How to clean a Jade Yoga Mat?
Jade yoga mats are all open-cell, which means their materials are porous and absorb water like a sponge. There are benefits to an open cell design: they are a lot “stickier” and enhance traction and stability because moisture doesn’t pool on the surface. The one major drawback is that these types of mat are breeding grounds for bacteria and collect odorous moisture. This problem can be solved with regular maintenance. Every time you use your Jade mat, wipe the mat down with a designated yoga mat cleaner (a pre-moistened wipe or a spray with a towel). Or, wipe the surface down well with a rag dipped in a warm water mixed with a diluted mild soap -- such as castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s) or organic soap or detergent.
A deep cleansing will need to be done occasionally; the frequency of which will depend on how often you practice. This will be every few months at least, when you start to notice a little bit of a funky smell coming from your mat or if your mat seems to be losing some of it’s grippiness. A deep cleaning will eliminate odors and restore the original stickiness. Again, open cell mats are essentially giant, dense sponges, so prepare for a long drying time period (a couple days) before you begin. There are three ways we would recommend deep cleaning your mat: