Deep Cleaning Yoga Mat Tips You Should Know
You know it’s time to give to a deep clean yoga mat when you start to see more dirt and grime on it. Do this by checking the discolored and dirty spots.
For people who live in warmer locations such as Brunei or frequently do yoga sessions in heated rooms, it is best to deep clean the yoga mats more often.
When deep cleaning a yoga mat, you must know the type of yoga mat you have first.
Here are the common types of yoga mats available in the market today.
- Open-cell yoga mat
- Closed-cell yoga mat
Steps to Deep Clean an Open-Cell Yoga Mat
- Put the yoga mat in a sink or bathtub filled with warm water and dish soap. You don’t need much soap, just one tablespoon for every gallon of water. Avoid hot water, as it may damage the mat.
- Submerge the mat in the water and allow it to soak for 5 minutes. Then lightly scrub it with a soft cloth.
- Rinse your mat with clean water to remove any soap residue.
- Once your mat is washed, shake it out. Then allow it to air dry for as long as it takes to be completely moisture-free.
Steps to Deep Clean a Closed-Cell Yoga Mat
- Lay your yoga mat out on a flat surface.
- Mix warm water and a few drops of dish soap in a bowl. (Be careful not to add too much soap.)
- Dip the rag into the soapy water, then clean the mat from top to bottom, prioritizing dirty spots, using a circular motion.
- Wipe the mat clean with a towel.
- Air dry for at least 30 minutes.
Deep Cleaning Solutions by Shoe Mo
When deep cleaning yoga mat at Shoe Mo, we use a highly concentrated, non-toxic spray cleaner designed specifically for cleaning all types of yoga mats.
Clean and revitalize your yoga mat with Shoe Mo. The cleaner will disinfect and keep your yoga mat clean to protect you from germs or bacteria that may remain on your mat after use. It’s a cleaning solution that will leave your mat feeling fresh and looking great.
From the first application, expect to notice a drastic difference in how clean and fresh your mat feels. Our spray has anti-microbial properties, which aids in removing unwanted odors and contaminants left behind by previous users. Enjoy maximum germ protection all the time.
Alternatives for Deep Cleaning Yoga Mat
A dirty, smelly yoga mat can seriously affect your state of mind when heading to a yoga class. Keeping your mat clean not only keeps it smelling fresh but also gets rid of bacteria and helps preserve the sticky surface of your most necessary piece of yoga equipment.
There are two types of yoga mats available: 1) PVC and 2) tightly woven fabric. Luckily, both are completely washable, so you shouldn’t worry about damaging your mat.
Both mats are meant to be cleaned regularly, as long as you use the right tactics. Your mat doesn’t need harsh detergents or scrubbing, but a light hand can go a long way in keeping your mat clean and bacteria-free.
If you’re nervous about damaging your yoga mat, hand washing is the way to go, particularly for PVC mats.
After each use, it’s a good idea to hand wash your mat, so fill a spray bottle with water and a few drops of dish detergent or one part water and one part vinegar.
Some also add a few drops of essential oil to make their mats smell better. After each class, you only need to spray down your mat, gently wipe it with a clean towel and then allow it to air dry.
If you don’t want to bring your spray to class, loosely roll your mat when you’re done and take it home for quick cleaning.
Fabric mats and even most PVC mats are machine washable; you just have to check the instructions for your particular mat. The trick to washing your mat in a machine is not to let it go through the spin cycle, which can pull and stretch your mat out of shape.
Use a mild laundry detergent (baby detergent works well) and run it on a delicate cycle every couple of weeks for deep cleaning. If you don’t love the idea of machine washing your mat or the instructions say not to submerge your mat in water, the bathtub works well with some laundry detergent for a light scrubbing.
How to dry and store yoga mats?
After deep cleaning the yoga mat, Make sure your yoga mat is completely dry before putting it away. A warm, damp mat can be a breeding ground for bacteria. To dry completely, hang your mat over the back of a chair or a porch railing.
Never put your yoga mat in the dryer. Once the mat is dry, roll it up tightly and store it in a place with good ventilation. Open the mat every few weeks, even if you’re not using it, to allow air circulation.
If your mat starts peeling, or if pieces of it are sticking to your workout clothes, it’s time to buy a new mat.
ShoeMo provides professional mat cleaning services to businesses, locations, and families. We provide on-site service seven days a week, so your yoga mats are kept in pristine condition all the time. Book your appointment today on our website or contact us through Whatsapp at +673 7373 123 for any inquiries.