Having a home gym is great. They’re cost-efficient and convenient, but only if we look after them. That’s why it’s essential to clean and maintain your home gym equipment in the right way to help keep it working, keep it safe and get as much out of it as possible.
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Keep It Clean
Keeping your home gym equipment clean is the first and most important thing to make sure you’re doing regularly. Even if you’re only using the equipment once a week, you’ll still be getting sweaty so cleaning it down as you would in the gym is essential.
Wipe It Down
The first and best way to keep your home gym clean is to have some anti-bacterial wipes or anti-bac spray to hand. Then, once you’ve finished your workout, give everything a wipe-down to clean off the sweat and any germs. That way, it’s fresh for the next time or even the next person to use it.
Wiping down regularly will also help prevent dust build-up, meaning a deep clean every month is a little easier. Just be careful around any electrics, as these can easily either become damaged or loose, making it difficult to get started next time you’re in there.
Whether you keep towels in your home gym or take one with you every time you workout, these need to be kept fresh. Much like your home gym equipment, your towels will get sweaty and hold germs, especially if they sit somewhere waiting for your next workout. So if you use the same one multiple times, they’re going to become smelly as well as a home for germs that could make you ill.
Fresh towels for every workout are best here, or a pile of clean ones in your home gym. That way, you can use one at a time and then wash them all in one go at the end of the week.
A fortnightly or monthly deep clean will be vital to keep your home gym equipment clean. By deep cleaning regularly, your preventing things like rust and wear and tear, meaning your equipment will last longer, and you’ll get more for your money.
A deep clean will require the following:
- Give everywhere a dust
- Wipe down pieces such as exercise bikes and multigyms with anti-bac wipes or bleach-free soapy water
- Clean any fitness or yoga mats with soapy water (do not saturate the material)
- Inspect all equipment for damage or wear and tear
- Clean the floor
- Carpet – hoover thoroughly and clean twice a year
- Rubber matting or flooring – Sweep thoroughly, hoover, and then mop
- Hard floors (laminate, tile etc.) – Sweep or hoover and then mop
- Wash all gym clothes and towels
- Use a deodorising spray for the room to clear any bad smells
Ways To Keep It Working
Keeping your home gym equipment working is vital to keeping fit and not losing money on something that breaks quickly. Most home gym equipment comes with warranties, so anything that breaks can often be fixed or repaired, so be sure to keep hold of all papers when you buy fitness equipment.
To keep things working as they should, regular equipment inspections should be carried out to ensure nothing will stop working or break mid-use.
Be sure to check regularly:
- The wiring on any electronic machines for damage or faults
- Any cables on multigyms and Smith Machines for tears or fraying
- Possible rusting on any metal
- Important safety areas like seats and sections connected to weights for damage or wear and tear
- Console batteries and buttons on cardio machines to make sure they work and there’s no corrosion
- Use cloths to add lubricants such as WD40 to any stiff or squeaky areas to keep the machines moving
All of these things are great to check regularly as often the sooner you see the damage, the sooner you can deal with it. In addition, most fitness equipment retailers provide warranties that cover replacements or spare parts, so you can fix these little issues as soon as possible.
Do all of these things regularly, and not only will you remain safe and healthy whilst working out, but you’ll also ensure your equipment lasts a long time, saving you not only money but also time in the long run.
Before beginning any exercise or nutrition program, consult your physician, doctor or other professional. This is especially important for individuals over the age of 35 or persons with pre-existing health problems. Exercise.co.uk assumes no responsibility for personal injury or property damage sustained using our advice.
If you experience dizziness, nausea, chest pain, or any other abnormal symptoms, stop the workout at once and consult a physician or doctor immediately.