For many of us, purchasing a quality barbell is a financial investment and barbell maintenance is something a lot of people tend to overlook. This results in having to replace the bars more frequently. Regardless of your business model, barbells are definitely one of the most used pieces of equipment on the gym floor.
Do you wipe or brush down your bars after use? Ideally, cleaning the chalk out of the knurling would be done on a daily basis or after every use of your barbell. The 360° Barbell Brush is a must have for any barbell owner and is available with either nylon or stainless steel bristles to suit all barbell finishes. Be sure to use the right style of brush or you may damage your barbell by removing some of the coating. When chalk is left in the knurling of the barbell, you are opening yourself open to rust. This is because chalk is used for absorbing the moisture from your hands. When left on the bar, the chalk is absorbing any humidity and holding it on the steel, which results, you guessed it; rust. You can also brush down the sleeves of your barbell to remove any dirt.
We would recommend a more thorough and more deep clean of your barbell once every 6 months or yearly, particularly if the bearings are starting to stick. For this step, you will need to remove the sleeves of your barbell using pliers to remove the clip rings, end caps and spacers- be sure to remember the order these were removed so you can reassemble correctly. Once you have removed the sleeves, you can use your barbell brush and lubricant to clean the shaft and bushings of the barbell. The spacers, end caps and clips can also be wiped down to ensure they are free of excess dirt and chalk before reassembling your barbell.
Check out our video below explaining how to keep your barbell in pristine condition.