Product Type: Argos in Homeware
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No Slipping in the Bath
Argos Value Range Rubber Bath Mat
Member Name: SusanLesley
Argos Value Range Rubber Bath Mat
Advantages: Cheap, does the job
Disadvantages: I don't really like the feel of it underfoot
A few years ago my mother in law, who was than almost 80 years old, had a hip replacement. After her initial period of recovery she came to visit us so we decided that we had to make everything as easy and as safe as possible for her. We put grab rails in the shower and next to the toilets to give her a bit of extra support and we decided to get a rubber non slip bath mat as well.
Our shower is over the bath and, whilst there is a non-slip coating on the bath, we thought that the rubber mat would give an extra feeling of security for mom in law.
The way we looked at it was - a rubber mat is pretty much the same no matter where you buy it from or how much you spend on it. As a result we went for a cheap one! The one we chose was the Argos Value Range Rubber Bath Mat in Ivory. I forget how much we paid for ours but they are currently reduced from £2.99 to £1.73.
It is not the prettiest thing to look at - in fact the ivory colouring makes it look a bit grubby to my way of thinking. It is 57cm long by 36cm wide and it is made from rubber (of course). It has lots of drainage holes so that the water passes through it rather than resting on the top which would be somewhat slippery and defeat the object! The mat also has safety suckers on the bottom so that you can stick it securely to the base of the bath.
To use this mat you just have to place it on the bottom of the bath and push it down firmly to make sure that the suckers stick the mat to the bath. You then stand on the mat to take your shower and, to be fair; it does feel very secure underfoot. You can also leave it in place whilst you have a bath so that you can get in and out without slipping.
I rarely take a bath as I have showers these days so I can't comment on the feeling of taking a bath with this mat in place, although I have to say that the idea does not appeal to me. The mat stayed in place throughout my mother in law's visit and I didn't mind using it myself although I am happier without it. I don't feel the need for the extra security that the mat brings.
To remove the mat from the bath you just have to lift the corner and pull it clear - the suckers release their grip quite easily. What I did find was that there was a lot of hair and bits underneath it when I removed it even though it had only been in place for a week or so. I think that, if I was going to use this for any length of time, I would need to remove it for cleaning every couple of days or so.
In conclusion I would say that the mat is excellent and does the job that it was bought to do although I have to say that I am happier without it in my bath!
Summary: Does the job!
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