Safety and Maintenance: Page 1 of 3
that you've got your pole - there are some very important steps to caring
as well as regular features you should check in order to practice pole
Pole accidents are scary - and definitely can be serious! Falling off of a
pole or having
a pole fall over when you are on it is not only terrifying but can result in
Here you will find important information about pole care as well as specific
information regarding using and caring for poles such as
Cleaning your pole:
This should be done before using your pole for the first time as it
will have built up dirt and grease from the factory!
On multi-piece removable poles, the threaded connections of each
section should be washed regularly with mild dishwashing detergent to remove
built up dirt and then apply a small amount of WD-40 or a preferably
a silicone based lubricant to all the threads on both the inner and outer
surfaces. Built up dirt will result in the pole sections sticking together
so that it is very difficult to separate them for storage.
You should clean your pole like this
at least once a month to keep the sections from becoming locked together and
keep your pole in good working condition. This also allows your ceiling to
"rest" a bit so that the joist settles down before you put it back up. The
time spent cleaning your pole is enough time for the ceiling to rest.
After cleaning the
threaded sections, wipe the outside of the pole thoroughly with a
non-ammonia based glass cleaning product to clean the surface of
residual silicone/WD-40 and use it regularly for cleaning while dancing.
Also be aware that Windex has additives which can eventually leave a
slippery build up on your pole. Threaded sections can also be "cleaned"
with the WD-40 itself as this is a great cleaner and then apply silicone
spray for lubrication.
Polished chrome and stainless poles should be cleaned regularly with a
non-streaking glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol.
Build up can result in
a pole that is too sticky or too slippery. Either makes pole dancing
as well as dangerous.
poles require more care than the polished chrome or stainless as the brass
absorbs more oils and results in tarnishing.
This also affects your ability
onto the pole. They require regular cleaning with a brass polish/cleanser to
You will be amazed at how nice your pole is to work with after you
Regular rubbing alcohol
is a great cleaner for both your hands and the pole while dancing as sweat
and oils build up. It helps to wipe the pole with a dry cloth or towel after
wiping it down with alcohol.
practice, you can also wipe the pole with cheap baby wipes - you
should use the ones that have no added lanolin or vitamin E but are alcohol based to
avoid a build up of slippery oils on your pole. Using wipes on the pole or
on your hands and legs can add a bit of grip to the pole or your skin. Good
wipes to use are toddler hand wipes and the red label "Wet Ones".
While pole dancing, rings, toe rings,
bracelets and ankle bracelets should be removed to avoid scratching the
finish of any pole. You've invested in a good pole, you don't want it
scratched up and a marred surface can also scratch your own skin.