"It's not like you're sitting on cotton balls ‚ it's rough, but in a good way. You might freak out the first time you wash it in a machine, because it will come out like a hard, warped dragon, but when you lay it down on the floor, you can step on it and get it back into shape ‚ so don't worry. Also rolling it back up tightly will help shape it back up. I did put mine in the dryer for a short run the first two times, but now that I see the true need to have it moist when using it, there's no need to worry about it being dry. Note: It's true that if you're on a wood surface like most studios, you will need the grip-it layer below or another sticky yoga mat underneath (why lug another mat, though, when the roll of grip-it is so much lighter and easier to tote around?). I would recommend, though, that the grip-it run the entire length of the rug instead of 64. I say this because if you push off the top or bottom and there'sno grip-it underneath, your rug will slide. All in all, I have no doubts this rug will last a lifetime if I take proper care of it, and you might not believe me, but during the day I just can't wait to get to my next class so I can be on top of it again! All in all, I have no doubts this rug will last a lifetime"