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How to Maintain Gym Mats

Gym mats can become very dirty and unhygienic. They can soak up sweat, dirt, and moisture from the gym air and become a haven for germs and mould. While most gym mats are designed to resist these problems to a certain extent, it’s still imperative that you clean them as often as possible to maintain their looks and ensure they remain hygienic. At Ezy Mats, we recommend that you consider the points listed below if you want to ensure your gym mats are clean and hygienic at all times.

Does Your Gym Mat Need Specialised Cleaning?

Some gym owners mistakenly use regular cleaners and cleaning techniques on gym mats and assume that they’re enough to maintain them well. Unfortunately, poor cleaning solutions and techniques can cause the mats to deteriorate faster and compromise the air quality inside the gym. The right cleaning techniques will ensure you don’t have to replace the mats as often and they’re safe to use in the gym environment.

How to Clean Gym Mats?

  • Sweep First – The first step is to sweep the surface thoroughly to remove any lose dirt or dust from it. You can use a broom or a duster as using a liquid directly would push the dirt and debris directly into the material and cause more problems.
  • Neutral pH Cleanser – After the surface is free of loose dust, use a neutral pH cleanser on a microfiber cloth to wipe the mats. The neutral pH will ensure that the mat won’t deteriorate quickly after its been exposed to harsh chemical cleaners and solutions. Neutral pH cleaners are mild but effective and will remove all the stains and dirt from your gym mats.
  • Disinfectant – Just removing the dirt and stains isn’t enough. You need to remove all the gathered germs and mould as well and the only way to do that is to use a strong disinfectant. You can purchase disinfectants that are specifically designed for gym mats so they’re not damaged during the cleaning process. Be careful not to use the same disinfectant solution twice because that would just add more germs to the surface.
  • Clean Underneath – Most gym owners clean the mat surface but forget to clean underneath the mat and that can cause problems down the line. It’s not important to clean the underneath the mat every time you clean the surface, but it’s a good idea to do it once every few months. This will ensure there’s no moisture or mould trapped underneath the material. If you forget to clean the space underneath the mat, you’ll create a good environment for germs and mould and that would compromise the air quality in the gym.

If you don’t intend to use the gym mats for a long time, you should remove them and pack them away. This would extend their lifespan. You don’t need to look elsewhere for excellent quality gym mats. We at Ezy Mats have a large collection of them and you can get in touch with us at (02) 97187424 or contact us through this form if you want to know more.