How to Clean a Treadmill

How to Clean a Treadmill

How to Clean a Treadmill with Matguard USA

There's an unspoken bond between a runner and their treadmill. It's the kind of relationship that's built on sweat, persistence, and the shared goal of wellness. But like all good things, it requires care—tender, loving care. Today, we're delving into the essential aspect of treadmill upkeep: how to clean a treadmill. The importance of this task cannot be overstated—it's about hygiene, performance, longevity, and safety.

My awakening to the necessity of treadmill upkeep came on a Tuesday. There I was, about to embark on my morning jog, when a squeak and a stutter from my trusted machine stopped me in my tracks—literally. It was a clear sign that I'd overlooked a crucial part of my fitness routine: cleaning my treadmill. So, let's roll up our sleeves and learn the proper way to clean a treadmill, ensuring your path is clear (and clean) as you chase down your fitness goals.

The Pre-Cleaning Checklist

Detailed view of a treadmill maintenance process, highlighting the use of gentle cleansing agents and soft cloths for effective cleaning

Before diving into how to clean your treadmill, it's crucial to prepare. Here's your pre-cleaning checklist:

Safety First: Unplugging the Treadmill

The cardinal rule before any cleaning session is to unplug the machine. Safety is paramount, and this will prevent any electrical hazards and inadvertent starts during the cleaning process.

Gathering the Necessary Cleaning Supplies

Arm yourself with the essentials for cleaning a treadmill:

Initial Assessment: Identifying Which Parts of the Treadmill Need Cleaning

Inspect your treadmill. Look for areas that collect the most dust and sweat—typically the belt, handles, and console. Check for any stains that may require extra attention and make note of any parts that seem to be wearing out.

With a plan in place, you're ready to begin the actual process of how to clean your treadmill. In the following sections, I'll guide you through the details of daily cleanings, weekly deep cleans, monthly tune-ups, and seasonal care.

III. Understanding Your Treadmill for Effective Cleaning

Before we dive into the cleaning details, it's important to understand your machine. Treadmills come in various shapes and sizes, and each has its quirks. Familiarize yourself with the belt mechanism, the console, and the motor area. Your user manual is a treasure trove of information tailored to your model and offers specific guidance on how to clean your treadmill effectively.

IV. Daily Cleaning Routine

Your daily treadmill cleaning routine should be simple and swift.

Wipe Down Surfaces After Each Use

After each use, grab your surface wipes and wipe down the handles, console, and frame. This immediate action will protect the surface finish and prevent the buildup of grime on your treadmill.

The Importance of Sweat Removal to Prevent Corrosion

Sweat is more than just water; it's a cocktail of salts and oils that can be corrosive over time. A daily wipe-down is crucial when learning how to clean a treadmill.

V. Weekly Deep-Clean Guide For Treadmills 

Dedicate time once a week for a deeper cleaning of your treadmill.

Step-by-Step Guide to a Thorough Clean

Close-up on a treadmill's console and handles being wiped down, demonstrating the daily upkeep for treadmill hygiene and care.

  • Start with the belt: Turn the treadmill on a slow speed and wipe the belt with our surface wipes. Then, turn it off and wipe it down again for a more thorough clean.
  • Vacuum around the belt edges, the deck, and under the belt if possible.
  • Clean the console with our surface wipes. Avoid spraying cleaner directly on it.

Focus on the Belt: Techniques for Cleaning and Lubrication

After cleaning the belt, check the manufacturer's guidelines for lubrication. This ensures your treadmill operates smoothly.

How to Clean the Electronic Console Without Causing Damage

Never use abrasive cleaners or cloths on the electronic console. Use surface wipes or an electronics-safe cleaner and gently wipe the screen and controls.

VI. Monthly Maintenance Must-Do’s

Your monthly maintenance routine is a deeper dive into how to clean your treadmill.

Belt Alignment and Tension Checks

An improperly aligned or tensioned belt can cause uneven wear or a risky running surface. Adjust according to your manual.

Inspecting and Cleaning the Motor Area

This is crucial for the longevity of your treadmill. Dust and debris in the motor area can lead to overheating. Ensure the treadmill is unplugged, then open the motor area according to your manual's instructions. Use a vacuum with a hose attachment to gently remove dust.

A Story About Catching a Problem Early During a Monthly Check

Once, during a routine monthly inspection, I noticed a small object near the edge of the motor compartment. It turned out to be a piece of a toy my child had lost. Had I not found it during my monthly check, it could have caused serious damage.

VII. Seasonal Care for Your Treadmill

With the change of seasons, your treadmill might need different kinds of attention, just like any other piece of machinery.

Adjusting for Humidity and Temperature Fluctuations

Just as the wood in your home expands and contracts with the seasons, so can the materials in your treadmill. Pay attention to any changes in performance and consult your manual for seasonal adjustments.

Deep Cleaning Before and After Storage

If you store your treadmill for part of the year (like many do during the warmer months), a thorough cleaning before and after storage is essential. This prevents any unwelcome surprises such as mold or pests.

Seasonal Maintenance

There was a spring morning when I decided to bring my treadmill out of storage, only to find that some critters had made a home inside the motor casing. Now, I make sure to clean thoroughly and cover the openings before storing it.

VIII. Troubleshooting Common Issues

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, things go wrong. Here's a quick troubleshooting guide for when your treadmill isn't acting right.

What to Do if Your Treadmill Belt Starts Slipping

Belt slippage is often a sign of a lubrication issue or a need for tension adjustment. Check your manual for how to address these issues.

Dealing with Electrical Quirks

Electrical issues can be tricky. If resetting the machine doesn't work, it might be time to call in a professional. It's not worth risking your safety or further damage to your machine.


To round off this guide, let’s tackle some frequently asked questions.

How often should I lubricate my treadmill belt?

This varies by model and usage, but a general rule of thumb is every three months or after about 130 miles of use.

Can I use any household cleaner on my treadmill?

It's best to avoid harsh chemicals. A mild soap solution or a cleaner recommended by the manufacturer is usually your safest bet.

What's the best way to remove stubborn stains from the belt?

A gentle scrub with a soft brush and a mild detergent should do the trick. Remember to rinse with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly.

Is Matguard Surface Spray Safe for Treadmills?

Matguard Surface Spray is designed to be safe for use on a variety of surfaces, including treadmills. It's formulated to clean without damaging the equipment, ensuring that your treadmill remains in top condition.

Does Matguard Surface Spray Contain the Proper Chemicals for a Treadmill?

Yes, Matguard Surface Spray contains chemicals that are appropriate for cleaning treadmill surfaces. It's important to use products that won't corrode or degrade the materials your treadmill is made from.

Do I Need a Routine for Cleaning My Treadmill?

Establishing a routine for cleaning your treadmill is essential for maintaining its longevity and performance. Regular cleaning helps prevent the buildup of dirt and sweat, which can be corrosive over time.

Does Matguard USA Provide Other Cleaning Products?

Matguard USA offers a wide range of cleaning products specifically designed for athletic equipment. These products help ensure that your gear remains sanitary and well-maintained.

Are There Additional Products from Matguard for My Skin?

Yes, Matguard offers antibacterial body wipes that are perfect for a quick clean-up after a workout. These wipes are designed to be gentle on the skin while eliminating bacteria effectively.

How Often Should I Use Matguard Surface Spray on My Treadmill?

For optimal results, use Matguard Surface Spray after each use of your treadmill. This helps to keep the surface hygienic and functioning smoothly.

Can I Use Matguard Surface Spray on Other Gym Equipment?

Absolutely! Matguard Surface Spray is versatile and can be used on a variety of gym equipment to kill germs and keep your workout space clean.

What's the Best Way to Apply Matguard Surface Spray to My Treadmill?

To apply Matguard Surface Spray, lightly mist it onto the treadmill's surfaces and wipe down with a clean cloth or our surface wipes! Avoid over-saturating electronic components.

Cleaning your treadmill might not be the most exciting part of your fitness routine, but it's a vital one. Regular maintenance will keep your treadmill running smoothly, ensuring that you can focus on what really matters—your health and fitness goals.

Remember, a clean treadmill isn't just about aesthetics; it's about functionality, safety, and the longevity of your investment. So next time you power down after a vigorous workout, take a few extra minutes to care for your machine. Your treadmill is more than a tool for fitness; it's a partner in your wellness journey."