Here's how you do it
Direct recommendations from Manduka. Whenever possible, do not share a yoga mat or equipment with anyone. Bring your personal equipment to the studio - the mat, towels, strap and blocks.
If you use your own mat at home, you should continue with your usual cleaning routine, only when using public studios we recommend that you do a deeper cleaning with an eco-friendly botanical disinfectant.
If you borrow study mats, we recommend using a thin travel mat or/and a yoga towel for an extra protective layer.
We recommend that anyone with Covid-19 tell their studio if they have attended classes in the previous 14 days, so that the studio can take appropriate precautions to disinfect the room and inform those around them.
Know your mat
Understanding the different materials used in our Manduka mats is important as there are different methods needed to deep clean them.
PRO Series - PRO, PROlite, PRO Travel - These mats are made with a closed cell material, which means that nothing can be absorbed into the mat and the mat can be thoroughly cleaned on the surface every time.
eKO series - eKO, eKO Lite, eKO SL - These mats are made of natural rubber, also a closed cell material. These mats can also be easily cleaned and disinfected, but must be dried properly.
GRP Series - GRP, GRP Lite and Adapt - These mats are made from an open cell PU and rubber construction. Their goal is to absorb moisture and provide maximum grip when wet, so cleaning these mats thoroughly requires the most attention and care because this material is highly absorbent.
To-go series - Manduka X and Begin - These mats are made using a TPE closed cell material, which means that nothing can be absorbed into the mat and the mat can be thoroughly cleaned on the surface every time.
For a quick disinfection
It is recommended to use botanical antibacterial disinfectants - better for your mat, the planet and your health. Look for certified eco-friendly products - most organic stores have a selection of botanical cleaning sprays to choose from.
With all the cleaning options, the length of the mat and proper cleaning are key. The cleaning agent must remain on the mat for approx. 5 minutes to do its job and you must clean thoroughly afterwards to remove as much of the product as possible, as skin irritation and/or breathing difficulties may occur. Be sure to carefully follow all instructions on the cleaning agent's packaging.
Note: This process works for Pro Mats, eKO Mats, Manduka X, Begin & Welcome Mats. Mats designed to absorb moisture (GRP series) should never be treated with disinfectant as the liquid is absorbed into the mat and then cannot be thoroughly cleaned afterwards.
For deep cleaning
Pro Mats, eKO mats, Manduka X, Begin Mats (only applies to mentioned mats):
Lay your mat out on a flat surface.
Mix approx. 4 cups of warm/lukewarm water (too hot water can damage the mat) with a few drops of a mild cleaning agent, e.g. sulfo or mild soap (don't lather too much!)
Dip a cloth in soapy water, then wash the mat thoroughly from top to bottom.
Be sure to wipe the mat with plenty of clean warm water to remove soap residue. Use possibly a clean cloth for this.
Wipe the mat with a clean, dry towel.
Repeat on the underside.
Allow to air dry until the mat is completely dry. Do not roll up the mat while it is still wet.
Submerge the mat in a bathtub filled with a shallow layer of lukewarm water (NOT BOILING!) Add approx. 1 tbsp. mild detergent (again, not over soapy!)
Let the mat soak for 5 minutes, then scrub lightly with a soft cloth.
Repeat on the underside.
Be sure to rinse the mat thoroughly with clean warm water to remove all soap residue. This is very important as these mats are super absorbent and can hold onto the soap.
Wipe the mat clean on both sides with a dry towel.
Allow to air dry for 24-48 hours (or until completely dry) before rolling the mat back up. Do not roll up the mat or store the mat while it is still wet.
What about equipment?
Straps - can be washed in a washing machine, but the easiest way to disinfect your other equipment (especially blocks) is to use the process listed above in the "quick disinfection" section.
How often should I clean my MANDUKA mat?
Every time you use your mat, your body releases skin and sweat onto the surface. Over time, these materials invite bacteria to grow (which is what causes odors). We recommend using Mandukas Mat Freshener after every practice to help reduce stains and odor build-up. At least once a week, follow the instructions to clean your mat, do it more often and wash regularly.