Simple Steps to Mat Care
By West Norwood Therapies Team, May 28 2019 09:44AM
Yoga teacher Emma Klein sharese her top tips for keeping yourmat in tip top condition
Having a beautiful mat is great but taking care of it is extremely important to ensure it lasts.
Here are some simple tips to help your mat last:
1. Keep it Clean
Spraying your mat down after each use and giving it a good wash once a week or after approximately 10 uses is extremely important. Keeping your mat clean will prolong its life and keep it smelling great when you use it. Most mats can be put into the washing machine on a cool cycle and then left to dry for a few days. Below is a simple, easy and natural antibacterial spray you can use after class.
Having an easy way to regularly spray down your mat isn't difficult. Here is a recipe that I use all the time.
1 Part Water to 2 Parts Witch Hazel eg 120ml Water, 60ml Witch Hazel
5 Drops Tea Tree Oil
5 Drops Essential Oil
You can use any scent that takes your fancy. I usually use Lavender or Ylang Ylang but you can use anything that you don't mind smelling when you sweat on your mat. Be sure to avoid citrus based scents though as they will erode your mat.
Put all the above into the bottle and happy spraying :)
2. Keep it Dry
Ensuring that your mat is properly dry before packing it away is vital. Rolling up and storing a damp mat will allow germs to breed and your mat will start to smell. Your mat will also deteriorate faster than if you store it away completely dry.
This is sometimes harder if you sweat a lot on your mat. If you can, unroll your mat and leave it to air dry over night after your practice before packing it away
3. Roll it Don't Fold it
By folding your mat, you create weak lines and these areas are more prone to wear and tear. By rolling your mat it evenly distributes the wear ensuring it lasts longer
4. Flip it
Rotate your mat with every practice. This allows for an even distribution of use front and back and side to side so that the mat doesn't wear in one specific area e.g. where you always put your hands.
The more love you give your mat the longer it will last.
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