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Introduction

Yoga mats (if you haven’t seen one, even online, check them out here!), as one of the main equipment for yoga exercises which have a long and solid history, are generally produced from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). Supportively, this makes the mats very slippery during the first use and thus makes it difficult to move. And, this is where salt comes into play as a major solution.

Similarly, when it comes to heated yoga mats, the situation can get even more difficult, and it can become very difficult to eliminate the slipperiness with heat waves. Moreover, cleaning the mat can turn into a very laborious process.

So how does it work and why do you sprinkle salt on the mat?

Why Do You Sprinkle Salt on a Yoga Mat?

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Have you ever heard of big rock salts that are sprinkled on icy and snowy roads? Here is a similar situation. But the snowy and icy road mentioned here represents the surface of the heated yoga mats that must be broken. Supportively, salt has a great role in breaking this surface.

Especially, for the first use, salt sprinkling, which can also be called exfoliating treatment, can be applied on your heated yoga mat, and it can reduce the slipperiness of the equipment as well as break down the initial layer and provide convenience by guaranteeing stability in the positions and postures you take during yoga.

Considering all these, it can be said that salt sprinkling is used as a very important solution in the context of providing the so-called break-in step on yoga mats not to slow down the process by causing discomfort during yoga exercises that require a lot of balance and focus.

Regarding this, it is possible to apply this process at home with natural methods, as there are many salty scrub products on the market. So, it’s possible to get rid of the slippery problem quickly and effectively, especially if you have just bought your mat.

On the other hand, due to the heating pads in the heated yoga mats, the heat wave spreading from the floor towards the person is prevented from making the mat even softer and slippery thanks to the salting process.

How Do I Make My Mat Less Slippery?

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When the yoga mat is in question, especially the heated yoga mats, it is seen that positions and postures become very difficult at the point of slipperiness. Since this situation causes the exercises to slow down and be blocked at some point, some solutions that can be applied at home can be offered.

For example, you can apply the salting process just mentioned. The materials needed for this are quite simple. You can start by taking your mat, a plastic tarpaulin, sea salt, 2 small pieces of cloth or towel, and a small amount of water with you.

For this process, you must first lay the plastic tarpaulin on the ground and set the area where you will do the salting process. You should lay your yoga mat on this tarpaulin. Then, you should gently sprinkle the sea salt on each point of your mat and rub the salt with a towel or cloth so that the break-in process of your mat will take place and the initial layer will be eroded and its slipperiness will be removed. 

As a suggestion, applying this process once more after keeping your mat with salt for at least 24 hours will provide you with more effective results.

After the procedure, make the towel moistened with warm water by squeezing the water so that it does not remain wet in any way. In this way, you can be sure that your heated yoga mat will not be damaged. Then gently rub the salt on the mat with a damp towel and clean the remaining residues with the help of a dry towel and put your mat on hold.

As another suggestion, you can use the sun-soaking technique to minimize damage to the heated yoga mat. In addition, using your mat frequently will also be an effective way as it will erode the slipperiness of the mat surface.

How Do You Clean A Yoga Mat without Washing It?

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So, how can you clean your mat, especially your heated yoga mat without washing it?

First of all, you should not forget that your mat should be cleaned routinely and deeply. In this way, it will be more guaranteed to ensure the cleaning and hygiene of the dirt left by sweat and breathing during exercise. 

For this, you can use yoga mat cleaning sprays for routine yoga mat cleaning. 

In order not to damage your heated yoga mat, it will be healthier to apply the spray on a clean microfiber cloth or towel, not directly on the mat. After rubbing your mat gently with a cleaning spray with circular movements, gently patting it with a dry cloth to keep it moist will not shorten the life of your yoga mat by giving more effective results.

Besides, one of the most important points to consider in this regard is whether the spray you choose is suitable for the production materials of your mat.

For deep cleaning, on the other hand, adding one measure of white vinegar and three measures of water in a bowl, adding one measure of baking soda, and rubbing gently with the towel mentioned above with circular movements ensures the removal of bacteria and odors accumulated in it after long use without damaging your heated yoga mat. 

After rubbing, you can rinse it with another clean and damp cloth and leave it to dry. But remember, you should never fold your mat before it’s completely dry. Otherwise, it may cause brittleness and aging in both heated yoga mats and normal mats.

Conclusion

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Eventually, in the case of heated yoga mats, they require extra sensitivity and caution in terms of both slipperiness and cleaning. Accordingly, to prevent slipperiness, especially on heated yoga mats, you can apply salt, preferably before the first use, and the life of the mat will not be shortened. 

On the other hand, when it comes to cleaning heated yoga mats, it is possible to use routine yoga mat cleaning sprays, as well as to provide hygiene at home with natural means for deep cleaning.

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