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How To Lubricate A Treadmill: Full Guide

Treadmills are one of the most common pieces of equipment found in a home gym. While they are simple and easy to use, they do require the occasional maintenance to keep them running in top condition. One of the most important things to avoid treadmill degradation is lubrication. In this guide, we will show how to properly lubricate and care for any treadmill.

treadmill lubricant

So if you want to extend the life of your EXPENSIVE treadmill, then look no further.

Supply List

Here is a list of supplies you will need to lubricate your treadmill:

treadmill lubricant options

  1. Silicone lubricant or Silicone Spray ( Commonly sold as treadmill lubricant)

  2. Clean cloths or paper towels

Video Guide

How To Lubricate Your Treadmill Belt

  1. Unplug your treadmill and remove any dust and debris you see. You can use a vacuum cleaner or cloth to get the job done.
  2. Approach your treadmill from the side and gently lift the belt up. Work your back and spray in a bit every step or so. About 3-5 applications should be enough, You can always add more later if needed.
  3. Once you have applied the lubricant, plug your treadmill back in. Slowly turn up the speed and let it run for 10 minutes. This will help spread the lubricant and ensure that it is applied evenly.
  4. Now you can turn the treadmill off and clean any excess lubricant that is on the treadmill deck.

How Often Should I Lubricate A Treadmill?

Generally, you are going to want to lubricate your treadmill every 3-6 months for the best results. Those who live in dry environments have their treadmill and a dusty section of their home will want to do it more often.

However, these are just general recommendations. You should always check in with your manufacturer or owner’s manual to see what is recommended.

Why Do I Need To Lubricate My Treadmill Belt?

Lubricating your treadmill is an important part of maintenance. A treadmill may seem simple but they are lots of moving parts under the deck. Like any other piece of machinery, unless you lubricate it, it will wear and tear over time.

Lubrication helps to reduce friction and wear on these parts, which can extend the lifespan of the treadmill and improve the overall performance of the machine.

In addition to extending the lifespan of the treadmill, lubrication can also improve your workouts. A treadmill that is properly lubricated will have a more accurate speed and constant acceleration.

How Do I Know If My Treadmill Needs Lubricant?

There are a few signs that your treadmill may need lubricant:

  1. Noise: All treadmills make a certain level of noise. But if you hear any sort of squealing, grinding, or knocking your first course of action should be lubrication.

  2. Belt slippage: If you find that your belt is slipping out of place, this is a sign that things are not moving correctly and you should lubricate

  3. Reduced performance: If you find that your treadmill feels bumpier or slower than when you first got it, lubrication may help restore it to its original state

If you are unsure whether your treadmill needs lubrication, there is no harm in applying some to see if things improve.

What Is A Treadmill Belt?

A treadmill belt (also known as a walking belt or running belt) is the surface on which a person walks or runs while using a treadmill. It is typically made of durable material, such as rubber or a synthetic composite, and is designed to withstand the wear and tear of regular use.

Treadmill belts are typically supported by a deck or platform and is powered by a motor that moves the belt at a set speed. The belt is typically adjustable, allowing the user to change the speed and incline of the treadmill to vary the intensity of their workout.

When we talk about treadmill lubrication, we really mean belt lubrication.

Final Thoughts

You should really be lubricating your treadmill as part of regular home gym responsibilities. These are machines that cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars. It makes no sense to not properly care for them especially when it is so easy!


What can I use to lubricate my treadmill?

There are a few different options for lubricating a treadmill, including silicone-based lubricants and paraffin wax. It is important to use a lubricant that is specifically designed for use on treadmills, as other types of lubricants may not be compatible with the materials used in the machine.

Can I use WD-40 silicone on my treadmill?

It is generally not recommended to use WD-40 silicone on a treadmill, as it is not specifically designed for use on treadmills and may not provide the necessary lubrication. You should look at your owner’s manual and see what lubricant is right for your treadmill.

What happens if I don’t lubricate my treadmill?

Your treadmill will wear and breakdown faster than it needs to. The buildup in friction will cause all the moving parts to eventually give out and require repair.

Even if things do not break in the short term, you will experience a decrease in performance.