A good treadmill can cost you a small fortune. It is important to go for the treadmill that does not need a lot of maintenance. If you spend few minutes to maintain your treadmill every month, you can make the life of your machine much longer. Here are few tips to maintain your treadmill equipment.
Dirt and dust- There is electronic panel on the treadmill which can be affected by the dirt and dust. Once a week, dust your treadmill with a dry cloth from the belt and area under the belt. For the electronic board, use the moist cloth and ensure that the cloth is just moist and not dripping wet.
Sweat- Every time you finish your workout, take a dry towel and wipe away the sweat from the treadmill. The sweat has acidic properties that can harm the belt of your treadmill equipment. It can make the belt slippery and it can be risky for the person who will be using the treadmill after you.
Belt maintenance- After using the treadmill initially for few days, it tends to expand or start to slip. All you need to do is tighten the screws which are located at the back of the treadmill. Be careful not to tighten the screws too much.
Your equipment may look fine to you but there might be some little problems inside because of not being handled properly and not being taken care of. It does not matter much how often you use your treadmill. The deteriorating quality of your machine can be very risky for you.
It is a good idea to cover your treadmill after you are done with your workout. I may seem trivial, but it can be of a great importance. It will save the treadmill from dust and sunlight. It will not only maintain the quality of treadmill, but at the same time the aesthetic beauty is also preserved.
Taking care of the treadmill is not as time consuming as you might think. Read the information thoroughly before you apply any product on the machine. And if you have doubts, call the manufacturer.
Many manufacturers sell the maintenance packs with the treadmills. It is a good investment.
Treadmills need to be lubricated. Most decks are pre lubricated. There should be lowest possible friction between belt and the running deck. It prolongs the life of the belt, deck and belt motor. Check the lubrication of the treadmill once in a year. If there are any jerky movements, check for the lubrication. Before you lubricate the treadmill, make sure that it is completely at rest. Life the running belt and feel the deck. If the deck feels dry, lubricate the running deck accordingly.
Make sure the belt is properly aligned. The belt runs in the center of the running area.
Do not use any soaps or solvents for cleaning your treadmill. Vaccum under and around the treadmill often. It prevents dust and debris from getting into the equipment. Dust between the deck and the belt.
Placement of your treadmill can decide its life. The treadmill must be kept on a level and sturdy ground. Belt and motor can be affected if the ground is not even. It is a good idea to place the treadmill on the mat. The mat also provides a soft cushion for the treadmill. Mat also protect the floor and reduces the impact. Many treadmills have adjustable feet so that you can adjust them to level the equipment on the ground.
Maintain your treadmill regularly and if anything seems damaged, contact the manufacturer immediately. If you feel any kind of problem with the treadmill, avoid using it unless it has been taken care of. Most of the maintenance of treadmill is universal. Still, read the manual as maintenance for each model varies slightly. The manual provides the entire maintenance schedule recommended for your treadmill. Proper maintenance of the treadmill is a key to long-lasting and trouble free equipment.
Keeping the belt aligned and deck lubricated will give you several more years of enjoyment and fewer headaches. Aim for once a month for these tasks.