Mats, though a very inconspicuous item to our household and community, are very important when it comes to ensuring our safety and health. We use mats for different purposes – we use mats in our home entrances to lessen the dirt from entering the house, we have foam mats for our playing babies and children, we also use mats to ensure that we do not slip from the wet bathroom tiles. The uses of mats are endless.

There are different types of mats to suit our different needs. We have fabric foam mats which we usually use for babies and toddlers because of their non-toxic material. Rubber mats are also used as play mats because these are easy to clean and provide ample cushioning for children. Some mats are made with PVC and these are very easy to dry. This is ideal for bathrooms and other wet areas of the house. Woven mats are thinner so these are usually used for just simple cushioning or support from the floor.

The foam mat type is also one of the most popular kinds of mats. This is because foam mats are also easy to clean, provide ample cushioning and support and are not slippery.  Most households, especially the ones with children, use this type of mat. Some cover this with fabric to make this even more dirt-free.

I’m sure that one of your questions now when it comes to having foam mats at home is how to maintain the mat’s cleanliness. How does one clean a big foam mat? This article will tackle the different ways in how to make your mats always clean and sterilized.

One way on how you can clean this is to mix a solution of water and soap. Scrub the mat using this solution and hose down the soapy solution after. Treat this as an exercise so you won’t feel burdened to clean a big mat! For the dirtier parts, you can scrub vinegar on them. Pat the foam mat dry and leave the slightly wet matting to dry further under the sun.

Never use bleach to clean your mats. The harmful chemicals may be left behind and may do more harm than good to your young ones. The fumes can leave a burning feeling on your nose and throat.

If possible, use your vacuum everyday to clean your mat. Trust me; this will lessen your scrubbing time during general cleaning. When you see any serious dirt on the mat, you can quickly use Lysol wipes to take this out.

Remember, when you feel that your mat looks old and worn down, do not be too stingy to still keep this. This may do you more harm than good. Dirt and bacteria can easily live and breed in the mat.

Using foam mats is our way to safeguard ourselves and our children from dirt, grime and bacteria. But we cannot rely on them alone. It is our responsibility to constantly make sure that these are clean and hygienic to use.

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