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Caring for our playmats isn’t difficult, they just need some simple TLC. And when we say simple, we really mean it. Your new arrival should be a practical and low maintenance addition to your home, because there’s enough stress in the day to day already. So here is our care guide for keeping it looking box fresh for even longer.
Flat as a Pancake
Sometimes we get a bit enthusiastic when rolling it to pack and send it to you, and the clever memory foam remembers this. We hope you have already been in touch if this was the case for you, but if not, it is really easy to get it laying totally flat.
For playmats fresh from the box, re-roll it tightly the other way overnight starting from the tricky edge, and once unrolled, it will lay how it should. For subtle, flicked up edges, we recommend flexing them in the opposite direction and scooting across them on your knees, using pressure to encourage the edge to unlearn the fold.
Enjoy the Support
That delicious, squidgy feeling underfoot is our luxurious foam. It won't just mould around you, but will seek to support anything on it.
Temporary pressure marks from things like knobbly knees, elbows and even play equipment like Pikler triangles, will recover and it’s for this reason we always suggest observing any lasting dents over a few days. As your playmat eases into your home, you'll find it will get quicker at recovering from pressure spots the more you use it. Do keep heavy furniture off them though, unless you are prepared for some long-lasting indentations.
It’s tempting to suck up stray crumbs with the vacuum, but we strongly advise keeping our playmats hoover-free zones. Unfortunately, heavy wheels in the body and the head in some hoovers are surprisingly vicious. They can result in friction and snag marks across the sealed surface leaving lasting damage, so be careful while hoovering around the edges as well. Instead, use a soft bristled brush to sweep muck off the playmat.
Make the most out of the wipedown
When it comes to surface cleaning, less is definitely more and you’ve probably got our tried and tested solutions already.
Make up a simple, soapy mix from washing up liquid or hand soap with warm water or choose a gentle, non-toxic surface spray*. Always use a soft cloth or muslin, they’ll remove most marks by returning to it regularly. We know you will be anxious to speed up the process, but just like those rough rotating hoover parts can rub the surface, try not to be too vigorous when cleaning. Soft strokes always, never get into a habit of scrubbing. We know you will be busy playing, but don’t forget the flip the playmat regularly and clean under too.
*Gentle cleaning solutions are generally those deemed safe for the skin and suitable for cleaning baby equipment like highchairs. In our own homes, we tend to use Dettol (the one for chopping boards), Nimble and Koh (without essential oils) as well as warm soapy water.
The only exception to this list are water and baby wipes. Whilst they are great at lifting a dirty nappy, most contain emulsifiers and citric acid that can continue to act on the playmat after use.
For Those OH-NO moments
Our playmats are wipedown, but they are not completely stain proof. We do suggest keeping berries, citrus fruits, tomato-based sauces nail varnish (and remover), pens and food colourings etc. away from the playmat altogether, as their stains can be hard to budge.
As parents ourselves, we know that it is typically the items that you least expect to stain that surprise us. Like the ice-lolly with no artificial colours that actually has a lot of turmeric instead to make it that vivid yellow, or that non-toy toy.
If you do get a stubborn stain, our secret weapon is bicarbonate soda paste. Really easy to mix up, add three parts soda to one part water and apply on to the affected area for a few hours and then wipe off. A drop of clear vinegar can also add some oomph. It may take a couple of applications to lift marks, so don’t be tempted to try a harsh stain remover instead!