How to Clean a Treadmill Belt

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.

Feet on a treadmill (Image: OlegPhotoR/iStock/Getty Images)

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Anti-static duster

  • Lint-free cloth

  • Paper towel

Tip

Always keep a separate pair of shoes for treadmill use only.

Warning

Never use any kind of cleaning product on your treadmill belt.

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