Classroom mats, sleep mats, rest mats and play mats in day nurseries and classroom, can they spread illnesses like measles?

“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 virus can survive on surfaces for a few hours.” (extract from the NHS website)

The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial coating on our fabrics used to make our classroom mats, sleep mats, rest mats, play mats and activity mats 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 rest mats, activity mats and all soft play at the start and end of each session with a good quality disinfectant solution.