Whether you already own a treadmill desk or you are about to buy one, it’s a good idea to understand how to clean a treadmill belt.
Why Clean a Treadmill Belt?
Dirt and dust can cause friction on the walking belt surface which can then lead to future maintenance issues. The key is to prevent them before they start!
Cleaning a treadmill belt is actually a simple and inexpensive procedure. However, it can significantly extend the life of your machine. In addition, it can help it operate optimally and prevent future dirt-accumulation problems.
Here is a quick video explaining how to remove dirt and dust from your treadmill belt BEFORE you apply treadmill lubricant. This is an important step that many people miss. You don’t want to use the lubricant on a dirty belt. That will just compound the problem.
Keeping your treadmill belt clean and properly lubricated can save you a bunch of money, hassles and downtime in the future. It’s a good idea to calendar regular cleanings throughout the year. These can literally take minutes and help you avoid having to call a technician for an expensive repair job down the road.
How to Lubricate a Treadmill Belt
First of all, you don’t want want to use regular cleaning products to lubricate your treadmill belt. Second, some professionals also recommend not using regular lubricant either because it is not designed to withstand the heat that can be generated on a treadmill.
I think it’s best to stick with a lubricant designed specifically for treadmills. However, if you only walk on your machine and do so for short periods of time, your equipment may not generate that much heat.
In the following video, LifeSpan Fitness demonstrates how to apply both oil and spray lubricants to the track of your machine.
LifeSpan recommends manually rotating the belt while applying the lubricant and then running the machine for about 3 minutes at 3mph after application. This way, the solution will get evenly distributed.
What is the Best Treadmill Belt Lubricant to Use?
What kind of lubricant should you buy for a desk treadmill? 100% silicone. Ideally, you want to use a product recommended by your machine’s manufacturer. That said, here is a list of some high-quality lubricants that work well:
- Lifespan Silicone Treadmill Lubricant This is 100% silicone with no propellants and no distillates.
- Spot On Treadmill Belt Lubricant 100% silicone. The special application tube allows you to lubricate without having to loosen the belt. This is super convenient and saves time.
Lastly, you may want to consider getting a treadmill mat to place underneath your machine. If your equipment is sitting on a carpet, a mat can prevent lots of debris from your rug from getting into the belt area.