If you enjoy working out several times per week, there’s a pretty good chance that you have a few pieces of workout equipment in your home. After all, it’s a lot more convenient (and ultimately cheaper) than always having to go to a gym. But when it comes to caring for your exercise equipment, what are you doing to make sure that it’s clean and well-maintained?
If you’d like a few tips on things that you can do to keep your equipment in good shape, here are five great recommendations.
Thoroughly read your owner’s manual.
When you first got your exercise equipment and you saw your owner’s manual, there’s a pretty good chance that you skimmed through it and then tossed it into a drawer in your kitchen or home office. But when it comes to learning how to properly care for your equipment, your manual actually has some helpful information. So, before doing anything else, be sure to review it first.
Clean your equipment.
Cleaning your equipment is not just a good way to keep it in good condition; it’s also sanitary. Being that dirt, debris, and sweat tend to collect on equipment over time, you must use some non-abrasive cleaning solution and a lint-free cloth to wipe down your equipment at least twice a week. One website that can walk you through how to properly clean exercise equipment is Althetix Products. Just go to the site and put “how to clean gym equipment” in the search field.
Inspect belts and cables.
If you have equipment that has a lot of belts and cables, for the sake of your equipment as well as your own safety, you should inspect them once a month. What you should be looking for are signs of tearing or fraying. If you happen to notice any, don’t use the equipment until you’ve had it checked out by a repair person. Wear and tear on belts and cables are signs that your equipment is not as stable as it should be.
Use caution in replacing parts.
There is going to come a time when some of your equipment is going to need to have some of its parts replaced. Just make sure that you use parts that come directly from the manufacturer of your equipment. Although there are a lot of companies that will advertise discount pieces, oftentimes they are not the best compliment for your equipment and can end up doing more long-term harm than good.
Create your own maintenance schedule.
If you were shopping at a store and Gym Mats and you asked one of the customer sales associates for clean gym equipment tips, one of the things that they would probably tell you is that you should create your own maintenance schedule. That way, you will be in the habit of doing certain things for your equipment on a weekly and monthly basis – and that can keep your equipment in great condition for years to come.