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We get asked all the time - ‘How do I keep my playmat looking fresh and clean?’ - Here we have all playmat cleaning tips.
When it comes to our kids we all want to do what's best for them. Luckily our playmats have been extensively tested to ensure they pass the International Toy Safety Standards and are a wonderful addition to your home that you feel confident with.
To keep your playmat in its best shape aesthetically and physically, there are some important factors to keep in mind. So make sure you keep reading and equip yourself with the knowledge of how to clean your playmat and keep it looking fresh.
When it comes to spot cleaning your playmat, it’s important to use products that are safe and effective without causing any damage.
Use want to use a product that isn’t going to discolour the mat, or wear the fabric. But you also must keep in mind that your baby will be touching this cleaning product, as it is going on the surface of the mat.
Some products for this include;
It is important to note that harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners should be avoided when spot cleaning your playmat, as these can damage the material and potentially harm those who comes into contact with the mat.
To clean your playmat
Step One: simply shake it off outside to remove any loose debris,
Step Two: wipe it down with a damp cloth or gentle baby wipe. Water wipes are particularly recommended for this purpose, as they are free from harsh chemicals and safe for use on sensitive skin.
Step Three: pat dry with a clean cloth.
Note: If you are unsure about the safety of a particular cleaning product for use on your playmat, a good rule of thumb is to check whether it’s deemed safe for use on the skin.
This can be a good indicator of whether the product is gentle enough for use on your playmat without causing any damage to the material.
By using gentle and safe cleaning methods such as those mentioned above to regularly clean your mat, you can keep it germ-free and looking good as new.
For an effective and safe cleaner for your baby's playmat, a vinegar and water solution can be a great option.
Pro Tip - want it to smell extra nice, add in some sliced orange and rosemary sprigs from the garden.
This solution is safe and gentle for use on baby mats and won't cause an allergic reaction like harsh chemicals can. The acidity of the vinegar helps to break down dirt and stains for effective cleaning.
It’s important to take great care with substances that will easily stain your playmat such as food or drink with high pigmentation.
There is a high likelihood that the following will stain immediately:
Swift action is important as allowing stains to set can make them even more difficult or even impossible to remove.
If you accidentally spill a substance that is known for its staining properties on your playmat, it’s important to minimise the damage.
For thin, non-sticky substances like pen, beetroot and drinks, it’s best to immediately wipe off any excess and dry the area thoroughly, making sure to remove excess water.
For more stubborn stains caused by substances like permanent marker, grease, nail polish or rust, it’s necessary to spot clean with the suitable cleaning supplies.
It’s important to AVOID AT ALL COSTS hosing down the playmat. Instead use a wet wipe to gently clean the affected area.
After cleaning, it’s crucial to ensure that the playmat is thoroughly dried to prevent the growth of mould.
By following these steps, you can help to minimise the damage caused by spills and stains and keep your playmat looking its best.
To maintain the longevity and appearance of your playmat, it’s important to take certain precautions.
Baby playmats are water-resistant rather than waterproof, which means that they can handle some degree of moisture exposure. However, it is not advisable to completely submerge or machine-wash them, as they are not completely waterproof and too much moisture can lead to the growth of mould. This is not only unsightly but can also be a major health risk.
Overall, while playmats are not machine washable, they can be effectively cleaned and maintained with the right approach to spot cleaning and care.
In order to take proper care of your playmat, it’s essential to avoid using certain products. Here is a list of products that will cause damage to your mat if used in any way.
The health and safety of your children are of utmost importance.
By following these simple cleaning steps and taking quick action when accidents happen, you can maintain the cleanliness and longevity of your playmat - and in turn a clean and healthy place for your children to play.
Have you got any playmat cleaning tips for us? Feel free to send us your helpful tried and tested tips.