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How to Clean a Treadmill Belt

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author image Robin Hewitt
Robin Hewitt began her writing career in 2008. She is the coauthor of several books, including "The Joyous Gift of Grandparenting," which covers the nutritional and fitness needs of both grandchildren and grandparents.
How to Clean a Treadmill Belt
Feet on a treadmill Photo Credit OlegPhotoR/iStock/Getty Images

A treadmill can be an expensive investment in your fitness routine, one that will last for years if properly maintained. While it’s important to locate your treadmill on a mat and follow the maintenance schedule for the mechanical and electrical parts, owners often forget to clean the treadmill belt. This can lead to a shorter life for your machine, or a costly replacement for your wallet. Add a weekly belt cleaning routine to your workout, and you will get a higher return on your investment.

Step 1

Unplug the unit from the electrical source before you begin.

Step 2

Remove any accumulated dust from the belt, using an anti-static duster. Remember to dust any accessible areas around and beneath the belt to avoid dust buildup.

Step 3

Wipe down the belt, using a slightly dampened cloth and taking care not to drip any water onto the belt. Rotate the belt by hand to reach the entire tread surface.

Step 4

Dry the treadmill belt with a paper towel, again moving the belt to insure all areas are dry.

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