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 cool in the summer and warmer in the winter time.
Our tatami mats are some of the best available and are made according to Japanese manufacturing specifications. Our manufacturer has won numerous awards for quality and excellence in sustainably harvested materials.
The rice straw mat is the traditional Japanese tatami fill and is used primarily in residential settings. It offers a slightly softer feel for sitting and walking.
The fiber fill is made from a natural cellulose tree fiber and is firmer and equally beautiful. These mats are typically used in commercial settings.
Our Tatami mats are carefully crafted according to Japanese manufacturing specifications. The top of the mat is constructed from a double layer of woven Japanese Igusa Rush Grass. The rice straw fill is naturally dried for one year and baked at very high temperatures to create a pest free, sterile fill that is safe for your home. Each Tatami is sewn together with a black cotton fabric border and bound by organic twine. Our Tatami are finished with a moisture resistant barrier at the foundation to add years to the life of each mat. The fiber fill mats are made from a natural, dense cellulose tree fiber which is dried and heat treated at very high temperatures. Our manufacturer has won an award of excellence for sustainably harvested materials.
Tatami mats are not fire retardant.
Tatami mats are green when new and over time will dry to become tan in color. To extend the life of your Tatami, keep them dry to avoid possible mildew. If possible, remove the mats quarterly and allow them to dry in the sun for an afternoon. 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 an afternoon if possible.
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.