Tatami Mat Information Guide
Tatami mats help to clean the air by absorbing nitrogen dioxide in the room. They are also hydroscopic; absorbing moisture during periods of high humidity and naturally discharging the moisture when the air is dry. Tatami mats act as an insulator as well, keeping your room cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter time.
Our tatami mats offer both quality and value. Our manufacturers have met ISO standards and practice sustainable procurement of materials used in the assembly process. The rice straw mat is the traditional and most popular tatami fill. It offers a slightly softer feel vs. fiber or foam filled mats.
Our Tatami mats are carefully crafted according to Japanese manufacturing specifications. The top of the mat is constructed from a double layer of woven igusa rush grass. The rice straw fill is naturally dried for many months and baked at a steady temperature to create a pest free, sterile fill that is safe for your home. Each Tatami is sewn together with 100% cotton twine and finished with a traditional black or brocade border. Our Tatami mats include a moisture resistant barrier that is sewn into the bottom foundation to help protect your mat and to enhance the life of the mat. Tatami mats are not fire retardant.
Tatami mats are greenish when new and will dry over time to become tan in color. To extend the life of your Tatami, keep them dry to avoid possible mildew. It is recommended that you remove the mats several times a year and allow them to air out on a dry and low humidity day for up to a few hours. If your climate is damp, a room dehumidifier will also help protect your Tatami. To preserve the life of your mats, remove your shoes before stepping on them. If you use a futon or mattress on top of your Tatami, air-dry your mats by removing the futon or mattress on a regular basis. If your bed is situated in a room with high humidity or with limited ventilation, stand the mats up on edge outside on a sunny day for a few hours, to eliminate excess moisture.
To freshen and protect your mats, rotate them regularly to avoid wear from highly trafficked areas. Use a slightly damp cloth for general cleaning. Do not use strong detergents or abrasive cleaners as these may damage the surface of the mats. For stubborn marks, use an equal portion of white vinegar and water using a damp cloth.