How to Care for Your VIYM® Yoga Mat: Cleaning and Maintenance

Feb 27, 2024 | Products

Proper care and maintenance of your VIYM® yoga mat will not only extend its lifespan but also ensure it remains a hygienic and reliable foundation for your practice. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to keep your VIYM® mat in optimal condition, so it continues to support your yoga journey for years to come.

Regular Cleaning

  • After Each Use: To maintain the cleanliness of your mat, wipe it down with a soft, damp cloth after each practice. This will help remove sweat, oils, and any immediate dirt. For a deeper clean without risking damage to the mat’s surface or alignment markers, use a gentle, natural cleaner. You can create a DIY cleaning solution by mixing water with a small amount of mild soap or vinegar. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive sponges, as these can deteriorate the mat’s material and affect its texture and grip.
  • Drying: After cleaning, lay your mat flat or hang it to air dry, away from direct sunlight. Sun exposure can fade the visual markers and degrade the material over time. Ensure the mat is completely dry before rolling it up to prevent mildew or unpleasant odors.

Deep Cleaning

  • Frequency: Depending on your usage frequency and the intensity of your practices, a more thorough cleaning should be done monthly. This deep clean can help remove build-up and extend the mat’s life.
  • Method: For a deep clean, you can submerge the mat in a bathtub filled with warm water and a small amount of mild detergent. Gently scrub with a soft cloth, paying extra attention to areas that may have accumulated more dirt. Rinse thoroughly to ensure no soap residue remains, as this can make the surface slippery.

Storing Your Mat

  • Proper Rolling: Roll your mat with the visual markers facing outwards. This method helps maintain the mat’s flatness and prevents the edges from curling up during practice.
  • Storage Location: Store your mat in a cool, dry place. Avoid keeping it in extreme temperatures or humid environments, as these conditions can affect the material’s integrity and grip.

Additional Tips

  • Avoid Sharp Objects: Keep your mat away from sharp or pointed objects to prevent punctures or tears.
  • Mindful Practice: While the VIYM® mat is designed for durability, mindful practice, including being gentle with your mat during transitions and avoiding dragging your feet or props across its surface, can further prolong its lifespan.

By following these care and maintenance tips, your VIYM® yoga mat will remain a clean, safe, and supportive space for your yoga practice. Proper upkeep not only enhances your experience but also reflects your respect and dedication to your yoga journey.