Yoga mats can accumulate a surprising amount of dirt over time. From sweaty yoga sessions, outdoor practice, and journeys to and from your yoga class, there are many opportunities for your yoga mat to collect dirt and germs in its lifespan. Because of this, it’s really important to clean your yoga mat regularly. By taking good care of your yoga mat, you will promote its longevity and enjoy your investment for longer.
However, how should you best go about caring for your vegan suede yoga mat? If you’re wondering where to start, you’ve come to the right place. With our expert knowledge of microfibre yoga mats, we have put together a simple guide to help you through the process. Keep reading to learn our 4 easy steps to cleaning, maintaining, and caring for your vegan suede yoga mat.
- Remove any dust and lint:
Over time, yoga mats can collect dust and lint during your yoga sessions. Removing this should form part of your regular yoga mat maintenance routine, both to keep your mat clean and ensure that it is a comfortable and effective surface for your practice. However the process of removing dust and lint is also essential before you go in with any liquids to clean your mat. So, how should you go about this? Well, our first suggestion is that you give your mat a good shake to remove any loose dust and debris that your mat has collected. Next, to remove the more stubborn lint, roll your mat out and use a lint roller to gently swipe across the surface of your mat. Continue this process until you have removed any visible dust and debris from your mat.
- Disinfect and refresh:
Now that you have a clear surface to work on, it’s time to tackle any germs and odour that your mat may have accumulated. The easiest way for you to do this is with a homemade cleaning solution for your mat. For this, you fill a spray bottle with 3/4 water to 1/4 disinfecting cleaning solution. Our preferred concoction is one that uses a natural disinfectant like witch hazel or white vinegar and a few drops of essential oil for scent. However, whatever anti-bacterial cleaning solution you have on hand will do the trick, just make sure that it’s colourless to prevent it from staining your mat.
Add your solution into a spray bottle and you’re ready to clean. With your mat laid out flat, spritz the surface liberally with your solution. For any areas which are stained, we recommend spot cleaning using a clean cloth and more of your cleaning solution. The microfibre fabric used to create vegan suede favours a gentler approach, so avoid being heavy handed in this process. If you use your mat on a range of different surfaces, especially if you use it outdoors, you might also want to spritz and wipe the underside of your mat.
- Leave to dry:
After the disinfection process, it’s essential to ensure that you allow your mat to dry in an appropriate place and for the right length of time. We recommend hanging your mat to dry on a clothing line or laying it across a drying rack for clothes. Ensure that your mat is as flat as it can be when it is left to dry to avoid any folds or creases from occurring as it dries. Do not use a tumble dryer or a radiator to speed up the process, as the heat can damage the mat. Once your mat is completely dry, it’s ready for use again!
- Regular maintenance:
Now that your mat is clean and fresh, what can you do to maintain it? When rolling your mat up after practice, try folding the mat roughly in half, but leaving a couple of inches at the top of the mat. The top surface of the mat should be in the middle of the fold. From here, you can proceed with rolling your mat up as normal. Use this handy trick between cleaning your mat to keep the top surface of your mat clean by preventing the transfer of dirt and bacteria from the bottom layer. You should repeat these 4 cleaning steps as often as you see fit, depending on how frequently you practice yoga.