In a report published on HealthDay, it was concluded that wrestlers are more likely to be affected by skin infection than any other athlete. Investigators found that 74% of skin infection cases occurred among wrestlers. In light of this revelation, suggestions were made on how to protect wrestlers from the risk of skin infections. The suggestions made include thorough cleaning of the wrestling match. Read on to find out how to clean wrestling mats.
So, how to clean wrestling mat; first of all, sweep out all the dirt, dust or hair that are resident on your mat. Next, get a cleaning solution and mix it with warm water. Use a mop to apply the mixed cleaning solution. Make sure the mop is clean. Then, apply a disinfectant and allow the mat to dry.
Why Is It Important To Clean Wrestling Mat?
Wrestling is a sport where body contact is inevitable. Wrestlers have to battle it out and their body gets to have contact with a lot of surfaces, mostly the wrestling mat. It is, therefore, important to pay attention to cleanness because of the nature of the sport. One way to ensure cleanliness is to pay attention to cleaning the wrestling mat.
Wrestlers are susceptible to the risk of having some serious skin diseases if the wrestling mat is not properly cleaned. Some of the diseases commonly seen in wrestling include; ringworm, herpes simplex virus, impetigo, and staphylococcal infections.
Researchers found that most wrestlers plagued with skin infection return to the competition in a little over one week. However, there are some whose case is serious and they have to deal with the infection for a longer time. This shows that the case of skin infection among wrestlers should not be overlooked. In other words, the need for adequate cleanliness in wrestling cannot be overemphasized.
Steps-By-Step Guide On How To Clean A Wrestling Match:
Instruments needed for the cleaning of the mats include;
- Cleaning solution
- Bucket or Plastic spray bottle
Sweep the mat thoroughly: sweep out all the dust, dirt, and hair that are on the mats. Let your focus be on the corners of the mat as dirt and hair can store up in this region.
Lay the wrestling mat on a clean surface: be careful not to lay the mat on the floor where the tournament took place. If you have no other place to lay the mat, you have the choice to clean and disinfect the floor where the meet took place. When this is done, you can go ahead and lay the mat on the floor. However, it is advisable to lay the mat on a different and clean surface.
Wrinkles and folds can prevent you from cleaning the mat properly. Make sure there are no wrinkles on the mats and that all folds are well straightened out. This will ensure you have the entire mat cleaned.
Mix cleaning solution with water and spread with a mop: a good cleaning solution is needed to clean out the residual dirt on the surface. Mix the cleaning solution with water. When this is done, apply the mixture on the surface of the mat and then spread it with a mop.
Use the mop to clean the mat thoroughly leaving out no portion on the surface of the mat. Also, it is important to make sure the mop is always clean before using it.
Spray disinfectant on the mat: Cleaning with cleaning solution alone will not deal with certain germs and these germs can affect the wrestlers. Disinfectant is needed to make sure all the germs residents on the mat are properly dealt with. Bleach mixed with water in a ratio of 2 to 1 is a good example of disinfectant. Peroxide or rubbing alcohol will also do the work.
Spray the disinfectant on the mat. Allow it to stay for about 15 seconds then rub off with a dry towel or a dry mop. Do not rub it off immediately after spraying. This is to ensure that the disinfectant does its work before cleaning it off.
Flip the mat to the other side: Repeat the entire process from step 1 to 4 on the other side off the wrestling mat.
Roll up the mat and store in an upright position: this ensures that excess water and disinfectant roll off the mat to the floor. Storing the mat in an upright position also ensures the mat does not get dirty while lying on its side.
Carefully follow the steps as listed and explained above and you will be sure to have a clean wrestling mat to practice on. Your wrestlers will not have to stay out of play because they are sick from skin infections. Check out this blog for other Available Ideas on cleaning.