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5 Treadmill Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Equipment Running Longer

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Are you looking for ways to get the most out of your handy-dandy treadmill? Are you thinking about investing in one, but unsure of how extensive treadmill repair can be? If so, then you need to learn all that you can about treadmill maintenance right away.

Doing so can help you know what you’re in for. Fortunately, you don’t need a lot of technical savvy to take care of it. All you need to do is clean it efficiently.

See below for an in-depth guide on treadmill maintenance tips and what you can do to keep your treadmill running for longer.

1. Clean the Sweat

Make no mistake about it, treadmills are for pushing you to your limits. They’re about bettering yourself by running for a longer period, upping the incline during your workout, and going as far as you can.

If you’re truly trying to better yourself and your endurance, then you’re going to sweat like crazy. Modern-day treadmills are certainly built with the sweaty athlete in mind, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect proper maintenance.

Too many people put in an intense workout and then walk away from the treadmill without wiping it down at all. In doing so, they trap humidity under their treadmill and sabotage the lifespan of their trusty training equipment.

The harder you work out, the more sweat that will drip on your treadmill’s track. Over time, that humidity and salty sweat will continue to build up and cause unwanted side effects such as rusting the key parts of your treadmill and even causing mold to grow.

Thankfully, there’s an easy way to combat this: reduce the humidity. Invest in a few microfiber towels and a light solution of Dawn dish soap and water. Have them stored near your workout area. Once your workout is finished, wipe down the surface of all the equipment you used, this will help lower the humidity and remove the corrosive salt that gets on your treadmill.

2. Contact a Professional for Help

Perhaps your treadmill has started acting up and you aren’t sure why. Maybe you’ve recently purchased or were given, a treadmill that doesn’t work the way it should.

If that’s the case, then you might be looking at an electrical issue. Being a complex machine, your treadmill is filled with many different parts and systems that make it go. Depending on how much/little you know about electrical systems, you may want to leave that repair to someone else.

But where do you turn for help? Who would you call to schedule a repair for your treadmill? That’s when we recommend calling in the treadmill repair professionals. They can help you troubleshoot the issue, and then have the problem fixed in no time at all.

But that’s not the only way we can help! Here at ServiceRX, we can repair all complex training equipment, such as treadmills, exercise bikes, ellipticals, steppers, strength machines, and more!

We’re the perfect answer for both workout gyms and at-home gyms. For those of you who are dealing with reoccurring issues, we can help you fix them once and for all. That way, you can focus on your workout without having your equipment drag you down.

3. Vacuum Every Week

Water might be the number one enemy of your treadmill, but it certainly isn’t the only threat to your gym equipment’s lifespan. Things like dust and dirt can quickly cause your treadmill to malfunction as they build up.

Luckily, there’s an easy way you can prevent this: by vacuuming it. As you walk or run on your treadmill, it will naturally catch things on the bottom of your shoes, such as debris and dirt. Over time, that will wear down the system.

From this day forward, put it on your schedule to vacuum your treadmill once a week. Make sure to fold it up and vacuum the underside as well. The more extensive you are, the longer the lifespan your equipment will have.

After that, you can wipe it down with a microfiber towel dipped in a solution of 1 part dish soap and 3 parts water; just make sure not to soak it. DO NOT SPRAY THE CONSOLE DIRECTLY! Spay the towel then wipe the console.

4. Lubricate On a Schedule

It probably comes as no surprise that most treadmill owners don’t take the time to lubricate their treadmill, but that’s where you can help yours thrive!

Lubrication protects your treadmill from wear and tear. By applying lubrication under the walking belt where you run/walk, the entire system will experience less friction from the belt and operate easily.

Make that you apply the lubrication under the belt. Placing it on top of the walking belt will make it dangerous to use and defeats the purpose of applying it at all.

We recommend for residential use that you lubricate every 6 months. Commercial facilities need to contact a service provider for a better understanding of the facility’s needs. 

5. Keep Your Eyes Open

Half the battle in proper treadmill care is just staying alert for possible signs of a setback. If you know what the problem is, then you simply contact a professional to fix it.

Don’t neglect your treadmill. If you notice that something seems off or that it’s lagging a bit more than usual, contact a professional to come to take a look.

If you aren’t going to repair it for the sake of fixing your treadmill, then do it for the sake of your safety. A treadmill that isn’t working properly can lead to severe injury for you or your loved ones.

Schedule Proper Treadmill Maintenance Today

Now that you have seen an in-depth guide on how to perform proper treadmill maintenance, be sure to use this information to your advantage.

Take the time to read this article for more information on what to know when hiring a treadmill repair service. To get started, please contact us directly at 888-383-6371 and we will be happy to assist you further.

ServiceRX is proud to now be offering daily fitness equipment repair service in Atlanta Georgia.