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1 December 2018 

How do I care for my recycled plastic mat products?

How do I care for my recycled plastic mat products?

Recycled Plastic Mats

Our recycled plastic mats have been made to the best attainable standards from UV treated recycled Polypropylene. They are mould-resistant, non-toxic and hypo-allergenic. Whilst they are designed for indoor and outdoor use, we do not recommend leaving them continually in water or direct sunlight, as like all plastic, extensive exposure to sun or rain will eventually lead to deterioration over time. 

For ease of transport, your recycled plastic mat will arrive folded. These fold marks will drop out over time which normally takes a few weeks but warm temperatures may speed up the process. Hanging the mat over a washing line for a few hours over a few days can be helpful. The warmth will help to relax the plastic and the weight of the mat will also help the folds to drop. 

Keep in mind, if the mat is folded back up at the end of each day, the fold marks will remain. 

Cleaning - Light dust and dirt can be shaken off or vacuumed. For heavier soiling or if food and dirt have made their way into the weave, we recommend that you use a soft broom and warm water to gently scrub the dirt out followed by a rinse with a hose. We do not recommend using abrasive chemical cleaning products, as this can weaken the plastic. We also do not recommend using a Gerni or other high-pressure water cleaner as this can blow the mat fibres apart.

Use and Storage - Our ethical recycled plastic mats are sturdy and durable but like any floor covering, they can be damaged through rough daily use. To prevent permanent dents, we suggest that no heavy items are to be left on top of the mats, especially when in storage ie in cupboards or the boot of your car.

If using your mat underneath a table setting, ensure that the feet of the chairs and table are larger than the circumference of a 5 cent piece. This will help to distribute the weight and stop the feet from getting caught in the weave. Also be aware that if your mat is placed on soft or wet ground, it is much more prone to damage from chair legs if supporting someone seated. And please be mindful of pets who have a fondness for chewing on random things!

We recommend keeping your recycled plastic mat folded along it's original fold lines when storing. Please refer to our "How To Fold" Blog Post and note the instructions carefully. 

If using your recycled plastic mat on a wood or tile floor, we suggest using a non-skid floor protector under the mat to keep it in place. 

Extensive daily use over a period of time may cause the seams to begin to pull apart. It is possible to restitch these back together using fishing line and a large needle. 

Recycled Tyre Mat 

Our doormats and mousepads/placemats are made from recycled car tyres and PET bottles. These are exceptionally hard-wearing and easy to maintain. They are UV treated to help avoid discolouration but some colours and designs are likely to fade if left in direct sunlight for extensive periods of time. If this is a concern, we suggest that you consider using your mat in a shaded area. 

Cleaning - Our recycled tyre mats are covered with Scotchgard to resist staining. They can be vacuumed or washed down with warm soapy water for light soiling. For heavier soiling, a hose or Gerni can be used. We recommend holding any high pressure water cleaners at a distance to minimise the impact on the mat fibres. Dry flat, away from direct sunlight. 

Use and Storage - We expect our rubber and PET mats to last 3-5 years in a standard home environment. Their longevity depends entirely on care and location. 

Recycled Fabric (Chindi) Rug

Our recycled Chindi and fabric rugs are made from a combination of jute, recycled leather, recycled cotton, wool and denim. A blend of different dyed fabrics are used to make these rugs, so we cannot guarantee how colourfast the various components will be. These charming rugs are more delicate than our tougher recycled plastic mats and are designed for indoor use only. 

NOTE: being hand-woven or hand-tufted, you may experience some "sprouting" of small tufts of fabric after some use. This is a normal occurrence of loose tufts of fabric that pop up or extend above the surface of the pile. Please ensure that the brush roll (or rotary brush) bar on your vacuum cleaner is turned off when vacuuming as this can cause irritation to the fibres and result in them coming loose. Any individual threads that have come loose can simply be cut even with the pile surface.

Cleaning - Light vacuuming (do not use the brush roll) or spot cleaning is the best approach when caring for these rugs. 

If using soap, test on a discreet area of the rug to ensure no colour alterations. We do not recommend putting these rugs in the washing machine. 

Extensive water dousing will require a longer drying time. This can lead to discolouration or mould in muggy environments. We recommend using small amounts of water to clean the area in need of care. Commercial steam cleaning can be used for heavy soiling. 

Use and Storage - We suggest keeping them out of direct sunlight to retain the vibrancy of the fabric. Colours will remain most vibrant if used in low traffic areas. 


Cushion Covers

Our unique cushion covers are made from either 100% polyester or 100% cotton chambray. They are suitable for indoor and outdoor use but prolonged exposure to sun may result in fading. 

Cleaning - Machine wash the cushion cover on a cold and gentle cycle. Do not use bleach or tumble dry. We recommend washing them separately from other items initially in case of any colour changes. Dry in the shade. 

If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase from Recycled Mats, we offer a 30 day right of return