If you plan on keeping your treadmill for a while, general cleaning and maintenance is required. Luckily, maintaining your treadmill can be easy, as long as you regularly assess your equipment.
In this guide, we’ve listed four upkeeping tips that will keep your treadmill running well.
REST YOUR MOTOR
If you are running so that belt in your wardrobe can fit, you may need to give the running belt on your treadmill a break. The treadmill belt is constantly in motion, and that can be a heavy mechanical task for any motor. We recommend powering your treadmill off for at least 10 minutes for every 2 hours of use to prolong the life of your motor.
MAINTAIN YOUR RUNNING DECK
Even if you don’t plan on overusing your motor, it still needs to be rested. Simply running on your treadmill’s motor without regular rest can cause failure and could be dangerous to your wellbeing.
After every workout, wipe down your running belt with a damp cloth to remove any dust or sweat that could have accumulated during the course of your workout. This will prevent any sticky residue from coming in contact with any of the treadmill’s movable parts.
Make sure that your belt is aligned properly on your treadmill. Unaligned belts can be subject to uneven wear and even tearing if they rub against the frame of your treadmill improperly. Treadmills can have unique alignment adjustment processes, so it’s best to refer to your user manual on how maintain proper alignment. However, many treadmills have adjustments that can easily be modified with an Allen wrench. You can make alignment adjustments by turning your Allen wrench clockwise and counter-clockwise to get your desired adjustment.
LUBRICATE YOUR TREADMILL
Properly lubricating the running deck is necessary to prevent treadmill failure. Treadmills are designed to support movable parts. But constant movement can cause unnecessary friction, which can damage parts.
Most treadmills require to be lubricated every six months or 150 miles, whichever comes first.
You can lubricate your treadmill by raising the running belt on one side and wiping the exposed portion of the running deck with cloth and applied lubricant. Silicone-based sprays often work as the best lubricant for treadmill.
CLEAN YOUR AREA
One of the easiest maintenance tips is something that hardly involves your treadmill: cleaning the surrounding area. Watch for humidity, dust, or anything that can easily be lodged into the treadmill, especially underneath the equipment. Vacuum frequently around the treadmill to prevent dust accumulation.
Keep the frame of the treadmill clean. You’ll want to use a cleaning solution that will not only reduce the spread of harmful bacteria, but also prevent the metal from becoming contaminated.
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