A clean, sacred space is essential when entering your yoga practice. Having a clean mat for each yoga session will help clear your mind so you can fully immerse yourself in your deep flow. Here’s our top tips on how best to care for your Seek Solitude mat to ensure its longevity.
How often you clean your mat greatly depends on how often you use it and the type of yoga you practice. Our mats microfibre top layer is an absorbent material that soaks up any sweat and oils from our bodies. Therefore our principle is generally the more regular the flow, the more frequent the clean. So if you can’t remember the last time you cleaned your mat, then it’s time to give it a wash!
Hand Wash Only
Establishing a consistent cleaning routine is crucial, especially if you practice regularly or take hot yoga classes. This will prevent your mat from building up any bacteria or marks.
We recommend regular wipe downs of your mat using warm water and a clean, wet cloth. The yoga mat’s microsuede fabric can readily absorb moisture (which helps its user maintain a strong grip and stay grounded during a flow) so it’s important that the cloth is really well wrung out - that way the mat shouldn’t hold too much moisture and will dry faster. Be sure not to submerge the whole mat in water.
Deep Clean Sporadically
For a deeper clean or to remove any stubborn marks, use a mild, natural detergent that’s oil free. Wipe it firmly or use a gentle brush on stubborn stains (like a soft toothbrush) until clean, then wipe off the detergent with warm water before drying. Don’t scrub too vigorously as this can damage the fabric.
Once you’ve washed down your microfiber mat, lay it flat or hang it out to air dry away from the direct sunlight for extended periods of time as this may fade the mat’s colours.
Choose Dark Colours
If you prefer to practice your flow in the beautiful outdoors we suggest opting for one of our darker mat designs. Both the Speckle Yoga Mat and Contour Yoga Mat are good yoga mat options to consider as they show less than lighter colourways. However, practising outside means the mat may become more dirty over time so we still encourage regular cleaning.