Cork yoga mats have natural antimicrobial and antibacterial qualities. Consequently, any bacteria that ends up on a cork mat won’t be able to live there. This property makes it very easy keep them clean and in long-lasting shape.
The typical mat cleaning process isn’t necessary. Even though eco-friendly cork yoga mat materials are remarkably durable for a yoga practice, over-cleaning or using abrasive products will wear out the materials faster.
For quick cleaning, use cold water on a soft cloth or non-abrasive sponge to wipe down the entire mat. You can also use a gentle soap if you’ve been using your mat in a public setting. Be sure to rinse it and let it air dry before rolling it up again with the top side (the cork side) on the outside. It is meant to be rolled this way, as this will ensure your mat rolls out nice and flat each time you use it.
Keep in mind to avoid any mat cleaners with a lot of chemicals, as they can damage the cork side of your mat.
When necessary, however, it is possible to give your mat a deep cleaning. A gentle cleaning spray will be enough to remove stains or to sanitise your mat after a particularly sweaty yoga session.
Once your cleaning spray is ready, spray the mat and wipe it clean with a slightly damp, soft cloth. Hang the mat to air dry completely.
How often you clean your mat will depend on how often you use it. Averagely, I recommend cleaning your mat once a week. If you are a daily user or you sweat more than average, the mat should probably be cleaned after each use to prevent a build up of sweat or dirt.