Tatami Mat Care
Tatami mat characteristics
Tatami mat care is important as its a product that uses natural materials. The core is compressed rice straw, sea grass surrounds that centre part and then a brocade edge is added.
Making sure that there are no infestations of bugs and that the mats are bone dry is a critical process. Therefore the constituent materials are heated to 140 degrees Fahrenheit / 60 degrees Celsius.
This heat application in an oven ensures export documentation will be given. Because of the heat process importers can confidently sell to end users.
The versatile nature of Tatami mats means they can by laid over most surfaces. Consequently floors made from concrete, wood or underfloor heated laminate are suitable options.
Another use for Tatami is with Low Level beds. Over the last decade or so this combination has become more and more popular. Customers then can add a futon mattress if they desire.
The natural nature of these mats mean that if they are exposed to sunlight they will change from green to yellow. This only changes the colour not performance.
Most of all Tatami mats should never be walked on with outside shoes, they should be kept clean. Also, it’s important not to lay over any humid flooring.
Keep the mats away from damp or hot places, such as radiators.
In addition lofts and basements are not ideal storage areas. It may be dry but if these places aren’t visited regularly there will be little airflow.
Wherever you store Tatami try and put them on pallets or pieces of timber so air can circulate. This simple process will help overall and stop humidity.
Another important point is to store Tatami mats horizontally and certainly not vertically, as they will bend.
it’s best to keep the mats clean and well ventilated.
Make sure to pick up crumbs and wipe away spills if eating and drinking on Tatami mats.
It’s fine to use a vacuum cleaner in these circumstances or a J cloth.
It will not hurt to use an anti bug spray every 2 months or so.
Twice a year say in Spring and Summer take the mats out side so they can ventilate in fresh air. Make sure it’s not a humid day. The air will ensure any natural odours will be eliminated.
Especially relevant is to prevent the sun from burning the mats.
All foot ware should be removed and it’s not wise to leave heavy furniture on the woven surface. It may damage the structure.