Monday 23 April 2018

Treadmill: care and maintenance

Having a treadmill at home allows you to avoid going to the gym. It's also more convenient because you do not have to move, wait for your turn to use it, or worry about staying on the machine for too long leaving no room for others. However, when you have a treadmill at home, you need to take care of it, in order to keep it functioning effectively. Below are several tips to keep your treadmill in the best possible shape.
Cleaning and maintenance
Cleaning and maintenance of the domestic treadmill is not a fun job. However, even if you have one of the best treadmills, it will not work properly if you do not take care of it. Household treadmills are expensive, especially if they are of good quality, and workouts put a great deal of stress on the components of the machine. If you do not spend at least a minimum time taking care of it, the treadmill will break and you will find yourself looking for a new one or you will have to face the costs of the repair.
Cleaning the Treadmill
One of the most common causes of premature deck and belt wear is the accumulation of dirt and debris. For this reason, even the best home treadmill needs regular cleaning. If you have a treadmill, you should clean the deck and belt at least once a month. You should also clean the areas on both sides of the belt, as well as the exposed areas of the deck. Also clean the other parts of the machine with a damp cloth or sponge each week, and clean / vacuum the treadmill motor area at least three times a year. When cleaning the motor, follow the instructions in the user manual.
After cleaning between the deck and the belt, it is always necessary to lubricate the belt. Use proper and specific lubricant, like the ones you can buy on
Lubrication of the treadmill
Some treadmills may have self-lubricating systems or be pre-lubricated. Nevertheless, this does not last forever and after some time it is necessary to start regular maintenance including lubrication. Follow the instructions described in the user manual or those on our blog. Remember that even in case of irregular use, after a few years (6/8 depending on the treadmill) it is advisable to replace the running belt, especially if it is not lubricated regularly, as it hardens and loses some of its elastic properties, becoming stiffer and generating more friction with the deck.
Belt alignment
Even the best treadmills for the home may require alignment of the belt from time to time, especially if the user uses the treadmill by walking slightly crooked or if the treadmill is not perfectly levelled on the floor. The belt should be straight along the center of the deck at a similar distance from one side to the other. If it does not follow this path and tends to go near the edges, it must be re-aligned by adjusting the bolts on each side of the back of the machine. Make small adjustments and check your progress by following the step by step instructions that we have indicated on our blog. If there are problems with alignment, consult the user manual or our blog.
Maintenance and belt tension
Most good treadmills are properly adjusted at the factory. However, if you use the treadmill a lot, the belt may become loose. If it is too loose it will start slipping, which causes an unpleasant situation for the user. But be careful when adjusting the tape: if it is too tight, it will cause damage to the motor and rollers. The tension of the belt should always be sufficient to prevent it from slipping. To determine if the treadmill is slipping, move the treadmill to a slow pace and press the foot down and forward vigorously. If the belt slips, it is necessary to tighten the bolts. Follow the instructions on our blog for more tips.
Replacement of the belt
Whether you have purchased a large and expensive home treadmill or a cheaper model, the belt will eventually wear out. You should check the belt for signs of wear at least once every three months. To check for wear, rest your hand along the bottom of it. If the carpet is worn out, it changes color (becomes darker) or the lower white texture is damaged, it must be replaced. If you continue to use a belt that needs to be replaced, the belt friction will quickly cause damage to the motor or control board, which are very expensive components. It will also cause an increase in energy consumption every time you use the tool. Replacing the belt regularly will increase the life of your tool in a very sensitive way. When replacing the belt remember to buy a low-friction belt and a recent one so as to be sure to buy a quality product. Low friction belts are available on
Protection of the electrical system
Most home treadmills manufactured today use electronic consoles controlled by computers and a sophisticated motor control system. Just like a desktop computer, the electronics on board the treadmill can be damaged by power surges. To protect the machine from damage, connect it to an outlet that is properly grounded. If possible, use a dedicated circuit for your treadmill. Avoid using multi plugs or similar.

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