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How to Clean Resistance Bands

How to Clean Resistance Bands

Cleaning resistance bands is totally possible and easy. You should always clean resistance bands since they will come in contact with sweat and your skin. Before cleaning them, you should find out whether your resistance band is made of latex or fabric. By doing so, you will be able to determine what cleaning method to use.

Using these techniques, you can quickly and easily clean latex and fabric, resistance bands.

How To Clean Fabric Resistance Bands (Step By Step)

After a sweat sesh, you’ll have no problem cleaning up your fabric resistance band. To get started, follow these steps.

  1. Get a pail or bucket.
  2. Fill the jar with warm (not hot) water.
  3. Put some mild detergent in bucket.
  4. In a bucket or pail, place the resistance band.
  5. Hand washes it gently.
  6. Your Fabric Resistance Band should be rinsed off gently without wringing it out.
  7. Hang your resistance band so that it can air dry in the open air and out of direct sunlight.

Keep in mind that you should ALWAYS be gentle when washing your resistance band. By doing so, it will retain its elasticity and last longer.

Can I Use A Washing Machine To Clean Fabric Resistance Bands?

It is possible to clean fabric resistance bands in the washing machine. If you use your washing machine, wash it on a low setting with very gentle detergent. This will maintain the elasticity of the band. When you wash it, do not put it in the dryer. Let it dry out in the open and away from direct sunlight.

Now that you know how to clean the fabric resistance bands, you can do it yourself. But what about if your resistance band is latex?

The good news is that I have more tips in store for you.

How To Clean Latex Resistance Bands (Step By Step)

Latex resistance bands can be cleaned more quickly than you think! Two methods are provided here for cleaning latex resistance bands.

How to Clean Resistance Bands With Dish Soap

  1. Put your latex resistance band into a bucket or pail.
  2. Add a little warm (not hot) water.
  3. Add some mild or gentle dish soap.
  4. Hand wash the resistance band gently using your hands.
  5. Resistance band should be hand-dried with a towel.
  6. The bands should be hung and allowed to dry overnight. Do not expose them to direct sunlight.

How to Clean Resistance Bands Without Dish Soap

  1. Using clean water, wet a towel.
  2. Wipe down the resistance band with a towel.
  3. Wipe off excess moisture from the resistance band with a dry towel.
  4. Allow your resistance band to dry in the open air and out of direct sunlight.
  5. Prior to cleaning your resistance band, you should check the temperature of the water.

The material of your resistance band can be damaged by very hot water. When cleaning the resistance band, use warm to lukewarm water.

Which Cleaning Method Is Better For Latex Resistance Band?

The easiest and most convenient way to clean your latex band is without dish soap. If your latex resistance band is very dirty, you can clean it with dish soap. We now know how to clean both latex and fabric resistance bands easily. The learning doesn’t stop here, however.

8 Ways To Clean & Care for Resistance Bands (Fabric or Latex)

For your resistance bands to last longer, there are several ways to take care of them. Below are eight tips you should follow.

Store Your Resistance Bands Properly

Following the above tips is the best way to clean your resistance band after a hard workout. When your resistance band is dirty, you should never store it. Once you have cleaned the resistance band, ensure it is completely dry before storing it.

Always avoid Direct Sunlight

Putting your resistance band directly under the sun is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when using a resistance band. UV light, which is emitted from the sun, discolors latex.

It is harsh to expose resistance bands to direct sunlight, and this can cause the color to fade. It can also make your resistance band brittle, making it susceptible to snapping.

Always Avoid Heat

Just a moment ago I mentioned keeping your resistance band away from the sun. You also need to keep it away from hot places. Resistance bands can become brittle quickly when heated. The study shows that heat degrades latex gloves quickly, so your resistance band may be affected in the same way. You should keep your resistance band in a cool place so that it can last you a long time.

Keep Your Resistance Band Dry

Also, it would be best if you kept it in a dry place. Moisture can weaken a resistance band if it is exposed to it for a long period of time.

Additionally, the study shows that fungus and bacteria can grow on latex resistance bands when the surrounding environment is damp and moist. Moreover, it may cause your fabric resistance band to smell funky and degrade.

In a dark, dry place like a drawer, keep your resistance band in a Ziplock bag to extend its life.

Use the Right Cleaning Products

When washing your resistance bands, be sure to use mild dish soap and mild detergent. 

Latex resistance bands can be cleaned with water and a towel, but you might need to use some cleaning products for fabric resistance bands.

Selecting the right cleaning products is crucial. The majority of cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can ruin the material of your resistance band. 

If you use harsh chemicals to clean your resistance band, it may change color, become brittle, or even break.

Use the mildest dish soap and detergent you can find if you need to use dish soap or detergent, especially if it is a fabric resistance band.

Never add weight or strain

Make sure your resistance band is not strained when you store it.

Also, ensure that your resistance band does not have any weight on top of it. Ensure that your bands do not get weighed down by other items in a drawer by putting them over them.

Do Not Use It in the Pool

It may seem like a fun idea to work out in the pool with your resistance bands. However, you should immediately stop. In a swimming pool, chlorine is a harsh chemical that wears out and damages resistance bands quickly.

Do Not Overstretch Your Resistance Bands

For a long time, I assumed my resistance band could stand up to a lot of strain. Since they would end up damaged much sooner than I expected, I became frustrated.

As a result, my resistance band wore out faster because I used to stretch it wider than it should. As a result of learning this lesson, I have stopped overstretching my resistance bands when I workout.

Overstretching your bands will wear out the elasticity of the resistance band, resulting in nicks and tears. By getting a band with higher resistance, you’ll be able to avoid overstretching your resistance band.

If you have a resistance band, how do you know when to replace it? Resistance bands are only able to last so long. Read on to find out why…

3 Signs Of Damage That You Should Know

You can make your resistance band last longer by cleaning it and taking care of it properly, but that does not guarantee it will last forever.

Become aware of any damage that signals a need for a replacement resistance band.
Here are some things you should look out for.

Small Nicks and Tears

Prior to using a resistance band, you should always inspect it carefully. You need a replacement resistance band if you notice a small tear or nick.

Ignoring a tear or nick in your resistance band will only make it worse. This increases the risk of it snapping or breaking while exercising.

Punctures

Punctures should also be taken seriously as a warning sign.

As with tears and nicks, this is for the same reason. An unattended puncture in your resistance band could quickly become a big hole and lead to it snapping.

Peeling

Whenever a latex resistance band starts peeling, that means that it is past its prime. If you see that it is peeling, I strongly suggest you look for a replacement.

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