Yoga exercise may or may not be a part of your daily routine! No matter whichever is the case, yoga mats must be kept clean and tidy otherwise, this pleasure activity would turn into a complete mess.
Though every yoga mat brand claims that their product would last for at least a year or two, which is the case only when you take proper care of it!
Laying on an uncleansed mat, having sweat moisture and dirt on it’ is not going to make your mat last for long. The easiest solution to this issue is to get your hands on a yoga mat that is waterproof and machine washable.
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But are yoga mats waterproof and machine washable?
Well, the answer to THE FIRST PART of this question; are yoga mats waterproof? It would not be a simple one. Getting a waterproof yoga mat can be a pain because such mats are not commonly available.
On the other hand, you would also have to spend some extra bucks, but that’s obvious!
Waterproof yoga mats have surely different kind of built and bottom texture. They may be an extra layer to block pathways and resist the passage of water into the mat. ALL DEPENDS UPON THE MAT’S CONSTRUCTION!
Next up, THE SECOND PART of this question; are yoga mats machine washable?
The answer to which is different for every mat available.
Not all yoga mats are machine washable.
However, a majority of them can be cleaned using a washing machine. You can get accurate information about this question, through the user’s guide you get along when you purchase a yoga mat.
Though many people do not bother opening it, well, it is very important to go through the manual before using your yoga mat. It would clearly be mentioned if you can machine wash this particular yoga mat or not.
Most of the PVC yoga mats cannot be machine washed. Rubber yoga mats are commonly dropped into a washing machine and cleansed this way, but the drying part is sometimes complicated. No worries; I will drop a step by step guide regarding how to machine wash your yoga mat. Stay tuned!
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How to Know If A Yoga Mat Is Waterproof
It is very easy to know if a yoga mat is waterproof or not, before purchasing it. Obviously, you can ask the seller about the product. However, the query is real when you have already made a purchase but can not know whether the mat is waterproof or not! For such a case, here are few tips for you.
Option 1: Read out the user’s guide. There must be mentioned if the mat you purchased is water-resistant or not. This is the most obvious way to know if your mat is waterproof.
Option 2: Consult the manufacturer. If your mat is not a local one and belongs to some well-known brand, the manufacturer would definitely respond to your quest. This may or may not take some days, but you would get an accurate answer to your question.
Option 3: Self-check! This is a very simple test to know if your mat is waterproof or not. After a week of yoga exercise, check out whether your mat is storing sweat moisture in it or not. This would be clearly visible if you are trying out Bikram or Hot Yoga exercise.
I HOPE NOW YOU CAN EASILY KNOW WHETHER YOUR YOGA MAT IS WATERPROOF OR NOT, RIGHT?!
Here is a detailed guide on How to Clean Yoga Mats at Home
How To Machine Wash a Yoga Mat
STEP 1: Before planning to drop your yoga mat into the machine, open up the mat’s package, and find the user guide. Check whether the mat you have purchased is machine washable or not.
If yes, proceed towards the following steps. If not, STOP HERE! You are not permitted by the mat’s manufacturers to machine wash their product.
STEP 2: Unroll the mat carefully. Make sure to remove all kinds of stretches so that all of the mats get properly cleansed.
STEP 3: Place the mat evenly inside the washing machine. Make the front of the mat exposed because that’s’ where a majority of the dirt is. Add up a gentle yoga mat washing detergent. If you do not have any, make up a well-hydrated mixture of yoga mat cleansing powder and add it in the drum of the washing machine.
STEP 4: Make sure you have added warm water inside the drum; cold water would not thoroughly clean the mat and may also not remove the pungent odor.
STEP 5: After a few cycles, stop the machine and shift the mat. Please place it in different positions every time to make sure every part of the mat is cleaned properly.
STEP 6: Your mat is now machine washed! Now instead of using the automatic dryer machine, try to air dry your mat. If the weather is harsh and you are not able to air dry it, then the only option left is to either wait for the weather to get better or to machine dry the mat.
Be very careful during machine drying. It is better to keep the temperature below 30 Celsius that is approximately room temperature. These degrees would dry up your mat in a long time but would not spoil the quality and texture of the mat at all!
STEP 7: After drying, lay your mat flat in a room for one complete day i.e., 24 hours to promote the circulation of air and prevent the pore blockage.
YOU ARE ALL SET TO USE YOUR YOGA MAT AGAIN!
So, you finally now know if yoga mats are waterproof and machine washable or not! Well, before closing today’s blog, I would like to drop some quick tips and tricks that you should avoid in order to make your mat last longer than you can ever expect! DO NOT place your mat in direct sunlight, the bottom would get spoil, and you would lose all the cushioning your yoga mat ever provided you with. AVOID using skin creams before performing yoga exercise; this can transfer bad sweat odor to your mat, which can be