How to look after your Liforme Mat
We hope your Liforme mat is serving you well!
We want you to be able to use and get the most out of your Liforme mat for as long as possible. So here is how to take care of it!
1. Clean it right
Use a tiny drop of dish soap diluted very heavily with plenty of water. Wipe your mat gently with a non-abrasive sponge that is damp but not soaking wet. As an alternative to dish soap, you can try a more natural solution of lemon juice very heavily diluted in lots of water. We recommend you clean your mat only about every 5-10 uses. If you regularly practice in sweaty conditions, you may wish to clean your mat more frequently, but remember that whilst our planet-friendly Liforme mat materials are remarkably durable for Yoga practice, over-cleaning or using abrasive products will wear out the materials faster. We do not recommend using any chemical mat cleaner sprays or essential oil sprays, as they can potentially damage the mat.
2. Let it dry
After any practice, especially a sweaty one, and after cleaning allow your mat to dry fully before you roll it up. Heading straight home from your class? No problem, just roll it up, take it home, and unroll to dry as soon as you get a chance.
3. Avoid keeping your mat out in the sun for long periods
Your mat is, very importantly, biodegradable and so prolonged exposure to the sun can degrade it more quickly. But don’t worry, our mats are not vampires and they’re OK with the odd bit of sun, so no need to be too worried about this.
4. Store it away
Your mat is designed to be rolled with the top side (the coloured side with the alignment design) on the outside between uses. It’s important to roll it this way to help ensure that your mat lies nice and flat each time you use if for your practice.
5. Use your mat
Because of the absorbent (and hygienic) materials we use, your skin’s natural oils may mark or stain the surface of the mat over time. Try to avoid practising on the mat with freshly applied oily creams or massage oil, for example, as these may cause stains. The good news is that these sorts of marks will often fade gradually with time or after cleaning. But overall, we say be proud of your mat’s battle scars from all those good Warrior poses!
Sometimes, after a lot of use or use in certain conditions, your mats materials may get a bit ‘clogged up’, in which case there are some deeper cleaning methods we may be able to recommend, depending on the circumstances.
Still have questions? Get in touch with us here and we would be more than happy to help!
Now go and practice some serious asanas!