How Do I Clean Gym Mats at Home?

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With an uptick in home workouts beginning at the start of the pandemic, many people are now left to wonder what new cleaning regimens need to be added in their day to their home workout equipment. Specifically, one may ask themselves how do I clean gym mats at home? Whether you are using your gym mats exclusively at home or bringing them back and forth to the gym, the buildup of dirt and bacteria is inevitable without the proper cleaning and maintenance. However, with the proper upkeep, you can ensure that your gym mats are clean and prolong the longevity of your equipment. 

Things You May Need to Clean Gym Mats at Home

Things You May Need to Clean Gym Mats at Home
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For someone unfamiliar with gym equipment upkeep, you may not even know where to start when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your gym mats. To start, some helpful equipment to have on hand in order to clean your gym mats at home include a mop, a rag or washcloth, a broom, a vacuum, and some sort of skin-safe cleaner or disinfectant. 

How to Clean a Standard Gym Mat

Spot Cleaning

Spot cleaning is maintenance that can be done every time you use your gym mat. Like any other surface, by cleaning obvious buildups of dirt or other particles regularly, you are less likely to experience any large buildups. Spot cleaning also helps to maintain the clean look of your mat. The material of the surface of your mat may play a part in determining how you should best go about spot cleaning your mat.

In the case of a mat with a textured or rubber surface, it may be helpful to locate visible spots of dirt or sweat buildup and wipe them with a damp rag. If you have a bit more time after your workout, it may even be helpful to wipe down the whole mat. However, if your gym mat has a smoother material surface such as vinyl you may be able to spot clean by simply using a broom to sweep off any particle buildup on the mat. You may also want to use a vacuum if you want to get a deeper clean on the mat.

Disinfecting

Although spot cleaning will handle the dust and other obvious spots, there may still be remaining bacteria that lingers on the mat that is invisible to the eye. This is why it is important to disinfect your mat.

The best practice for a traditional gym mat is to use a spray disinfectant or another liquid disinfectant that can be applied with a rag. Luckily, the surface of most mats is fairly smooth, so the rag should be able to wipe the majority of the surface of the mat. However, if you are in a pinch, combining dish soap and hot water can work as a home remedy disinfecting agent. For thorough cleaning, break out the mop and use that on the surface of the mat. Most importantly, when disinfecting, make sure to give the mat adequate time to dry before your next use. 

Sealing

Especially important for mats with speckled colors, you may want to go the extra mile and seal your gym mat, giving it a glassy appearance. Although this step is not necessary, or even recommended for all gym mat types (especially those that are solid black), it may not be a bad idea to secure the longevity and appearance of your mat. Best practice is to use a sponge and the sealant of your choice applying to the entire surface of the mat and then allowing the specified amount of time on the bottle for the sealant to dry. 

How to Clean a Mat with a Different Surface

Carpeted

Not every mat is your standard rubber or vinyl surface. Although possibly uncommon at home, you may face a gym mat with a carpeted surface as well, and the cleaning practices will differ slightly. Although spot cleaning still involves using a vacuum to clean up obvious areas of dirt, disinfecting differs as you should shampoo the carpet to get rid of any trapped sweat or bacteria. 

Conclusion

Whether working out from home or bringing your own mat to and from the gym, it is important to know how to maintain your mat in order to keep its appearance and ensure that you are not exposing yourself to dirt and harmful bacteria.

Written by Tess Howard

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With an uptick in home workouts beginning at the start of the pandemic, many people are now left to wonder what new cleaning regimens need to be added in their day to their home workout equipment. Specifically, one may ask themselves how do I clean gym mats at home? Whether you are using your gym mats exclusively at home or bringing them back and forth to the gym, the buildup of dirt and bacteria is inevitable without the proper cleaning and maintenance. However, with the proper upkeep, you can ensure that your gym mats are clean and prolong the longevity of your equipment. 

Things You May Need to Clean Gym Mats at Home

Things You May Need to Clean Gym Mats at Home
Pixabay

For someone unfamiliar with gym equipment upkeep, you may not even know where to start when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your gym mats. To start, some helpful equipment to have on hand in order to clean your gym mats at home include a mop, a rag or washcloth, a broom, a vacuum, and some sort of skin-safe cleaner or disinfectant. 

How to Clean a Standard Gym Mat

Spot Cleaning

Spot cleaning is maintenance that can be done every time you use your gym mat. Like any other surface, by cleaning obvious buildups of dirt or other particles regularly, you are less likely to experience any large buildups. Spot cleaning also helps to maintain the clean look of your mat. The material of the surface of your mat may play a part in determining how you should best go about spot cleaning your mat.

In the case of a mat with a textured or rubber surface, it may be helpful to locate visible spots of dirt or sweat buildup and wipe them with a damp rag. If you have a bit more time after your workout, it may even be helpful to wipe down the whole mat. However, if your gym mat has a smoother material surface such as vinyl you may be able to spot clean by simply using a broom to sweep off any particle buildup on the mat. You may also want to use a vacuum if you want to get a deeper clean on the mat.

Disinfecting

Although spot cleaning will handle the dust and other obvious spots, there may still be remaining bacteria that lingers on the mat that is invisible to the eye. This is why it is important to disinfect your mat.

The best practice for a traditional gym mat is to use a spray disinfectant or another liquid disinfectant that can be applied with a rag. Luckily, the surface of most mats is fairly smooth, so the rag should be able to wipe the majority of the surface of the mat. However, if you are in a pinch, combining dish soap and hot water can work as a home remedy disinfecting agent. For thorough cleaning, break out the mop and use that on the surface of the mat. Most importantly, when disinfecting, make sure to give the mat adequate time to dry before your next use. 

Sealing

Especially important for mats with speckled colors, you may want to go the extra mile and seal your gym mat, giving it a glassy appearance. Although this step is not necessary, or even recommended for all gym mat types (especially those that are solid black), it may not be a bad idea to secure the longevity and appearance of your mat. Best practice is to use a sponge and the sealant of your choice applying to the entire surface of the mat and then allowing the specified amount of time on the bottle for the sealant to dry. 

How to Clean a Mat with a Different Surface

Carpeted

Not every mat is your standard rubber or vinyl surface. Although possibly uncommon at home, you may face a gym mat with a carpeted surface as well, and the cleaning practices will differ slightly. Although spot cleaning still involves using a vacuum to clean up obvious areas of dirt, disinfecting differs as you should shampoo the carpet to get rid of any trapped sweat or bacteria. 

Conclusion

Whether working out from home or bringing your own mat to and from the gym, it is important to know how to maintain your mat in order to keep its appearance and ensure that you are not exposing yourself to dirt and harmful bacteria.

Written by Tess Howard

Read more

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