What can you use to lubricate a treadmill?
Walking, jogging, and running on a treadmill are all activities that are quite fun. But, when it comes time to give your treadmill a little bit of tender loving care, where do you start.
The truth is that not very many people know where to start and we are here to help. Looking after your treadmill is incredibly important and failing to lubricate your treadmill belt is disastrous.
Do you really want to run the risk of having any parts of your treadmill prematurely wearing out?
Why is lubricating a treadmill important?
Lubricating a treadmill is important because it ensures that the vital parts of your treadmill are kept in working order. This includes the deck of your treadmill, the belt, the motor, and the motor controller. All of these parts have the potential to wear out quickly if you do not give your treadmill the attention and lubrication that it needs.
We believe that you should make sure that you are lubricating your treadmill on a six-monthly basis, or, you should at least make sure that you are lubricating it every 150 miles. This means that a treadmill that is used more will also need to be lubricated more.
If you begin to notice that your treadmill is starting to get loud and noisy, then you should try to lubricate it before doing anything else. Most of the time, this simple task will completely fix the problem. The same applies if you find that you need to reduce the amount of friction between the belt that you run on and the deck of the treadmill itself.
It is worth noting that it does not take very long to lubricate a treadmill and it is also quite an inexpensive thing to do. You should not avoid lubricating your treadmill, you should also make sure that you do not put it off until it is too late. If one of your parts does fail because you haven’t lubricated your treadmill, then it could potentially be quite expensive to replace.
Remember, lubrication is something that works by reducing the amount of friction between the belt on your treadmill and the motor itself.
This reduction can extend the life of your treadmill. It can also help to prepare your treadmill for going into storage, ensuring that it will still work perfectly when you take it out again. Buying a new treadmill belt is quite expensive, but the tools that you need to lubricate a treadmill are not.
How do you lubricate a treadmill?
Lubricating a treadmill is an easy task, once you know how to that is. It can be a little bit difficult to work out what to do and where to start if it is your first-time. We would advise that you follow these simple steps:
- Start by making sure that your treadmill is both turned off and unplugged from the wall. Take a screwdriver and loosen all of the screws on the sides of your treadmill
- Gently and carefully lift the treadmill belt. Make sure that you are lifting it from both sides and not just attempting to lift it from one. You should be able to see the surface of the treadmill deck and peak through to the other side, this is how you will know that you have lifted it enough
- Depending on the lubricant that you are using, you will need to either spray or squirt it onto the sides of the treadmill deck. Be careful while you are doing this and try to make sure that you do not get any on the floor. You should wipe any excess away with a cloth. Please note that it is easier to wipe the lubricant away if there is a little bit of rubbing alcohol on your cloth
- Once you have finished applying your chosen lubricant, you need to gently lower the belt back down onto the deck of the treadmill. You then need to tighten all of the screws that you unscrewed in step one, making sure that they are nice and secure
- You have lubricated your treadmill, but you now need to walk on your treadmill at a low speed for just a few minutes. This spreads the lubricant that is already underneath the belt
It is worth noting that many manufacturers recommend that you apply some sort of silicone lubricant before you use your treadmill because of the way treadmills are stored. The manufacturer will lubricate the treadmill in the factory, but the treadmill could then sit in storage for a long-time before it is bought.
What can you use as a lubricant?
We would always advise that you use either a silicone spray, oil, or gel. You need to make sure that the product that you are using is 100% silicone with no added materials. You also need to make sure that any excess lubricant is wiped away because it can be slippery and dangerous, especially when you are running at high speeds.
In our opinion, silicone spray is the easiest to handle for beginners because it does not make too much of a mess. Wax sticks can also be a good option, but if you do use a wax stick, you will need to make sure that the treadmill deck is warm before you begin the lubrication process. This can be done by walking on it for around 20 minutes first.
Lubricating a treadmill is a process that is inexpensive, easy, and quick. When you consider the fact that parts of your treadmill can be quite expensive to replace, you will be able to see just how vital the lubrication process really is. Just follow our five-step guide once every six months and your treadmill will really live up to your expectations.