FAQ

How does Matsana work?

Your mat is guided through Matsana’s high-intensity UV-C light chamber, exposing both sides to concentrated germicidal light that kills microorganisms by destroying their DNA.

How do I use it?

There are instructions mounted next to each machine:

  1. Slide your snugly rolled mat onto the arm.
  2. Swipe your credit/debit card and push the “Start” button.
  3. Insert your mat into Matsana and release the mat when the machine engages it.
  4. Retrieve and roll up your mat as it exits the bottom of the machine.

It’s that easy.

How do I know that Matsana really works?

Applied Microbiological Services (AMSLabs.com), evaluated the effectiveness of the Matsana Ultra-Violet Yoga Mat Sanitizer. Using a Matsana machine, AMS conducted bacterial challenge testing on Staphylococcus Aureus and E. coli bacteria and concluded that our UV Yoga Mat Sanitizer killed greater than 99.9% of both organisms on one pass through the machine.

E. coli was chosen as one of the challenge bacteria because it has a higher tolerance to UV light than the average bacteria or virus in a list compiled by Philips Lighting, manufacturers of UV-C lamps. In spite of E. coli’s resistance to UV, it was no match for Matsana. The relative ease that Matsana demonstrated in killing E. coli also demonstrates the machine’s ability to annihilate a broad range of other microorganisms.

The full AMS report is available upon request.

Does the UV-C light from Matsana damage my mat?

No. In passing a mat through Matsana. the total exposure to the mat is about 1.2 seconds. If you used Matsana everyday of the year, your mat would receive an annual total exposure of a little more than 7 minutes. We conducted accelerated 10 year daily exposure testing on several brands of mats, including Manduka, Tapas, Lulu Lemon and generic varieties. None of them showed any change in flexibility, elasticity, color, cushioning or surface texture/appearance.

Will I get any harmful radiation from Matsana?

No. Matsana’s radiant energy is contained within the light chamber and Matsana lamps use the same technology as common fluorescent lamps.

Does Matsana produce ozone?

No. The UV-C lamps in Matsana operate at a different frequency than ozone producing lamps.

Is the Matsana light harmful to me?

No. The radiant energy that does the work in Matsana is contained, out of sight, in the light chamber of the machine. The thin line of visible light when one looks directly down at the top of the machine (Don’t!) is reflected light and is extremely low energy. Measured on a radiometer, the light energy from the thin line registers about the same as indirect daylight lighting coming from windows.

Will Matsana kill mat-odor?

Yes. Mat odors are caused by pungent smelling, sulphur compounds in the waste excreted by bacteria. When you rid the mat of the bacteria excreting the waste, you also get rid of the smell. Germicidal UV-C light requires line-of-sight to be effective, so if your mat has not been cleaned for some time, it is possible for target organisms to be shielded by layers of crud. For Matsana to be most effective in maintaining your mat in a fresh condition, it may be necessary to first give a good cleaning to heavily soiled or neglected mats.

Do UV-C wands do the same thing as Matsana?

No. UV-C wands, by design, are to be used by untrained consumers in uncontrolled environments, and, for safety, the power of the lamps is severely limited. Waving around an underpowered hand-held device is no match for the controlled process and sheer power of Matsana. Your mat passes through Matsana’s enclosed, high-intensity, UV-C light chamber at a regulated rate of exposure and ensures that every square inch of your mat, on both sides, receives a powerful and effective dose of germicidal UV-C light.

Does Matsana leave anything on my mat?

No. Unlike sprays, wipes, or oils, that sometimes use toxic chemicals, bleach or other active liquids, Matsana is a dry process and leaves no residue. And unlike some mats with undisclosed, embedded germicidal agents, you may place your face on your Matsana – sanitized mat with absolute confidence and peace of mind.

How “Green” is Matsana?

Very. Matsana is made entirely in the US, primarily from aluminum, the most plentiful metal in the earth’s crust. Aluminum is also very easy to recycle and commands high prices from aluminum producers, ensuring that little, if any, finds its way to landfills. The plastic front cover is made from ABS and the arm from stainless steel, both, again, sought after and easily recycled materials. The lamps are recycled by the same facilities that recycle fluorescent lamps. Matsana is designed and built for the long haul and once delivered to a studio, ends the cycle of diesel-powered, greenhouse gas-producing, shipping and restocking of heavy, liquid, mat cleaning agents. It also helps to halt the endless production and disposal of plastic bottles for those liquids and the disposable wipes and their packaging that end up in landfills.

And in spite of Matsana’s powerful UV-C lamp array, it uses only about 20¢ of electricity in a ten-hour day.

What if the Matsana machine won’t process my mat?

First, we apologize for the inconvenience and we will promptly issue a refund. Just email us, your address, the date, location and the last 4 digits of your credit card if Matsana did not perform as you expected. It would be helpful to us if you could include a brief description of what happened. We are constantly trying to improve Matsana and your suggestion could be the next new feature!