How to clean foam tiles or baby play mats

Baby Playmats

Whether your child accidentally spits up, spills liquids, or creates any stain on the playmat, it simply needs a good cleaning to keep it looking new. Here are a few methods that can help get rid of spills and unsightly stains on a playmat. 

We found the easiest way to clean foam interlocking puzzle tiles was in the shower with warm water. Or wash and rinse outside with garden hose.

Vinegar and Water

Vinegar is one of the oldest methods for disinfecting and cleaning household materials that contain mold, stains, bacteria, and germs. It is an acid base that chemically reacts with stains to gently break them down and eventually release the stain from the material. To create the vinegar and water solution, mix equal parts vinegar and hot water into a spray bottle. Spray the stain with the vinegar solution and allow to sit for 2 minutes. Then, with an absorbent cloth, gently blot the stain to lift it. You can also use the vinegar water solution to spot clean immediately after you notice a fresh stain on the playmat.

All-natural Cleaner

Since most playmats come in contact with a child's sensitive skin, an all-natural cleaner is a solution to prevent allergic reactions. When you shop for all-natural cleaner, read the ingredient label to confirm that there are no harmful chemicals in the solution. Borax or hydrogen peroxide are also good options.


When choosing a detergent, look for ones that are free from dyes and perfumes. Natural made soap like Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap comes in a unscented variety and works well when mixed with water.

Dish Soap

Dish soap works as a good cleaner for EVA foam tiles or PVC playmats because it suds up, will loosen the dirt from material and is safe on skin. If possible rinse of wipe off after.


Bleach and disinfectants should be used in low concentrations and if possible be wiped off or rinsed with water to avoid contact with skin. 

Baking Soda

Baking soda is safe for use on children's toys and play mats. Mix baking soda with water to form a paste. Apply the paste over any stain on playmat with a sponge and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Remove the paste by soaking a sponge in water and gently blotting the paste away.