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How to Deep Clean Barbells

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Every year, in December, we have our barbells deep cleaned and it takes our barbels from looking old, rusty and dirty to looking brand new again! We have streamlined the process and now can complete each barbell in about 20 minutes or less. We generally hire this task out to a Rise staff member or athlete who has some free time on their hands.

Supplies

  • Drill (Corded or Cordless)
  • 3” Avanti Pro Wire Cup Brushes (we generally go through 1 per 4 barbells)
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • 3-In-One Oil
  • Multi-purpose Terry Towels
  • Respirators (optional but strongly recommended)
  • Nitrile Disposable Gloves (optional but strongly recommend)

Process

  1. Gather your supplies.

2. Put on respirator and gloves (optional but strongly recommended).

3. Set the barbell you plan to clean on top of two boxes or her blocks as shown below.

4. Insert wire brush attachment into corded or cordless drill.

5. Run the drill over the barbell at high speed so wire brush attachment can knock off all the dust, dirt, chalk and any rust that may have collected. The bulk of your time will be spent on this task. We always clean the entire shaft every year and then usually clean the sleeves every other year. Make sure to get in the corners where the shaft meets the sleeve.

 

6. Wipe down the entire barbell very thoroughly with Clorox wipes.

7. Wipe down the barbell thoroughly with dry Terry towel.

8. Put 3-In-One oil on a separate, new Terry towel and wipe down the entire barbell with a thin layer of oil to stop rust from forming.

9. Drop a small drop of 3-In-One oil into the crack where the sleeve sets the shaft and spin the sleeve multiple times to lubricate the bearings/bushings.

10. Enjoy your freshly cleaned and much more functional barbell!

P.S. If you decide to clean the sleeves (where you slide weights onto the barbell), make sure to ask your athletes to use clips after cleaning! The reduced surface friction from the removal of all dirt and grime creates a slippery surface which will easily allow plates to fly off the end of the barbell if the barbell ends up uneven in a lift.