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How To Clean A Treadmill? Our Step-By-Step Guide

There are many things to consider when buying a treadmill. It may not be the first thing on your mind, but just as important as the treadmill’s quality is maintained. A treadmill can be an expensive investment. So, it is important to consider maintenance as a part of the cost of ownership. Running is one of the best ways to get fit. It is a form of exercise that anyone can do. It is not too difficult to maintain a treadmill. It is a machine, though, and machines do need to be maintained.

Depending on the surface you’re running on, the speed, and length of your workout, it’s important to keep the treadmill lubricated and well-maintained. That way, you can continue to get the most out of your workout, and not have to worry about a safety hazard.

Cleaning Your Treadmill

There are a few things you can do to increase the life of your treadmill.

  • You should be cleaning your treadmill once every six months.
  • You should be lubricating the moving parts on your treadmill once every 3 months.

Treadmill maintenance is very important if you want your treadmill to last. When cleaning your treadmill, you should take the time to make sure you have all of the materials needed to complete the job. These materials include: cleaning solutions, paper towels, a cleaning brush and a vacuum.

Keeping your treadmill clean will ensure that your treadmill is in good condition and will likely help your treadmill last longer.

You just got yourself a treadmill. But now you are wondering how to clean the mechanicals of your treadmill.

We have the following tips.  

1. If you don’t have one already, get a treadmill maintenance kit.  

2. Empty out your machine’s catch tray.  

3. Sweep the floor underneath the treadmill.  

4. Disconnect the power and unplug your machine.  

5. Remove the console, and wipe down all the parts.  

6. Use a soft sponge with water to clean the frame and the moving parts.  

7. With a mix of warm water and a mild detergent, clean the runners.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Remove all debris from the deck. Use a dustpan and broom to sweep it up or a leaf blower to blow it off.

2. Wipe down the deck with a towel. Water should be sufficient. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.

3. Wipe down the console and contact sensors.

Cleaning the Mechanicals

The mechanicals of your treadmill is what make it run, and they are worth the time to maintain.

  • First, turn off the power to your treadmill. If the power cord is hidden under the machine, remove the plug from the wall outlet.
  • Use the screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the console to the base of the treadmill.
  • You will need to remove screws from the sides, the front, and the back. The console is held to the frame with plastic clips, so you may need to pull hard to get it loose.
  • Removing the cover from your treadmill to more effective cleaning. It is important to remove the cover as some dust, pet hair, and other things can be hiding in the cracks of the cover and can get into the inner workings of the treadmill.

Cleaning the Belt

The belt of your treadmill is the surface that you run on. It can get quite grimy and dirty over time, which will affect the performance of your treadmill. In order to keep your treadmill in the best condition possible, it is important to clean the belt on a regular basis. 

But before you get started, here are a few things to keep in mind: If your belt has been contaminated with oils or other solvents, first try cleaning it with a degreaser like Simple Green or WD-40. If this doesn’t work, try using rubbing alcohol or Isopropyl alcohol. If those don’t work either, you may have to get a new belt for your treadmill.

Cleaning the treadmill belt is important to keep it running smoothly.

Follow the steps below to do this procedure.

1: Unplug the treadmill. This will prevent any electrical shock.

2: Trace the treadmills belt path with a pencil. This will help you clean the belt efficiently.

3: Turn on the shower in the hottest setting possible. The water should be as hot as you can tolerate. 

4: Mix the cleaning solution with water in a bucket.

5: Spray it on the belt then scrub it with a scrub brush. Dry the belt off with a towel.

6: Continue to spray the belt and scrub it until you can no longer see any dirt.

Cleaning the Console

The treadmill console is a good place to store water and other drinks to have handy while you run. However, in order to prevent accidents and keep your treadmill in good condition, it is important to clean out the console regularly. Thankfully, it doesn’t take too much work to do this. Here are steps to clean the console of your treadmill.

Thoroughly wash down the console with warm, soapy water. (Wearing rubber gloves will help you prevent slipping and protect your hands from caustic chemicals.)

After months of running, it is time to clean the treadmill console. It is a little tricky to figure out what to do first, follow this step-by-step guide to get it done.

1. Unplug the treadmill and turn it off.

2. Remove the console by unscrewing the bolts that are on the sides of the console.

3. Remove the treadmill sheet.

4. Use the brush to remove crumbs from the console.

5. Use the vacuum to remove any debris.

6. Use the damp cloth to remove sweat and dirt.

7. Use the soft cloth to polish the console.

8. Repair any damage.

After Cleaning Your Treadmill

Storing your treadmill properly is important if you want it to last. Putting it in a basement or garage is a bad idea because it might rust or get damaged. Besides, neither of these places is climate-controlled. You also don’t want to set it up in your living room, because it will just look out of place, and you might trip over it.

Last Words

If you ever want to use your treadmill again, you’re going to need to clean it. Why is cleaning your treadmill so important? Well, the biggest reason is that your treadmill can be a breeding ground for germs. It sees a lot of traffic, and people don’t always wipe it down after every use. This means you can catch germs, and potentially spread them to other parts of your home.


Randy Lucas

Randy here - Fitness enthusiast and avid runner - besides running I also love playing with my two German Shepherds Peter and Bruce - oh and I love cooking. I am the Webmaster over at where I ramble about all things fitness in an effort to make the world a healthier place.