The tips in this article refer to the kind of mat we sell in the YogaShop.
Wash your mat
To get the ideal sticky surface we recommend washing it when it is new. You can do this by tossing it in your washing machine with a little laundry detergent. YES! Wash it in your washing machine!
Choose a short gentle cycle with cool water.
They do absorb a lot of water so pick your day for ideal drying and not just before you want to use it. When it is washed, hang it outside to dry.
From time to time you can repeat this. Tossing it the machine will clean it and restore the surface.
In between times it is a great practice to spray it regularly with a mat cleaning product and wipe it down. You should choose a product that is not too harsh but which has ingredients that are anti-bacterial and freshening. You might want to check out our own recipe.
Your mat should last a long time
It is a synthetic material but it should last a long time. If you do decide to retire it, think of ways that you might repurpose it rather than sending it straight to landfill. Here are some suggestions.
under anything that you do not want to slide such as:
the dog bed
drawer liner under the drawer compartments
dogs and cats often love to lie directly on them so pop it in a sunny spt for your furry friend