When you look after your yoga mat, it will look after you. This is a lot easier and quicker than it sounds as our cork mats are made with 100% natural cork and rubber which, have their very own antibacterial and odor-repelling properties. For the most part, the mat will just need a fresh water wipe down, but, after frequent use over a period of time, it may need a slightly deeper clean. It only takes about 10 minutes and all you need is:
- Your yoga mat
- 15 oz warm water
- 1 oz white vinegar
- Mild dish soap
- 2 towels (paper towels work too)
Unroll your yoga mat, cork side facing up, and brush off any dust or dirt that is on the surface.
In a bowl or bucket, combine the 15 oz of warm water and the 1 oz of white vinegar with a drop of the mild dish soap. If you don't have a measuring jug, a pint beer glass is usually 16 oz, so you can fill most of it with the warm water and top it off with the vinegar. Once it's combined in the bowl or bucket, gently rock the mixture back and forth to mix. Don't shake it otherwise you'll create unwanted suds.
Pro tip - Put the solution in a spray bottle for easy application.
If you have the spray bottle, spray it all over the mat so it's really wet and you can see some pools forming on the top layer. You can achieve the same result by slowly pouring the solution over the mat if you don't have a spray bottle.
Using one of your towels, gently rub the mat down. Be gentle, take your time and make sure that you aren't using an abrasive surface sponge. You may need to spend a little more time in high traffic areas, such as where you place your hands and feet.
Now that the mat has been fully wiped down, use your second towel or cloth to dry up some of the excess liquid. The mat should clearly be wet, but the pools should all be gone. The cork will dry quite quickly, but leave it flat and give it a few hours to air out and dry completely.
With the mat dry and looking and feeling fresh, you're ready to enjoy your favorite flow.
If you feel the grip isn't what it used to be, use a salt water mix for a quick and gentle wipe down. This will help to gently exfoliate any oil that may have accumulated from your practice between the cork.