Treadmill Maintenance 101: Keeping Your Machine Running Smoothly

Treadmills are a popular piece of exercise equipment that can help you stay fit and healthy. However, like any machine, they require regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of treadmill maintenance and provide valuable tips on cleaning, lubrication, safety checks, calibration and more.

Cleaning your Treadmill

Cleaning your treadmill is an essential part of its maintenance routine. Dirt and dust can accumulate in the motor compartment or under the belt over time which may cause damage to the machine if not cleaned regularly. To clean your treadmill properly follow these steps:

– Turn off and unplug your machine from the power source.

– Use a soft cloth or sponge with a mild soap solution (water + detergent) to wipe down all surfaces including handles, console display screen etc.

– Pay attention to areas where dust accumulates such as under the hood cover or around buttons.

– Clean underneath the belt using a vacuum cleaner or brush attachment

– Wipe down all parts with a dry cloth after cleaning.

Lubricating Your Treadmill

Lubrication is another important aspect of maintaining your treadmill’s longevity. The friction between the walking belt and deck can cause wear-and-tear over time which may lead to costly repairs if left unchecked. Here are some tips for lubricating your treadmill:

– Check manufacturer’s instructions for recommended type of lubricant. The most often recommended option is to use a 100% silicone lubricant. Some brands include a bottle with the treadmill and some sell their own. An example we recommend is the Spot On or Action Fitness

– Apply lubricant according to manufacturer’s recommendations (usually every three months).

– Apply a small amount of lubricant on the centre of the deck under the belt.

– You can also use an applicator wand to make sure the lubricant spreads. An example of this is from TreadLife Fitness

– Turn on your machine and let it run at a slow speed (around 2 mph) for about five minutes to distribute the lube evenly across the belt.

– Do not use too much oil as it could create excess slipperiness leading to accidents while exercising.

Safety Checks

Safety should always be a top priority when using any exercise equipment, especially treadmills, where there is a potential risk for injury due to high speeds involved during workouts. Regular safety checks ensure that everything is working correctly so you can enjoy safe workouts without worrying about malfunctions or breakdowns mid-workout.

– Check the walking belt tension to ensure it is not too loose or tight.

– Test emergency stop button to make sure it works.

– Check the condition of belts – Look for cracks or fraying edges; replace them if necessary.

–  Check for tightness – Make sure all screws/bolts are tight enough, but not too tight as they can strip out threads.

– Check all electrical connections – Check cords/plugs for damage; replace them if necessary.


Calibration involves adjusting your treadmill’s settings so that they match your fitness level. This ensures accurate tracking of distance, speed, incline etc. during workouts which can help you achieve your fitness goals more effectively.

– Follow manufacturer’s instructions for calibration process.

– Start by turning off and unplugging your machine from the power source.

– Locate calibration screws/bolts underneath console/display panel. These will adjust tension on drive belts/motor pulleys depending on model type.

– Use an Allen wrench or screwdriver to turn each bolt/screw clockwise until they’re tight enough but not too tight that they strip out threads.

– Plug in/power up again, then test speeds/incline levels using manual mode first before switching back into programmed workouts.

– Use a heart rate monitor to check if readings on console display screen are accurate.

– Make adjustments as necessary until everything matches up correctly.

Final thoughts

Treadmill maintenance is an essential part of keeping your machine running smoothly and safely. Always make sure to check your manufacturer’s manual, as details will change for each treadmill. Regular cleaning, lubrication, safety checks and calibration will help extend its lifespan while providing you with safe and effective workouts every time you use it. By following the tips given here, you can keep your treadmill in top condition for years to come!

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