How to Maintain Weights and Dumbbells

No matter the coating on the outside all weights and dumbbells need maintained to keep your facility looking new. Here are our maintenance tips for your painted, rubber encased or urethane encased weights and dumbbells.

Painted

Iron weights and dumbbells are usually painted using a high-quality, semi-flat enamel paint or powder coating. The enamel wears over time, and oxidation occurs on the exposed metal.

  • Mix a few drops of Dish Soap to 1 Gallon of Water
  • Use a damp cloth from the mixture and wipe clean. 
  • Use another cloth to dry to prevent rusting.
  • Handles: We suggest using a stiff plastic bristle brush with the Soap/Water Mix and letting it sit for a minute before wiping clean.

Rubber Encased

Rubber dumbbells are either completely encased in rubber or just the ends are coated with rubber with metal or chrome handles. The rubber may be natural or synthetic, and weights and dumbbells made with this rubber coating are waterproof. The sun’s UV rays can damage rubber, so you may want to keep them covered or indoors to keep them from rot. As for your rubber weights and dumbbell sets, you can do the following to clean them:

  • Mix a few drops of Dish Soap to 1 Gallon of Water
  • Use a clean cloth to wet in the soapy mixture. Wring to make damp only.
  • Wipe equipment down.
  • Dry with a clean dry towel
  • Handles: We suggest using a stiff plastic bristle brush with the Soap/Water Mix and letting it sit for a minute before wiping clean.

Urethane Encased

Urethane dumbbells usually are made of steel but covered with urethane, a synthetic compound that is stronger than rubber. Some may only have the ends coated in urethane with steel handles. Urethane is extremely durable and last longer than rubber as they are impervious to tearing, peeling, chipping, flaking, or delamination Just don’t throw down your weights as the weight itself can do damage. Urethane weights and dumbbells need little care, but a periodic dusting or cleaning is needed. Following are some directions:

  • Use a clean, damp cloth only.
  • Wipe equipment down.
  • Dry with a clean dry towel
  • Handles: We suggest using a stiff plastic bristle brush with the Soap/Water Mix and letting it sit for a minute before wiping clean.  Be careful of allowing it onto the plates/dumbbells themselves.

*** IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not use acetone, ammonia, or alcohol-based cleaners (i.e., 409, Fantastik, Windex, etc.) as they will dull the surface. These cleaners will not damage the weights or dumbbells, and you will still be able to perform with them. However, they will change in appearance and will no longer look new ***

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