There is no doubt that pole dancing is rising in popularity and some participants want the activity to be recognized as a sport and eventually become part of the Olympics. It is a great form of exercise that not only builds strength, endurance, and creativity, but is also empowering giving you self-confidence. In addition, the activity does not require tons of equipment to get started. However, you need to keep your pole clean and well-maintained to improve your experience and extend its life.
Hygiene and the Life of Your Equipment
Every time you use your dancing pole, sweat, dirt, and skin cells attach themselves to the surface. Accumulated moisture and dirt on the pole can impact your ability to grip the pole. Hand lotion can also impact grip on the pole’s metal surface – make sure to not wear lotion or wash any lotions off thoroughly before using your pole.
Another reason to clean pole dancing equipment is to prolong its life. The average price of a pole can be anywhere from $50 to over $300 depending on the quality, the brand, the material used, and the type of mounting required. Protecting your investment by cleaning your pole regularly will extend its life and usability.
Different Types of Poles Require Different Cleaners
The way you clean your poles depends on the material that they are made of. For example, chrome, brass or stainless-steel poles can be kept spotless with cleaners such as alcohol or Windex. If your brass pole starts to tarnish, which is natural over time, you may choose to clean it with a brass polish to improve the look of the pole. Please note, this may impact the grip of the pole. Dance poles made of silicone or powder-coated poles should not be wiped with alcohol to avoid damage. Instead, use soapy water and wipe dry with a cloth.
In general, harsh materials should never be used on poles such as scouring pads, bleach, and furniture polish to avoid damaging the surface. If you’re using a brass polish, remember to put on gloves as the product can be messy and might even irritate your skin. You should also use a microfiber cloth to clean your poles rather than paper towels. This will clean your pole more effectively and be better for the environment. In addition, these types of fabric are affordable and produce good results.
Storing Your Poles
If you do not intend to do pole dancing for some time, taking it down and storing it properly are recommended. Consider wrapping the pole in bubble wrap to protect it from scratches and dings. Leave it in a room without humidity as any moisture could lead to rusting. Extreme temperatures can also damage your pole so it’s best to avoid a storage room with sunlight and high heat.
When taking down your poles, leave as many pieces attached together to avoid losing parts. Unless you’re moving, any permanent ceiling mounts should be left where they are so you can just reattach the pole the next time you’re dancing again. Finally, put together all hex keys, screws, and other tools in a zipped bag along with instruction manuals so you can easily find them next time.
Keeping your dancing pole clean by using the proper cleaners and storing it in a dry and temperature-controlled room will extend its life, saving you money. By maintaining your dancing pole equipment, you will be able to enjoy it for many years making it a worthwhile investment.