Having your own small gym at home is a dream come true for most people, but getting the equipment is just the first step of the challenge. Now you need to learn how to keep your gym in good working order.
Here is a basic guide to home gym equipment maintenance.
Clean the equipment regularly. It is important to sanitize the gym equipment even if no one else is using them but you. Wipe down the surface with a clean cloth and sanitizing spray. Use the spray only on the padded surfaces. Most people use chalk when handling the equipment, but this can get into hard to reach places.
Look for signs of damage. Faulty equipment can cause accidents or injuries. To avoid that, you need to inspect your gym equipment for signs of wear and tear and damage. If you are not confident with your skills, you can ask for assistance from friends who know what to look for. Have the equipment repaired if you see even small cracks or breaks or bends.
Use a conditioner. After cleaning the equipment, make sure to apply a leather or vinyl conditioner to the padded surface at least once a month. The conditioner will protect the padding from cracking.
Add oil to the tracks. Once a month, you should apply some oil to the weight tracks like the stack slides. But if you use the equipment often, you will need to make sure it’s lubricated properly once every two weeks. Besides the tracks, you will also need to add oil to the fittings as well as equipment used for cardio workouts, but make sure to check the instructions on the manual for using grease.
Lubricate the treadmill. Do not forget to check and lubricate the treadmill, bicycles, and ellipticals as well. Some of the equipment you use have unique requirements than the rest, that is why you should check the manual to make sure that you are using the correct cleaner and how much lubricant to use.
Use a clean cloth on other surfaces. You should use only a clean, dry cloth on the other surfaces. You can wipe the equipment once a week before using or once every two weeks if you don’t exercise often.
Apply a silicone-based spray. You can also use a silicone-based spray cleaner on your equipment if you want to make sure they are extra clean. But you need to wipe off the excess with a clean, dry cloth.
Do a system check. For more equipment, they usually come with software that keep you updated on your progress. Read the manual to determine how to keep the software functioning properly through updates.
Invest in trusted brands. Buy the best equipment that you can afford to ensure that you don’t have accidents and injuries while working out. Quality equipment are also easier to maintain and last longer than substandard materials.