Tips to Make Your Martial Arts Mats Last Longer

Your Zebra martial arts mats can take a beating, but they were designed to be used only as mats for grappling, MMA, yoga, and traditional martial arts practices. These mats are tough, but they are not indestructible. Certain things can damage them, so if you want to get the most out of your martial arts mats investment, follow these tips to make them last as long as possible. 

Buy the Right Mats

Getting the most out of your martial arts mats starts before you even install them. Different mats are ideal for different styles of training and martial arts disciplines. We can help you find the right mats for your training – follow this quick guide for some tips or contact the Zebra sales team to have your questions answered. 

Make Sure They Are Installed Properly

Not many things can ruin new mats more than improper installation. Zebra Mats are easy to install, but you must follow the proper instructions to do so. Improper installation can lead to everything from mold growth to mat damage. If you are planning on installing the mats yourself, follow these instructions to get it right the first time. 

Remember that installing mats on a floor that is not properly prepared is not only dangerous for your mats, it also makes them dangerous to train on. Always install mats on a clean, level subfloor. 

Clean Them Regularly

Maintenance for your mats is absolutely essential. Proper cleaning after use will greatly extend their lifespan, as sweat and other bodily fluids can degrade and stain the outer materials if left for long periods. It’s best practice to quickly clean away sweat after use and also deep clean the mats with a gym scrubber regularly. Cleaning instructions for Zebra Mats can be found here. 

It’s also important to use the right type of cleaner that is approved by the manufacturer. For approved cleaning products that can be used on Zebra Mats, shop at our online store. 

Avoid Weights

Heavy weights can damage mats if they are dropped or slammed down onto them. Weight training is better left for rubber flooring as the weights can puncture the vinyl covering on martial arts mats. Some light fitness equipment (medicine balls, slam balls, rounded kettle bells, and sand weights) is okay to use on martial arts mats. 

Keep the Shoes Off Them

We know that most gyms will heavily frown upon wearing shoes on mats, but it’s important to reiterate that sneakers can carry dirt and debris with them, which will soil your mats. They can also scuff the mats, which will cause permanent damage that is not covered by standard manufacturers warranties. 

If you have any other questions on how to take care of your Zebra Mats, refer to our resources section, our FAQ page, or contact us today.