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Cleaning Pilates Equipment

 ~ Alcohol based cleaning products, bleach, baby wipes, and harsh chemicals are NOT suitable for cleaning any part of your equipment.

 ~ You should clean all surfaces after each use with a soft, damp cloth - wipe all upholstery with a blend of water and mild soap.(1 tablespoon of mild soap is recommended for a liter of water.)

 ~ Do not spray any cleaning product directly on your equipment. You should spray on the cloth and then wipe.

 ~ If you have foot straps, neoprene handles, fuzzies and ankle straps, they should all be machine washable. Wash them on the gentle setting on your machine and let them air dry. Tumble drying is NOT recommended.

 ~ You should wipe down the carriage, shoulder rests, foot bar, and push through bar with a soft damp cloth after each use.

 ~ You should wipe and brush the carriage tracks periodically to keep them free from dust and hair.

 ~ You should also wipe the carriage wheels periodically by running a damp cloth over them to keep them free from dust and dirt.

Pilates Equipment Cleaning recommendations from STOTT by Merrithew

During this time of increased risk of contracting serious illness, we suggest frequent and regular cleaning of all Pilates equipment, props and other high-touch surfaces.

In order to keep your Merrithew equipment and props clean we recommend using one of the following solutions:

Virox 5

This is a commercial grade disinfectant that is both a virucidal and bactericidal and broad spectrum sanitizer on hard surfaces and is available as a liquid or wipe.

When using this solution, it is important that you allow contact with the surface for 5 minutes to ensure proper cleaning procedure. After 5 minutes, any residue can be wiped away with water and a clean cloth. Please note, leaving the solution longer than 5 minutes has no added benefit. Equipment or props can be used as usual once surfaces are dry.

The manufacturer recommendation is to pour this liquid onto a clean cotton cloth and wipe surfaces thoroughly. While not a preferred method, they say the liquid can be sprayed onto surfaces with a spray bottle, however the liquid will become aerosolized. This is not dangerous, but may cause discomfort in sensitive individuals.

Soiled cotton cloths can be machine washed using hot water. These cloths should be separated from other laundry items.

The manufacturer of this product states that it is non-irritating to the eyes and skin, is free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) and has no toxic ingredients. However, if you have sensitivities to chemicals or scents, we encourage you to review the manufacturer’s information carefully. A detailed FAQ can be found here.

Please read and follow the product directions carefully before use.

Bleach and water solution

The CDC recommends a solution of 5 tablespoons of household bleach to 1 gallon of water as an effective disinfectant that can kill up to 99.9% of germs on surfaces.

To use this method of cleaning, mix the solution and place in a spray bottle. Spray the equipment thoroughly and wipe with a cotton cloth, allow to solution to remain in contact for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm, clean water to remove any residue. Please note, leaving the solution longer than 10 minutes has no added benefit. Once surfaces are completely dry, you can use the equipment as usual.

Bleach, even when diluted can remove or change colour from fabrics. To reduce the risk of bleaching fabrics, rinse surfaces thoroughly with water.

Other household cleaning solutions

There are many EPA-approved household cleaning solutions that are effective in killing germs. Without substantial testing, however, we are unable to advise if any of these products will have long term side effects on Merrithew products. If you do use these products, we recommend thorough rinsing with clean water to remove any residue that may be left behind.

Here is more information on care and cleaning of vinyl-coated fabrics from Morbern, our vinyl supplier.

If you have any concerns or questions about cleaning methods, contact us at