HOW DIRTY ARE MATS?

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How Dirty are Yoga or Exercise Mats?

When it comes to your mat, it’s what you can’t see that can hurt you.

There are many kinds of bacteria that live on the skin and generally do not affect a person, but when these microorganisms have time to propagate and colonize on a mat problems can start. This is also true for viruses, athlete’s foot fungus, and mildew.

The media has long been reporting on yoga mats serving as petri dishes. Major dailies like the New York Times to Elle and Healthy Living magazines, have all sounded the alarm to raise awareness around the importance of a clean mat.

Take a read. What you’ll discover is a yoga or exercise mat is a perfect incubator for many skin infections and other infections including HPV, strep, ringworm, athlete’s foot and meningitis.

Typical communal yoga and exercise mats are risky enough, but doing hot or Bikram yoga further increases the risk of transmission because nasty organisms thrive in warm environments.

While bringing your own mat reduces risk, it does not stop your mat from becoming its own petri dish. It’s important that you clean your own mat regularly as mats naturally attract oils, dirt and the germs that create what is biofilm.

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NEW YORK TIMES
“Communal Yoga Mats: Beware of Germs”

PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE
“What’s Living on Your Yoga Mat?”

AZ CENTRAL
“Yoga Mats and Infections”

ELLE MAGAZINE
“Could Your Dirty Yoga Mat Be Making You Sick?”

SPORTS TURF NORTHWEST
“Is Hot Yoga a Recipe For Possible Staph and MRSA Infections?”

HUFF POST
“Dirty Yoga Mats Could Make You Rethink Your Hygiene”

The Science Behind How Fresh Mat Combats Germs

Oxford Academic explains in great depth how biofilm is created and how it sustains the transmission of microorganisms.

Turns out biofilm is the culprit allowing exercise mats to team with bacteria, viruses and fungi.

The Fresh Mat cleaning method eliminates biofilm… the breeding ground of germs.

Our proprietary Fresh Mat Vapor Steam™ process removes the biofilm that organically develops after each use of a mat.

Safer for the environment, the Fresh Mat process uses high-temperature, high-pressure vapor steam – with no chemicals – to ensure the removal of biofilm.

The technical side of the Fresh Mat cleaning process is explained in more detail in Our Process.

OXFORD ACADEMIC
“Biofilm Formation: A Clinically Relevant Microbiological Process”