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Pole Safety and Maintenance: Page 1 of 3

Now that you've got your pole - there are some very important steps to caring for it as well as regular features you should check in order to practice pole dancing safely.

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 lifelong injuries, even death.

Here you will find important information about pole care as well as specific information regarding using and caring for poles such as maintenance, safety-stability-placement, and grip aids.


Basic Maintenance:

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 either a pole that is too sticky or too slippery. Either makes pole dancing difficult, as well as dangerous.

Brass 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 to hold onto the pole. They require regular cleaning with a brass polish/cleanser to remove buildup.
You will be amazed at how nice your pole is to work with after you clean it this way.

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.

During 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 even 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.