CorkiMat® Original has been discontinued.
We invented CorkiMat Original to replace toxic foam mats on the market. However, it has high material and labor cost. We also found out that it is fragile and can be hard to maintain for some people. We developed CorkiMat Lite and Plus for these reasons. CorkiMat Plus is about 1.7 times larger than the Original/Lite version. The padding is 100% hypoallergenic polyester(safe for babies) and wrapped with Organic cotton as we always use. Of course, it is free of harmful chemicals and easier to handle and maintain. On top of that, it’s less expensive than the Original version. We highly recommend CorkiMat Lite/Plus for many reasons. CorkiMat Lite/Plus definitely provides cleaner looking than Original tiles.
What's the difference between CorkiMat® and Organic Cotton Play Mat?
CorkiMat tiles can be connected to make the mat as big as you want while the Organic Play Mat has a fixed size (appx. 55"x55"). CorkiMat provides similar or better protection compare to regular foam mats. Organic Cotton Play Mat provides softer cushion. If you have hardwood floor, we highly recommend CorkiMat or Organic Cotton Play Mat with double padding since it provides perfect protection when baby falls or bumps. However, some customers find the single padding option sufficient. You can purchase double padding option under any Organic Cotton Play Mat listings.
CorkiMat® Lite vs CorkiMat® Plus
If you are looking to fill a larger area or easier care and less maintenance, we have larger tiles CorkiMat™ Plus available. Padding in both versions is made of 100% Hypoallergenic Polyester. See below comparison.
|CorkiMat® Lite||CorkiMat® Plus|
|Dimension||appx. 19"x19"(inches)||appx. 2'x2'(feet)|
|Weight||appx. 15oz/tile||appx. 1lb 8oz/tile|
How to connect each CorkiMat® tiles?
CorkiMat® full set(9 tiles) comes with 12 pieces of Velcro connectors. The anti-slip features prevent it from slipping on hardwood floors. You can connect the tiles together at the bottom. Click here to watch "how to connect" video.
|OLD VERSION||NEW VERSION|
|Connection||Velcro strips(3"x16")||Velcro squares(4"x4")|
|Bottom||Plain White Cotton||Silicon anti-slip dotted Cotton|
See our product manual here
Do I need to wash the covers prior to use?
Covers are not pre-washed during production. However, we steam iron them and clean the surfaces before shipping. Our fabric is 100% Organic and it is safe to use as is. If you would like to wash the cover prior to use, please follow our care instructions included with the product.
* It is natural for cotton to shrink after washing but it will recover some of it after using. As similar to any other cotton products, it will shrink and recover somewhat. We designed the cover and padding to account for the shrinkage.
How to wash CorkiMat®?
Remove outside covers only, flip them inside out and seal the Velcro openings and put them in washer. Machine wash separately in cold water, Air/Hang/Flat dry only, Do not tumble dry. No bleach, Iron if needed. Please wash outside covers only! LITE and PLUS insert can be hand washed and then flat/hang dry only! Click here to watch our "wash and care" video.
Will the Velcro come apart with crawling? My 6mo old is kicking non-stop and about to crawl.
[OLD VERSION] Velcro connections are very strong so a baby will not be able to kick them off. We have not had any complaints about it. Please make sure all the connections are connected to the Velcro.
[NEW VERSION] Each tile has anti-slip feature at the bottom so it won’t slide on hardwood floor even without Velcro connectors. However, tiles may separate if they are being intentionally pulled/kicked apart. It should not move around during a baby's normal use.
I have hardwood floors, is CorkiMat® anti-slip?
Yes, CorkiMat® has anti-slip feature at the bottom. Small silicon dots on fabric prevent the mat from slipping on floors. The old version has anti-slip feature on Velcro strips but the new version has the anti-slip feature on the entire bottom of a tile.
What are low impact dyes?
Conventional dyeing and printing use a myriad of toxins, including heavy metals, benzene, formaldehydes and organochlorides. The process requires large quantities of water to wash out the residues, which is then dumped into the local waters of the mills. Our fabrics are printed with low impact dyes. Although they are made from a synthetic material, they are considered to be more eco-friendly in comparison to natural dyes for many reasons. One of the interesting benefits of using low impact dyes is that they have a higher absorption rate, which means less dye is actually required to adhere to fibers which also results in a lighter, softer fabric. Likewise, low impact dyes don’t require toxic chemical mordants to fix the color to the fabrics as do natural dyes. Low impact dyes are often reclaimed from the liquid waste and the water is recyclable. Another added benefit is that they require less heat which saves energy.
What is Organic Cotton?
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming. See our GOTS Organic Cotton Certificate here & here.
My fabric appears to have defects. What should I do?
Organic fabric will have some natural imperfections due to the process in which it is unbleached. Unbleached cotton yarns have little brown specks which come from seeds and husks of the cotton ball. It is not quality problem even if you find some brown specks in covers. We feel that these imperfections only add character to the fabric.
Is our Polyester safe?
We chose polyester to make padding to be functional and protective similar or better compare to foam mats on the market. EVA or other foam mats use harmful chemicals and they can be toxic for babies as you might have read related articles. However, we found that polyester can be as safe as natural materials if there is no other chemicals in it. The padding in CorkiMat is made from 100% polyester fibers which does not contain any other chemicals, free of flame retardants. The materials used in CorkiMat have been tested by independent labs to be safe for babies.
Is our Polyester Eco-friendly?
Unlike conventional polyester, we use recycled polyester as raw material. Polyester is recyclable and recycling it to create new form of polyester fiber prevents it from going to landfill. This process of recycled polyester requires much less energy than process of making regular polyester.
- Using more recycled polyester reduces our dependence on petroleum as the raw material.
- This process reduces landfill, and thus less soil contamination, air and water pollution.
Another benefit is that the products created from recycled polyester can be recycled again and again with no degregation of quality, allowing us to minimize wastage. This means polyester could forever be reused and recycled! Something you cannot say for a lot of other fibers. The non-biodegradbility of polyester could actually be good, it is eco-friendly!
How long will it take for my order be shipped?
We start working to fulfill your order immediately and want you to have your products as soon as possible. We ship within one week, or sooner. Unfortunately, we cannot ship to a P.O. Box addresses. APO/FPO and all U.S. territories including Puerto Rico will be considered international shipping.
Can you ship internationally?
Yes, we ship worldwide. Once you add your shipping address in your cart, you will see the shipping cost for your country. Please take into account that items may be held for additional customs/duty/VAT fees in your country of residence. These fees are separate from your purchase with us, and we unfortunately have no control over them. Marking a false value or marking the parcel as a "gift" is illegal, so please do not ask us to do so.
Using a forwarder: Also, you can use forwarding companies like MyUS.com(over 225 countries), MalltailUSA.com(for South Korea, Japan, China and Germany) who offer convenient International Shipping. These companies offer deeply discounted international shipping rates. They will provide you with a US street address, receive packages on your behalf, and then ship your order overseas. They also helps prepare customs paperwork for your shipments. Please check their estimated cost first before you place an order.