Treadmill Care and Maintenance

As with any product, the integrity of your treadmill will begin to deteriorate over time. Treadmills that experience daily use or extreme wear and tear will likely deteriorate more quickly and will require more regular maintenance. Practicing proper treadmill care and maintenance regularly will ensure your equipment maintains its integrity and continues to function properly for many years to come.


When it comes to proper treadmill care and maintenance, cleanliness is of the highest importance. Dust can have a big impact on the integrity of the machine and can quickly clog the treadmill motor. Vacuuming the area around and underneath the treadmill at least once a week will help reduce the amount of dust buildup in the space and the machine. Pay special attention to the area at the rear of the machine, as any debris from your shoes will slide off the walking belt and accumulate here. Sweat can also have a large impact on the performance of your treadmill. Be sure to wipe down the treadmill after each use, regardless of duration or intensity, as this will help reduce the risk of moisture build-up on the machine. As a bonus, wiping down the machine after each use will also help reduce the growth of bacteria and the potential of contracting an illness.

Belt care

The belt is one of the most important parts of a treadmill, but it’s also the part that will likely deteriorate quickest. Clear the belt area of dust and dirt and assess the walking belt for noticeable signs of wear or damage at least once a week. Then, adjust the tension and alignment of the walking belt. Improper belt alignment and tension will not only cause damage to the machine, but it can also affect the way you exercise and may even lead to injury. After adjusting the alignment, be sure to lubricate the treadmill belt to ensure everything moves smoothly and correctly. Some treadmills are self-lubricating but for those that aren’t, a treadmill lubricating stick or spray silicon will work well.

Motor maintenance

Motor maintenance may seem daunting at first but it’s actually quite easy. Start by simply removing the motor cover, which generally resides at the front of the treadmill base. From there you will be able to remove any dust, debris, or hair that may clog up the inner mechanics of the machine. A treadmill bogged down with hair and dust will not run as quickly and deteriorate. Additionally, excess hair in the treadmill motor may lead to a small fire or short in the machine’s electrical system.

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