had problems with mold. However it's pretty dry here. I generally recommend propping the mat up against the tub or wall to dry if it seems like it's holding a lot of moisture under it.
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No, it is completely natural.
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None that I can see.
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Nope! It's just cork - just like what you see in a bottle of wine. It's possible that adhesives hold all those little bits together, but I think they're just pressed into place, and hold. There are certainly no finishes.
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No, the mat is pure cork. No adhesives, no finishes, just all natural cork.
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There are no finishers on this product. Just cork.
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From the photo, which can't be enlarged, it looks like there is a pattern to this mat, perhaps even a raised pattern. Is that true? Or is it a nice slab of regular cork? Thanks.
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Yes it does have a slight pattern, up and down. Almost like a wave.
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It is a nice 1/4-inch slab of cork with gentle bumps on top. The pattern you see is their shadows.
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Yes, there's a pattern of raised bumps. Keeps it from looking completely like a corkboard ;) It also makes it comfortable to stand on.
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There's a gently textured surface, like waves, on one side. It feels like a massage on your feet when you stand on it.
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This mat does have ridges it is not a flat slab of cork.
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