How to clean your barbell
To perform the best way possible, you take good care of yourself. But your equipments needs good care too. You (and we!) want (you) to enjoy your equipment as long as possible. We did our absolute best during the production, and now it's your turn to treat your equipment with love and respect.
To help you out, we made this guideline that tells you how to treat and how to clean your barbell so you live happily ever after ;)
- Only drop your barbell on a weightlifting platform or an equivalent platform, or a floor that is covered in a rubber mat. Never drop your bar on a hard surface, such as concrete or asphalt.
- Never drop an empty barbell (without plates) on the floor.
- Never leave your barbell after use loaded with weights, on a rack or similar device. This could eventually cause the bar to bend .
- Storage your barbell horizontally in one of the barbell storage racks, like the Crossmaxx wall mounted bar rack, the Crossmaxx 3-bar vertical hanger or the Crossmaxx 9 bar holder.
- Brush down your bar with a brush after every use to get rid of the chalk on the barbell. This is important, because the chalk attracts moisture which can cause your bar to rust a little. Start with a soft nylon brush like the Crossmaxx barbell brush.If this doesn't rub away the chalk you can use a harder brush. We prefer you don't use a wire brush on barbells with a ceracote coating, shiny chrome coating and black coating, because often use of a wire brush can cause damage to the coating. For barbells with a hard chrome coating however (like the LMX29, LMX30 and LMX38 ) you can use a wire brush. For these bars we recommend the Crossmaxx Flexible barbell brush.
- If this doesn't rub away the chalk you can use a harder brush. We prefer you don't use a wire brush, because often use of a wire brush can cause damage to the coating.
- Work some Crossmaxx Multi-Purpose Oil over the bar and leave it for a few minutes. Wipe off excess oil with a dry cloth.
- Doesn't your barbell spin as smoothly anymore as before? Put a little Crossmaxx Multi-Purpose Oil in the sleeve and spin the barbell a couple of times.
In the video below we show you step by step how to clean and maintain your barbell so it well look brand new again!
For your inspiration: This is how your barbell is supposed to spin.