Hi! I’m George from Exercise Express and we’re going to talk today a little bit about what you might want to do to your treadmill if you haven’t used it for a little bit of time. Maybe you’ve been outside running. Maybe you’ve just been on a little bit of a break from fitness activity but your treadmill has also been on a break. So, there are a few things you want to go over. The one we are going to cover right now is lubrication. This is the oil change of the treadmill world and is very important to keep everything running the way that it should be, low heat, low friction.
Disclaimer: Make sure the treadmill is unplugged and turned off. It is a safety hazard to perform maintenance tasks while the treadmill is turned on.
Step 1. Get a can of 100% Clear Silicone Spray.
The first thing you are going to do is get yourself some clear silicone spray. You’re going to want to aim for this area in the front portion of the deck. This is where the majority of the footfalls occur and so this is where you want the lubricant to go. Usually, models have a gap between the siderail and the belt where you can just hook it with a finger. If your’s underlaps (beneath the siderail) you may need to grab a small tool, a screwdriver or similar, to be able to get underneath there and to be able to get your fingers to pull up (on the belt).
Step 2. Apply the Clear Silicone Spray.
Once you’ve pulled up (on the belt). Use your straw (an attachment added to the spray nozzle of your silicone spray). Apply about one and a half seconds of spray in the front third of the belt.
Step 3. Turn treadmill on.
Once you’ve done that, start the unit at whatever is a comfortable walk for you.
Step 4. Spread the Clear Silicone Spray.
Then begin walking around the belt surface trying to cover all areas. This will help to spread the silicone to all areas of the belt and deck (continue walking for roughly 30 seconds).
After about 30 seconds of walking on it, go ahead and shut it off. You’ve now lubricated your treadmill.
Maintenance Task Complete!
Express Tip: Accidental Overspray
When you’re lubricating your treadmill, if you have gaps between the belt and the siderail, you may get something that we call overspray. This is where you’ve sprayed underneath (the belt) and there’s a film of lubricant, silicone, on the outside between the belt and siderail. All you need to do is take a paper towel and wipe this away. (More lubricant may spread out after you’ve wiped it away, and you can simply repeat the process. Less is definitely more in terms of belt lubrication).
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