Everything needs maintenance and care to sustain. Maintenance holds importance in our daily life. Just like you take care of your body on a regular basis, it is important to take care of the exercising equipments that you have in your home. The maintenance will not only increase their life but you will also be able to enjoy their fitness benefits for long.
Treadmills have become an important part of the fitness regime in many of the households. If you are also a proud owner of a tread machine, you must own a good maintenance plan. A general treadmill care regime includes cleaning and lubricating. Of them, lubrication forms the most important job.
With time and regular usage, dirt accumulates in the parts of a machine. This accumulation reduces the efficiency of the machine. Besides this, heavy usage increases the friction in the parts of a treadmill. And this friction, if uncontrolled, leads to the wear and tear of the belt. Therefore, treadmill belt needs regular and proper lubrication. Proper cleaning and lubrication reduces the over all degeneration of the treadmill belt and other parts and makes it life-long running.
A treadmill belt predominantly revolves around the rollers and the deck of the treadmill. This movement creates friction and also produces heat. When you use the belt, while running or walking, the wear and tear increases further.
There is one important point to note here. Not all the treadmill belts require lubrication. There are treadmills that have an in-built lubrication system in them. These treadmills are known as ‘self-lubricating’ treadmills. But there are still others, which need external lubrication.
The next important thing in the line is to have information about the types of treadmill lubrications that are available in the market. Plus, you should also know which will suit your machine the best.
The lubricants that you will find in the market are generally made up of two materials- wax or silicon. They are made from a non-petroleum base.
The best advice on the type of lubricant to use is offered by the treadmill manufacturer at the time of purchase. This treadmill manual or guide will feature all the information about the types of lubricant that you can use on your machine.
It is very important to use the most suitable lubricant as any wrong pick can degrade the working of the belt, and over all machine. Similarly, excessive lubrication is also not good.
Maintenance kits for your treadmills are easily available on any good online store and retail sports outlets. So, make sure that you are lubricating your treadmill properly.
And finally a word about the frequency of lubrication. For walkers, lubrication is required once every year and for the serious runners twice a year.
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