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Tips on maintaining gym mats
We're getting to the time of year when we'll be flocking to the local gym to work off the excesses of the holidays with a view to starting the New Year with a health and fitness campaign.
Many indoor sporting activities, including wrestling and gymnastics, require the use of gym mats to promote safety and prevent injuries. However, compared to other types of matting, gym mats have very specific placement, cleaning, care, and storage requirements. Following these guidelines closely will help keep matting in tip-top condition, providing years of quality service.
Crown Mats and Matting-a leading manufacturer of all types of mats, including gym and athletic mats-offers the following suggestions on how to clean gym mats:
Clean mats by first sweeping them to remove grit and dirt. Next, clean them with a neutral pH cleaner and then a disinfectant before each use-or, better yet, before and after. This keeps mats as clean and healthy as possible.
Experts recommend using disinfectants specifically designed for gym mats. These will disinfectant effectively without leaving a chemical residue on the mat. Never apply previously used disinfectant. Always use a fresh solution.
While it is not necessary to clean under mats after each use, moisture and mildew can build up in these areas over time. This can eventually damage the mat, as well as the floor below. Clean and damp mop the floor underneath mats at least every few weeks, if not more often.
13th December 2012