Massage tables are found in spas, massage parlors, and some homes. They are also used in physical therapy, chiropractic care, and other bodywork therapies. Massage tables typically have a padded surface covered with upholstery. Most massage table upholstery is a synthetic fabric.
Most massage tables are either aluminum or wood. Wood is a natural material that is easy to clean and disinfect. The metal ones are also easy to clean and disinfect, but they can become hot in extreme temperatures or absorb the heat from an electronic massage table warming pad.
To keep your massage table clean:
- Start by dusting the surface with a clean soft lint-free cloth.
- Use mild soap and water to wipe down the table.
- Rinse the table with clean water, and dry it with a dry microfiber cloth or dry paper towel.
- If the table has any massage oil or lotion on it, use a mild solvent or green solution, like simple green, to remove the residue.
- To disinfect a massage table’s surface, use a solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts cold water. Hot water can render bleach’s active ingredients useless, so always dilute bleach in cold/tepid water. Wipe the table’s surface with the solution, and let it air dry. Alternatively, you can use a commercial disinfectant approved for use on massage tables.
How Often Should I Clean My Massage Table?
Many massage therapists I have worked with use quality sheets that are changed between every massage and do a general wipe-down of the table. They do a more thorough cleaning at the end of their shift, and appears to be the industry standard.
Dusting your massage table at least once a week would be best. If the table is used frequently, it should be cleaned and disinfected after each use. If the table is used infrequently, it should be cleaned and disinfected at least once a month.
When cleaning a massage table, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Some massage tables have special finishes that require special care. For example, some wood massage tables are treated with lacquer or varnish and should not be cleaned with water or cleaners that contain alcohol.
Massage Table Maintenance Tips
Improper use of cleaning agents or disinfectants can degrade fabric performance. It is important to maintain your massage table to ensure its longevity. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for care and cleaning. Most tables have a warranty that will be voided if the table is not correctly cared for.
Care For Metal Parts Of The Massage Table
Wipe the surface with a soft damp cloth to maintain the finish on metal massage tables. Then, dry the table with a clean lint-free soft cloth. Do not use strong cleaners that contain abrasives, alcohol, or petroleum distillates. These products can damage the finish on the table.
It is important to regularly inspect your table surface for any damage. If you notice any cracks, scratches, or other damage, be sure to repair or replace the damaged parts as soon as possible. This will help to prevent further damage to the table and extend its lifespan.
When not in use, massage tables should be covered with a dust cover. This will help to keep the table clean and free of dust. Portable massage tables should be stored in a cool, dry place. Extreme temperatures can damage the table’s finish and shorten its lifespan.
General Tips For Massage Table Care
– Use a mild detergent and soapy water to clean away day-to-day grime.
– Keep your massage table away from extreme temperatures.
– Do not keep your table in your automobile. One of the most common reasons for exposure to high temperatures is keeping it in the car.
– If you have a portable massage table, store it in a carried case when it’s not in use. Your portable table carrying case protects it from the environment and potential rips and tares.
– By placing a sheet or protective cover on your table before using it, you will prevent damaged upholstery from massage oils and lotions.
Why Should I Clean My Massage Table?
Your massage table is an investment that will last for many years with proper care. Use the following tips to keep your table in good condition:
Cleaning your table is important for two reasons: to remove dirt, dust, and other debris that can accumulate on the surface and to disinfect the table to protect both you and your clients from bacteria and other harmful contaminants.
A massage table that is not adequately cleaned can become a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to infections or other health problems. In addition, massage oils, lotions, and cosmetic stains can build up on the table’s surface and lead to challenging stains to the massage table upholstery or damage to the finish.
Dusting, cleaning, and disinfecting your table regularly can help prolong its life and keep it looking its best.
When using any cleaner, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use. In general, you will want to wipe down the entire surface of the table, paying particular attention to areas where massage oils or lotions may have been applied. Allow the table to air dry completely before using it again.
Following these simple tips can keep your massage table in good condition for many years.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS?
- How can I clean a sticky vinyl massage table to restore it?
There are a few things you can use to clean a sticky massage table:
– Use a mild detergent and hot water to wipe down the surface of the table.
– Use a vinegar and water solution to remove stubborn stains.
– Use rubbing alcohol to disinfect the table. Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and lightly spray the table from top to bottom.
These recommendations are for simple upholstery care. Overuse of rubbing alcohol can dry out the synthetic fabric. You should consult with your massage table manufacturer for alternative disinfection products.
- How often should I replace my massage table?
Most massage tables have a lifespan of 5-10 years. However, this can vary depending on how often the table is used and how well it is cared for. If you notice any cracks, scratches, or other damage, be sure to repair or replace the damaged parts as soon as possible to save unnecessary potential costs. This will help to prevent further damage to the table and extend its lifespan.
- Can I use massage oils on my massage table?
Yes, you can use massage oils on your massage table. However, it is important to clean the table afterward to remove any residual oil. In addition, you may want to place a sheet or protective cover on the table before using it to prevent massage oils and lotions from ruining your table.
- Can I use disinfectant wipes on my massage table?
Yes, you can use antibacterial wipes to clean your table. However, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use. In general, you will want to wipe down the entire surface of the table, paying particular attention to areas where massage oils or lotions may have been applied. Allow the table to air dry completely before using it again.
Do not mistake baby wipes as a disinfectant- a wipe used on the skin is intended to be less harsh for sensitive skin and, therefore, will not be effective in disinfecting your table.
- When should chlorine bleach be used on the massage table?
If it is discovered that you or your client is sick, you should use a concentration of bleach solution to disinfect the table. Concentrations of bleach can vary, but a 1:10 bleach/water-based solution is recommended.
Harsh chemicals should always be used with caution.