Classroom Mats, Sleep Mats, Rest Mats, Activity Play Mats for Schools Nurseries: Manufacturer’s Care and Cleaning Advice
Classroom Mats, sleep mats, rest mats, activity play mats for schools nurseries: Outdoor use: Your spaces4kids sleep mat, rest mat, activity play mat is shower-proof and can be used but not stored outside on non-abrasive, safe surfaces such as grass. These padded mats offer comfort and protection for play and rest times but they are not “sports” crash mats, which require specialist foam grades to cope with extra impact.
Safe receipt of your new mat: Creases may be found in mats folded for shipping, they should drop out naturally in a short time. On receipt, please shake the mat so that the foam inside the cover flattens and migrates to the corners. If creases persist (over three weeks), add a weight to flatten them. Never apply a heat source such as a hair dryer, iron, or electric fire. Creasing should not form a trip hazard and will not normally affect the performance of your mat.
Cleaning: Although the fabrics we use are anti-bacterial they must we regularly cleaned. All materials are waterproof and can be wiped clean with non-abrasive proprietary household cleaners and dilute bleach solutions. Regular use of concentrated bleach solutions may rot the sewing threads over a longer period of time. All surfaces must be completely dried before use. Do not immerse in water i.e. not suitable for use in swimming pools.
Classroom mat, play mat, rest mat, quality assurance: Our products are latex free and phthalate free. Phthalates are chemicals used in plastics manufacture to make plastics soft and pliable. There have been studies to show that certain types of phthalates may cause cancer. It is a European wide requirement that all childcare products including rest mats should be “phthalate compliant” but many customers prefer their rest mats to be phthalate free which very much narrows the choice of supplier, happily ALL SPACES4KIDS CLASSROOM MATS, REST MATS, SLEEP MATS, ACTIVITY PLAY MATS FOR NURSERIES ARE PHTHALATE FREE and all are made with our own brand, non toxic, waterproof coated “eco-Play” fabrics that comply with both EN71 Toy and BS7176 Furniture safety standards and are fire retardant.
So in summary our classroom mats, sleep mats, rest mats, activity play mats are UK made, filled with CFC free fire retardant foams made to Parts 1 and 2 BS5852 Furniture and Furnishing (fire safety) crib 5 standard, have carefully positioned heavy impact non-split sewn (not welded) seams, are urine resistant, waterproof and wipe clean.
A further note on questions of hygiene, “Measles, classroom mats, rest mats, sleep mats and activity play mats for nurseries?” “Measles is caused by infection with the rubella virus. This virus is contained in the millions of tiny droplets that come out of the nose and mouth when someone with measles coughs or sneezes. You can catch measles by breathing in these droplets or, if the droplets have settled on a surface, by touching the surface and then placing your hands near your nose or mouth. The measles virus can survive on surfaces for a few hours.” (extract from the NHS website). The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial coating on our fabrics will not instantly kill the measles virus on contact, but it will help generally to minimise the multiplication of “germs” and how long they stay on the surface of soft play. This means it is still important to wipe all soft play at the start and end of each session with a good quality disinfectant solution.
HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION AND IMPORTANT WARNINGS: INSPECT YOUR MAT REGULARLY TO ENSURE IT IS IN GOOD CONDITION AND HYGENIC AND IS NOT SUFFERING FROM EXCESSIVE WEAR. EXPECT SOME EXTRA WEAR ON CORNERS THIS IS NORMAL. ALWAYS LOCATE EQUIPMENT IN AREAS WHERE CHILDREN WILL NOT BE AT RISK FROM TRIP HAZARDS, ROUGH OR SHARP OBJECTS OR HAZARDOUS FALLS E.G. DOORS, RADIATORS, CORNERS OF WALLS, WINDOWS, STAIRS/STEPS, PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC, MACHINERY, FURNITURE.