Vinyl covered mats are constructed of top-quality materials and designed to provide years of service under normal conditions. Although most of our mats are covered with extremely durable 18oz coated vinyl material, you should always pick your mat up and carry it from place to place (including even short distances). Most cover wear results from mats being dragged across the floor.
Vinyl mat covers require frequent cleaning to remove perspiration and maintain hygiene. Agents containing chlorine will damage materials and should NOT be used. For cosmetic cleaning only, use a solution of mild detergent mixed with water. To protect against bodily fluid borne pathogens, (e.g. HIV, MRSA, etc.) use a disinfectant product such as our KenClean or Oxivir.
Always test cleaning solutions on a small portion of the mat underside before cleaning entire mat. Tough stains may often be removed with a small amount of non-abrasive mechanic's hand cleaner (not the type that contains pumice or other gritty components) which is easily and inexpensively available at most automotive parts stores and a soft cloth.
Our mats are intended for indoor use only. Vinyl mat covers, no matter the color, quickly absorb and retain heat when exposed to direct sunlight. Hot vinyl surfaces can severely burn unprotected skin on contact.
Ultraviolet rays degrade vinyl, even extremely durable 18oz vinyl with which our mats are covered. Using this mat outdoors or exposing its cover to direct sunlight will reduce its useful life, violate any applicable warranty, and place mat owner/user in significant jeopardy.