Unlike regular yoga mats, Jade yoga mats are porous and absorb moisture and sweat. And they require frequent cleaning. It is indispensable to keep the mat spick and span in order to maintain hygiene while practicing yoga.
But how to clean a Jade yoga mat? Can’t I just wash it like a regular mat? Well, no! These mats require a gentle wash, and being too rough can even lead to damaging the surface.
I’ve been using a comfortable Jade yoga mat for years, and it is still in good shape. The reason why my mat still looks good is my special “cleaning regimen.” In this article, I’ve covered the entire process to clean a Jade yoga mat properly.
What are Jade Yoga Mats? Is There Anything Special About Them?
Made using natural rubber and other natural materials, Jade yoga mats are eco-friendly and do not contain PVC. Furthermore, the adhesive used to manufacture such mats is also natural, which makes them decomposable.
Because the mat is entirely rubber and not plastic, it has a porous surface that absorbs moisture. In short, Jade yoga mats are healthy for the human body and do not have any ill effects, like plastic mats.
There are no phthalates, heavy metals, and other such hazardous things which make Jade mats special and different from regular mats.
What’s the Need for Cleaning the Jade Yoga Mat?
Most of you might be wondering why I should clean my mat often when it already looks clean. Well, there is a multitude of reasons to clean the mat after every few days. Below-listed is some critical factors that make cleaning important.
If you do not clean the yoga mat for a long time, you’ll notice a weird smell. The reason behind the stink is sweat. The porous surface of the mat absorbs the sweat, and when you do not clean it, it results in a smell.
If you have been using a Jade yoga mat for quite some time, you’ll agree that moisture frequently appears over time. And when you do not clean the mat regularly, the moisture can hinder its lifespan, and you have to purchase a new mat.
Cleaning the mat helps in removing all contaminants present in the moisture. Apart from hampering the lifespan of the mat, the moisture also creates difficulties in doing yoga, as your hands may slip off many times.
Dust and Dirt
There are multiple health benefits of using a Jade yoga mat, but the biggest downside to using it is that it’s a dust magnet. You cannot clean the dust with a soft cloth, as it gets stuck inside the tiny holes on the mat’s surface.
The same is the case with dirt. And when the dust and dirt mix with moisture, they result in huge brown stains that make the mat look bad and unfit for use.
How Frequently Should I Clean the Jade Yoga Mat?
I know you are curious to learn the cleaning process, but before I start talking about how to clean a Jade yoga mat, it is important to know how frequently you should clean it.
Cleaning the mat regularly isn’t a good practice, so you should only clean it when required. As per several yogis, you should clean the yoga mat once every three days, provided you practice yoga regularly.
If you do yoga occasionally, you can clean the mat once every week because it stays in the storeroom for most of the time.
Furthermore, if you have recently traveled with the mat, you should clean it right away before using it inside the house. The frequency of cleaning depends on how and where you have used the mat.
It would be great to have a look at the product label to know more about the cleaning frequency suggested by the manufacturer.
3 Easiest and Simplest Ways to Clean a Jade Yoga Mat
Cleaning a Jade yoga mat is a quick task, and you can clean it with the ingredients found around the house. All the methods that I’ve listed here are eco-friendly and do not affect the life of the mat.
In fact, these ways make the mat last longer while deodorizing it.
Method 1: Light Cleaning
Just like every other yoga accessory, Jade yoga mats also need regular cleaning. This cleaning method is the easiest of all and merely requires 5-10 minutes.
Things You Need:
- Soft microfiber towels
- A bucket full of cold water
- A soft sponge
Take some cold water on a microfiber towel, and clean it gently. The purpose of cleaning is to get rid of dust and dirt. Once done, pour some vinegar into a bucket of water, and dip the sponge in it.
Cleaning the mat with a sponge will help you remove stains, spots, and other contaminants. Some people prefer using rubbing alcohol instead of vinegar. If you also want to use alcohol, make sure to wear gloves to prevent skin irritations.
Clean both sides of the mat, and hang it on a cloth drying rope. Air-dry the mat, and then you can store it back to its place.
Method 2: Regular Maintenance Mat
If you haven’t cleaned the mat for quite some time, and you see stains all over it, your mat is calling for regular maintenance. This type of cleaning helps remove dust, dirt, moisture, stains, and other contaminants.
Things You Need:
- Olive oil
- Conditioning spray
- Cotton balls
- Microfiber towel
- Dish detergent
Start with sprinkling flour all over the mat. The purpose of flour is to absorb the moisture and make the mat free from smells. Now spritz some water over the flour, and massage it gently.
Focus on every inch of the yoga mat, especially the corners, because they are more prone to getting dirty. Next, add a few drops of olive oil, and continue massaging the mat with the flour.
Rinse the mat with water, and remove the flour. You can even use a soft sponge to clean it quickly and effectively. Now take a spray bottle with water and add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to it.
Spray it on the entire mat, and let the mix sit for some time. The purpose of vinegar is to exterminate the smell while making the mat look fresh.
Wipe off the vinegar using a microfiber towel, and spray some conditioner over the mat. Rub the conditioner with your fingers, and you are good to go.
The mat will absorb the conditioner, and you’ll feel the required softness in it.
Method 3: Deep Cleaning
Deep cleaning is something you need to do once every month. If you are a hardcore yogi and drench your mat in sweat every day, then you should deep clean it once every 20 days.
Turn on the faucet of your bathtub, and fill it with lukewarm water. Add a few drops of organic or liquid soap, and enjoy seeing the bubbles. Now put your Jade yoga mat inside the bathtub, and let it soak for around 15-30 minutes.
You’ll see the dust, dirt, and oil floating on the top of the water. Take the mat out of that dirty pool and wipe it using a soft cloth to remove the remaining dust and dirt.
Rinse the mat with water, and let it dry for some time before you use it for another yoga session.
Factors to Consider When Cleaning a Jade Yoga Mat
There is no alternative to Jade yoga mats because they are soft, comfortable, and, most importantly, ideal for your health. However, cleaning them requires more care, so there are some things you need to keep in mind.
As the material is natural rubber and not PVC, so you should not use too much force when wiping the mat. Always use a soft sponge or microfiber cloth to clean the mat.
Clean it in a circular motion, and you’d be able to keep it squeaky clean.
Do Not Soak It Daily
Soaking is a part of deep cleaning, so you should not do it regularly. As the material is porous, the yoga mat absorbs water and may take a lot of time to dry.
It would be great to do a deep cleaning on weekends or days when you have no plans to do yoga. Or you have another mat to practice yoga on.
Do Not Brush It
The easiest way to get rid of stains is by brushing, but you cannot use a brush to clean a Jade yoga mat. I don’t even recommend a soft-bristle brush as it may damage the surface.
Use a sponge or microfiber cloth when cleaning it. Furthermore, use cotton balls to apply vinegar whole, protecting the mat from any damages.
Always Follow the Manufacturer’s Recommendations
Every mat comes with an instruction label. Read it carefully to know more about the washing instructions. If the manufacturer does not recommend using rubbing alcohol on the mat, you should avoid doing it.
Similarly, you can use the recommended ingredients to prolong the lifespan of the mat.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Jade yoga mats shrink after cleaning?
Not at all! Cleaning a Jade yoga mat does not lead to shrinking. However, the mat may get damaged if you do not clean it properly.
Follow the cleaning mentioned in this article, and you’ll have a good time with the mat.
The mat still smells after cleaning, what do I do?
If the mat still smells, you need to use vinegar solution on it. Take a spray bottle with some water and a few tablespoons of white vinegar. Spritz it over the mat, and let it absorb the solution.
Wipe the mat using a soft microfiber towel, and it’s free from smells. Some yogis also prefer an organic cleaning solution to deodorize the mat.
Who manufactures Jade yoga mats?
Jade Yoga is the brand behind these mats. Manufactured in the United States, Jade yoga mats meet the standards set by certain organizations. These mats have been in the market for more than 100 years.
How to clean spots off the mat?
Spray some ASUTRA Natural & Organic Yoga Mat Cleaner over the mat, and clean the spots using a soft microfiber cloth. The cleaner is entirely natural and is helpful in removing the spots and stains.
Another benefit that you get is deodorizing. The mat feels fresh, and there won’t be any type of smell.
Cleaning a Jade yoga mat not just prolongs its lifespan but rewards you with hygiene. The thing you need to do every day is placing the mat out in the sun. Sun rays exterminate harmful bacteria while removing smells from the mat.
Make sure to follow the cleaning regimen properly, and be gentle to the mat when cleaning it. Lastly, don’t forget to do the deep cleaning every month to make the mat spick and span till it lasts.