You've invested a lot in your massage table. Now be sure to properly care for it. A simple cleaning and maintenance routine can ensure your table stays with you for the long haul.
Cleaning Your Massage Table
A gentle cleanse after each client is a good practice that will help prevent the spread of germs as well as remove dirt, grease and any other residues left behind. Use a solution of mild soap and warm water to gently wipe the table clean, ideally with a soft microfiber cloth. Avoid cleansers that include alcohol and/or citrus ingredients, as these could dry out the vinyl, causing it to crack or bubble. In some cases, using alcohol or citrus-based disinfectants can void your massage table's warranty. Stick to soap and water and be sure to keep your table covered with a sheet at all times to further protect the vinyl.
Massage Table Maintenance
Professional grade massage tables don't require much maintenance, but a few checks a day can help ensure your table stays sturdy and comfortable for its entire lifespan. Always make sure any knobs are tightened and massage table legs are straight and secure. A table that wobbles has either not been set up properly or has been damaged. Check regularly for any tears or cracks and see to repairing them as soon as possible to prevent further damage. When possible, alternate your face cradle between each end of your table to help with wear and tear.
One common mistake, especially among traveling massage therapists, is improper table storage. Massage tables should not be stored in the trunk, or any other area, of your car. Extreme temperatures can damage your table and void your warranty. If you own a portable table, keep in its case when possible and stored at room temperature.
Massage Table Repair
Even with careful cleaning and maintenance, things happen. If your table does become damaged in any way, it's best to have it repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage and the possibility of having to replace it. Repairs are much less expensive than new tables! Many manufacturers will repair your table for a reasonable fee, and those who don't will be able to recommend an outside repair service.