Equipment Safety Guide & Cleaning Instructions
Helpful documents about Balanced Body® equipment.
UPHOLSTERY CLEANING & MAINTENANCE
Please refer to your owners manual for specific instructions for your piece of Balanced Body Equipment. For general upholstery advice, please see below. We recommend cleaning between each class.
You can extend the life of upholstery by keeping it clean and free of dirt, oil and perspiration. After each use, wipe down the upholstery with a solution of mild soap and water. Then wipe it down with clean water and dry with a soft towel.
Equipment upholstery is coated with BeautyGard®, which offers antibacterial protection. If you want additional disinfection, Balanced Body offers the Balanced Body CleanTM disinfecting solution. Use of any other solution (especially those containing essential oils) will shorten the life of some equipment and is not recommended.
If your customers are asking about additional protection, we recommend using Salt & Honey Personal Reformer Towels which have a microfibre surface, non-slip backing and can be taken home for cleaning between studio sessions.
Article by Kaleen Canevari
Which cleaners to use on your Pilates equipment and when
Cleaning your Pilates equipment is hugely important for the look of your studio, the feel of each exercise, and the safety of your clients. There are four different cleaning solutions I recommend for your equipment. I prefer using all of these in spray form with a microfiber cloth.
Plain water from your tap is hugely beneficial for 90% of the cleaning you need to do. This is my go-to solution for cleaning the following places:
– Reformer rails
– Reformer frames (wood and metal)
– Wood roll-down bars
– Metal and wood push-through bars
– Reformer wheels
– Chair pedals and other dusty/dirty areas
The problem with cleaning with some solutions (not all) is that they can mix with skin oil, sweat, or body lotions to make a sticky buildup. Patience is critical here. Take a few extra seconds to scrub rather than jumping to a heavier duty solution right away.
Water + Dish Soap
For a little extra cleaning power, I recommend one teaspoon of dish soap with 16 ounces of water. (Yes, regular Dawn® dish soap!) This is great for these applications:
– Cleaning vinyl after each client
– Extra scrubbing power (remember, just a microfiber cloth!) for tough grime of both metal and wood surfaces
Note: for tough stains on reformer rails, use water and some aluminium foil from your kitchen folded into a small scrub pad for extra oomph. Check out this link for more info on this technique.
While the results you might get with Silicone spray seem magical, please be careful not to use this too liberally or on parts that aren’t listed below.
– Trapeze Canopy tubes where the sliders move (Instagram link here)
– Spray on springs to silence twang-like noises (youtube link here)
– Spray on chair handle knobs to silence squeaking
– Spray squeaky pulley axles (Instagram link here)
Note: It is a myth that silicone spray is suitable for your Reformer rails. Please avoid using this on your wheels and rails.
This excellent, natural disinfectant can be used in any of the situations that water or soapy water can be used for a little extra all-natural cleaning and disinfecting power.
Finally, my pro tip is to be patient. I prefer taking 10-15 wipes with water and a rag than using one wipe with a solution that has some heavy chemicals in it. Your equipment can last upwards of twenty years, but if you want the wood finish and the metal coatings to last that long as well, using excellent cleaning solutions for the sake of saving a few seconds of effort isn’t recommended.