Your Little Guide to: Cleaning Exercise Equipment

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Written by Isabella Bazzara

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Keeping in shape is a consistent task which leaves much of the equipment we use in poor shape unless we take care of it. If you visit a local gym you wouldn’t be surprised to find that the equipment is cleaned by the staff there as the dirt collected by these machines can easily spread germs. The seats, handles and displays can be a perfect location for a thriving colony of them. Without proper maintenance and cleaning your equipment will have a shorter lifespan. Therefore, setting up a cleaning routine will help you in the long run.

Here are some tips on what you can do to be efficient at cleaning them.

There are a number of antibacterial cleaners out there who are capable of killing flu and cold germs with great efficiency. When you use one of them make sure you’re looking for a cleaning solution which offers a degreaser contained in it as well. This will help break down the leftover grease from the pulleys and other moving parts of the equipment in question. Before you buy any of them read the ingredients to make sure you’re getting what you need. Natural alternatives also exist with more eco-friendly products becoming popular lately; you can also use vinegar to break down the grease and to help sanitize the surfaces if nothing else is on hand.

It is a good idea to setup some kind of cleaning schedule so you won’t have to deal with a big mess every time things get out of hand. Overall you will need to disinfect the equipment on a regular basis to keep the germs away, however once every month or so it will be a good idea to use soapy water to clean the leather and upholstery. This will help you keep the seats from tearing and damaging. On the other hand you will need to clean the moving parts of the equipment every month or so as well as re-lubricate some parts. If you leave it unattended for a long time the grease on the parts can become insufficient which leads to the pesky squeaking noises that ruin the fun of a training routine.

If you’re visiting a gym some places ask that you clean the equipment after yourself, though that is not always the case. Antibacterial wipes are a good thing to have on you just in case if you loathe the idea of dealing with someone’s mess before you start exercising. If your equipment is at home and you have the space, all of these cleaning routines should be executed less often depending on how many people use them around your home. Another good thing to remember is to keep yoga mats and exercise mats clean at all times. Antibacterial spray is a good way to sanitize them and keep them clean.

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Isabella Bazzara

Isabella is the founder of My Fit Station. Her mission is to spread a healthy, balanced and FUN approach to mind/body health & fitness, one that encourages growth, empowerment and a lavish dose of self-loving!
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