Revgear League BJJGround Anyone ever use an all natural mat cleaner?

10/29/13 10:51 AM
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There has been some interest at our gym in using an all natural mat cleaner.

I doubt there are any long term studies of the effects of rolling around on the residue of the active ingredients of many of the common cleaners, but I can certainly understand the desire to avoid it if possible.

Then again, a nasty staph infection is not something to take lightly either.

Anyone ever try an all natural cleaner?
10/29/13 11:03 AM
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That sounds good to me! I actually get what looks like ringworm from bleach. I've had this happen since high school wrestling and had to always have a note from my doctor to compete.
10/29/13 12:24 PM
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I don't think there is a tested, all-natural, surface disinfectant. In to see if there are suggestions Phone Post 3.0
10/29/13 12:39 PM
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Vapor steam cleaners would probably work really well. But they're pricey and would probably take longer to do than a mop and some Simple Green.
10/29/13 3:53 PM
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A vapor steam cleaner is a solid investment for a gym as it can be used on the mats and off the mats on any carpet in the building.

Vacuuming not sufficient for killing pests like dust mites and bed bugs (that aggregate in public places). Also, steam cleaners don't use that much water, so the dry time will be very short.
10/29/13 4:46 PM
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Dang, I am very interested in this from a biological perspective.

Just a couple quick thoughts:

Typically, to "sanitize" (reduce pathogens to 99.99%) you need to let the biocide sit for at least 30 seconds. To "disinfect" (kill all of them) it's 10 minutes.

I just mention this because typically in my observation people think of cleaning the mats as just removing the dirt. If there's a chance for MRSA or if you are concerned, you could have the best cleaner in the world (that isn't strong to the extent the mats melt) but it may not work if you wipe it on and off right away.

The steam vacuum sounds like a great green alternative. Using the same rule of thumb as above, the pathogens may need to be subjected to steam for 30 seconds to really qualify as santizing.

Certainly anything helps, but I mention this in case there is a strong indication that some funk may be present on the mat, especially with flu season coming up.
10/30/13 7:46 PM
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10/30/13 11:03 PM
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Tea Tree oil?
10/30/13 11:18 PM
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tea tree oil on it's own is insufficient.
10/30/13 11:50 PM
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Hydrogen Peroxide?
10/30/13 11:50 PM
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I'm not claiming any of these will 100% work by the way.

Just throwing out ideas.
10/30/13 11:54 PM
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Looks like it has potential
11/6/13 9:34 PM
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I've wanted to see a gym put this to the test since it first came out (if it works, it seems ideal for mats):