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Cleaning Your Home Gym Equipment with BKF

January 17, 2024

So, one of your New Year’s resolutions was to get back to using your home gym. At one time, you worked out on your home equipment 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, but that was some time ago. In the meantime, your gym has been neglected and collecting dust. It’s time to get your dusty home gym back in shape, too!

Cleaning your home gym is a critical part of protecting your investment. Depending on the surface of the equipment you need to clean, BKF can help. Here’s how to clean your home gym equipment with BKF.

How to Clean Weights and Dumbbells with Bar Keepers Friend  


Most weights are either cast iron or stainless steel. Bar Keepers Friend does not recommend its products on non-enameled cast iron. For stainless steel, we suggest our Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish. Designed to remove grime, oil, fingerprints, and more, it’s easy to use. Simply shake before using, and then wipe it with a soft cloth or paper towel. For a heavier stained surface, allow the BKF to sit for one minute before wiping dry.

What if the Weights are Plastic?

Most plastic weights are high-end plastics such as neoprene. We recommend using our MORE Spray + Foam to clean these weights and dumbbells. For day-to-day wipe-downs, use the spray cleaner function. For a deeper cleaning of stains and grime, use the foam setting.

If you’re not sure of the type of plastic, it’s good to test the MORE Spray + Foam on a small spot before cleaning the entire weight.

When Should You Clean Home Gym Equipment?

The bottom line is you should wipe down most home gym equipment after every use, although you may wipe down some equipment weekly. If you’re consistent with your home workouts, and you wipe it down after every workout, this means your equipment should never get to the point of being covered in a grimy layer of sweat, germs, and dirt. For nonporous surfaces of your home gym equipment, we recommend MORE Spray + Foam. So, what counts as part of your home equipment?


Putting a towel down on the bench, so you don’t have to wipe it down is probably a mistake. Sweat seeps through and could eventually lead to corrosion.


Treadmills, ellipticals, and rowers all need a quick post-workout cleaning. Remember BKF works on most nonporous surfaces, but test it on a small spot first if you’re uncertain. More Spray + Foam is good for post-workout wipe-downs.

Free Weights, Kettlebells, Bars, and Dumbbells

As we mentioned above, BKF is the perfect cleanser for these. And since all are nonporous, you may be able to get by with weekly cleaning.

Pro Tip: It’s easy to forget when you last cleaned an item in your home gym, so make a simple checklist, hang it on a clipboard in your gym, and mark the date whenever you clean an item.


You should clean these after every use. Some are made of porous materials, so before using BKF Spray + Foam, test it.

And More…

Although the following items aren’t all recommended for our products, it’s important to keep them clean and shiny. This includes mats, flooring, bands, towels, and workout clothing. I know I tend to hang up workout clothes and bands and use them many times over. However, it’s not a good plan. Germs, odors, and stains tend to build the longer these go without a good cleaning.

A Clean Home Gym Is a Happy Place

A clean gym is healthier and more inviting than the opposite. A dirty piece of workout equipment, a home gym with a locker room odor, or sweat-covered machines don’t make it easy for you to complete your workout. If your home gym has sat gathering dust for a few months or longer, BKF can help you make and keep your workout space a happy place while you get back in shape. Good luck with your New Year’s resolutions!

About the Author

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Randy Clark is a speaker, coach, and author. He publishes a weekly blog at Randy Clark Randy is passionate about social media, leadership development, and flower gardening. He’s a beer geek and on weekends (after COVID-19) he can be found fronting the Rock & Roll band Under the Radar. He’s the proud father of two educators; he has four amazing grandchildren and a wife who dedicates her time to helping others. Randy is the author of the Amazon bestseller The New Manager’s Workbook: A crash course in effective management.

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