Proper maintenance of your fitness equipment is crucial to the longevity of your investment as well as the safety your gym members. Regular maintenance can increase the life and usage of your equipment by prolonging major breakages and wear and tear. In addition to regularly cleaning and maintaining equipment, the functionality of all the mechanics and electronics should be consistently checked.

Key points:
– Always keep a repair kit handy in your home or commercial fitness facility
– Be familiar with specific manufacturer’s guidelines and maintenance instructions
– Always use surge protectors.
– Use replacement parts from manufacturer.
– Always check for dirt and dust in the machine and the crevices to avoid heat friction.
While wear and tear on equipment is inevitable; simple cleaning and maintenance routines can prolong that process. Over time, factors such as weather (i.e. humidity) and perspiration can break down frames and other crucial parts of equipment. Sweat is a big culprit to cosmetic wear because sweat contains harsh salts that can eventually eat through paints and metals, leading to corrosion and rust.

Upholstery Maintenance
– Keep gym wipes by machines at all times and encourage users to thoroughly wipe and dry off equipment after use
– For minor or light stains use a mixture of mild dish soap and water, and buff with a clean, white towel (90/10 water to soap ratio). Always be sure to thoroughly dry off all equipment after cleaning to prevent water damage to equipment. Use clean cloths instead of paper towels when possible.
– For moderate to difficult stains, follow the same procedure as mild stains; but instead of using dish soap use a bleach and water solution to buff out stains. The ratio should always be 90% water to 10% cleaning solution. When using a bleach solution, use a damp cloth to wipe off any bleach residue that may have been left behind from buffing, and then thoroughly dry the upholstery. It is crucial to be thorough when removing and cleaning up bleach product because any leftover residue can stain the upholstery over time.
– To improve overall luster of upholstery, a mild furniture spray wax can be applied and set for up to 30seconds, and then buffed off with a clean, white towel. Be sure the upholstery is completely dry after removal.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind:
– Always spot test cleaning products in an inconspicuous area before beginning any cleaning or maintenance process.
– Avoid using paper towels whenever possible.
– Recommended cleaning solutions: 409, Top Job, Joy, Palmolive and Windex with Ammonia D.

Frame Maintenance
Metal Frames
Keeping frames clean and dry is an absolute must for increasing the longevity of any piece of equipment; especially when it comes to the metal and chrome parts. To ensure maximum life for your equipment always be sure to store machines in the driest areas possible. Areas near saunas or steam rooms, pools, spas and other areas of increased humidity should be avoided when planning your gym layout. In addition to humidity causing corrosion, chlorine and bromine can also corrode metal; so pool areas should be avoided at all costs.
– As a rule of thumb, abrasive cleaners should never be used on any parts of the equipment as they can cause scratching or further aggravate existing scratches or tears.
– To fill mild scratches you can use a mild automotive polish with a clean cloth and buff the area thoroughly.
– A layer of automotive wax; especially in nooks and crannies can help lock out moisture and prevent corrosion for longer.
– Recommendations for Polish: Johnson’s Paste Wax, Mirror Glaze #10 Plastic Polish and Novus Plastic Polish #1 and #2.
– In cases of severe scratching or rusting you can contact the service department for the manufacturer to order matching paint and paint over the scratches.
Chrome Frames
– When cleaning and maintaining chrome pieces, always use cleaners and polishes that are safe for use on chrome.
– For extra protection on chrome pieces you can seal equipment with car wax
– Other than chrome specific cleaners, all cleaning solutions should be natural cleaners and maintain a PH between 5.5 and 8.5. Always avoid chlorine or acidic bases. Never use anything abrasive.
Selectorized Equipment Maintenance
– -Always check nuts and bolts regularly for tightness, and tighten when necessary.
– Check hand grips for damage and regular wear, replace worn grips often.
– Make sure weight stacks are evenly aligned at all times, and that guide rods are clean and dry always.
– Lubricate guide rods with medium weight automotive oil.
– Avoid using WD-40, Teflon cleaners and synthetic oils because they cause odd odors on equipment.

Belt Maintenance
– All belts should be replaced once per year.
– Belts should be regularly checked for proper tension.
– The wear and tear of the belt should be even along the length of the belt if the unit is functioning properly; if wear and tear is uneven there is improperly functioning component of the machine.
– Peeling of belt skin, waves or distortion in the belt, cracks and splits, fraying and narrowing of less than 1/32” are all signs that the belt needs to be replaced.

Cable Maintenance
– All cables should be replaced yearly.
– Check for proper and even tension along the length of the cables on a regular basis. Wear and tear should be uniform along the length of the cables if the unit is functioning properly.
– Check for bends in the cables in attachment areas.
– Any worn or damaged cables should be replaced immediately.
– Signs that cables need to be replaced: cracks in the outer sheath that expose the wire cable, kinks, curled outer sheath and stretching of cable or sheath.

Treadmill Maintenance
– Make sure motor cover is clean and properly installed at all times.
– Make sure “Stop” button is functioning at all times.
– Move unit and vacuum or sweep flooring underneath the treadmill at least once a month.
– For treadmills with an automatic lubrication system, check and clean wax nozzle monthly.
– Never use cleaning solution on the belts because it impairs the lubrication system.
– Check belt tension every 2 months and inspect bolts for proper tightness.

Elliptical Maintenance
– Clean the area around the alternator every 2-3 months.
– Check that the shaft belt is always centered.

Exercise Bike Maintenance
– Check that the seats, handle bars, wheels and pedals are tightened every month.
– Clean and lubricate pedal shafts monthly.

Steppers
– Tighten pedals regularly.
Freeweight Equipment Maintenance
– Check weight plates regularly for cracks.
– Check bolts and adjustment mechanisms on benches and machines.

Freeweights and Barbells
– Make sure to clean plates and barbells!
– Make sure weight clips are tight, secure and functioning.

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