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How to Clean Gym Equipment After Use?

If you want to maintain your gym hygiene and prevent the spread of germs, you should clean your equipment regularly. It will also prolong its lifespan. In this guide, you can learn more about best cleaning practices for  various types of gym equipment.

What to Clean Gym Equipment With?

Opting for the right cleaning product is super important if you want to avoid damaging the equipment and be sure it is disinfected properly. There are several products we strongly recommend – disinfectant wipes, spray bottles with disinfectant solution, microfiber cloths, all-purpose cleaners and disposable gloves. Let’s briefly explain the benefits of each product.

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Disinfectant wipes are convenient for quick wipes and effective in killing germs. Spray bottle with disinfectant solution is ideal for larger areas and hard-to-reach surfaces. Microfiber cloths are gentle on surfaces and highly absorbent. All-purpose cleaner is suitable for various surfaces with antibacterial properties. Disposable gloves will protect hands from germs and cleaning chemicals.

How to Clean Home Gym Equipment?

Home gym equipment, like commercial gym equipment, requires regular cleaning to prevent the buildup of sweat, dirt, and bacteria. Clean all parts of the equipment with a disinfectant spray and a microfiber cloth. This deep cleaning should include handles, seats and touch screens. Allow the equipment to air dry completely before the next use. Remember to check for any signs of wear and tear, and clean any neglected areas like under equipment or behind weights​. For a perfectly clean gym without any effort, consider using our commercial cleaning services.

When cleaning your gym towels, you might wonder if they can be washed with sheets, so check out our detailed guide on washing towels with sheets for more information.

How Often Should You Clean Home Gym Equipment?

Clean equipment immediately after each workout to remove sweat and bacteria and perform a thorough cleaning at the end of each day. Deep clean the entire home gym every week, paying extra attention to high-touch areas. Each month, you should inspect and clean less frequently used areas and equipment parts​. If you don’t have enough free time for deep cleaning sessions, consider hiring our professionals.

How to Clean Metal Gym Equipment?

Metal gym equipment, including barbells and dumbbells, requires specific care to avoid rust and maintain cleanliness. The first step is removing dust and loose debris. The best cleaning solution is a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap. For tougher grime, a solution of 70% isopropyl alcohol can be used. Remove dirt from grooves in knurled handles by using a nylon brush. Immediately dry the equipment with a clean cloth to prevent rust.

How to Clean Rusty Gym Equipment?

If the rust occurs, use a commercial rust remover or a mixture of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the rusted areas and scrub with a brush, then clean the equipment with a disinfectant solution. To protect the metal from future rusting, apply a light coat of oil.

How to Clean Weights?

Weights, whether rubber-coated or metal, can easily accumulate dirt and germs. The great news is that there is a solution which cleanses them effectively and quickly, just mix two drops of dish soap with two quarts of water. Use a microfiber cloth to clean the weights. For knurled handles, use a nylon brush. When you are done, wipe away soap residue with a damp cloth. Dry immediately to prevent rust on metal weights​.

How to Clean Kegel Weights?

Kegel weights are inserted into the vagina to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles through Kegel exercises, so it is extremely important to keep them hygienic and disinfected. Clean them regularly with mild soap and warm water and use a medical-grade disinfectant if needed. Ensure the weights are completely dry before storage to prevent bacterial growth.

How to Clean Rubber Weights?

Start with removing loose dirt and debris when cleaning rubber weights. Make a solution of water and a small amount of dish soap and wipe down the weights with a microfiber cloth. Allow the weights to air dry completely​.