Maintenance and washing instructions for your Leela Yoga Rug
You will spend a lot of hours on you yoga rug, it's a new buddy for your practice, you should give it care it needs.
Rug can be compared to the bed sheets or table cloth. You don't wash your bed, you wash the bed sheets. So the same applies with a rug. You will be washing only your rug not a mat, which you put underneath.
If you live in colder climate and you don´t sweat too much it might be enough to wash your rug once per week or two. According to your needs.
But if you live in humid, warm country and your rug gets really sweaty each time you use it you should wash it every second day or everyday to prevent odor.
Should you wash the rug before first use?
We suggest to wash the rug before first use. Same like you would wash your clothes when you bring them home from shop.
There are 2 main reasons why:
1.You will remove excessive dust from production or transportation. When you start practicing and sweating it will end up on your skin.
2. The rug may loose some color after fist few washes
Soak your new Leela rug in a bucket in a lukewarm or cold water, you can add handful of salt to preserve the colors better.
Your new rug may loose some color during first few washings, that’s why, wash it always separately!
If you wish to wash your yoga rug by hand, use cold water, some natural soap or detergent. If the rug is only sweaty it should be enough. It is has some dirt on (especially light colors) you may need brush as well.
If you are washing your rug in the machine be sure that you use program under 30 degrees or programs with cold water. Higher degrees may shrink the rug, since it is made from 100 % cotton.
Use natural detergent and you can also add few drops of natural essential oil, so your rug will have a nice smell during your practice.
When the rug is wet try to pull each corner of the rug to avoid shrinkage.
Dry your Mysore rug in the open area, warm place to avoid long drying. You can use some place on the sun but the colors may fade much more rapidly.
We advice not to use dryer because hot air may cause shrinkage of the rug.
Care instructions for Herbal dyed Rugs & Towels
As organic cotton and natural dyes are gentle to our skin in the same way we have to be gentle to them !
Especially with herbal dyes you have to be a little more careful. It is not hard or impossible it just needs little extra care.
Rule number 1.
Wash the herbal dyed rug or towel in cold water before you use them for the first time. Bucket wash is the safest way to go!
Don't soak the rug for long time. 5-10 minutes are just enough.
It might release some extra color first few washings. Don´t worry, the color will not go away completely, the yarns just have to release some excessive color.
Since no aggressive color stabilizers were used to preserve the color for ever a little bit has to go.
Natural colors work a little differently as we are used to with synthetic dyes.
As a Mr. dyer was explaining to us, when I asked him about the color preservation:
What in nature is permanent ? Look at the flower.
One day the flower blooms, other day it changes the color and it falls to the ground and becomes part of the soil once again.
Only we (humans) came up with the concept of permanency. We want the things to be always the same.
Don't worry if the colors fade slightly, it is just a sign that the natural processes were used for production.
Rule number 2.
Use only natural detergents & washing powders!
Check the ingredients in the washing powder or detergent. They can't contain Citric acids because it works in opposite way. It bleaches the color.
As an acid reacts to natural dyes very strongly it might create stains.
The best and safest thing to use is Soap nuts or soap washing powder.
Soap nuts are completely natural as they come from Soap nut tree :)
Rule number 3.
Cold wash in the bucket for general maintenance.
Water temperature should be below 30 degrees.
Rule number 4.
Dry in open space but avoid sun if possible. You will prevent the colors from fading away quickly.
Rule number 5.
Wash only with alike colors.
If you have 2 rugs or towels, one is blue and other one is ivory white don't wash them together!
Enough of rules! Enjoy your practice!
If you have any additional questions regarding maintenance or washing the rug, do not hesitate to contact us.