Caring for your pole
Cleaning your pole:
When your pole first arrives it will be dirty and possibly greasy from the factory. You should give your pole a warm soap-water "bath" with a grease-cutting dish soap (like Dawn) before you first use it. This should also be done about once a month to cut through the build of oils and dirt that will accumulate on your pole
Clean your pole with rubbing alcohol or non-ammonia based window cleaner like Sparkle. Do not use Windex as it can damage the surface of the pole plus the "streak free" ingredients leave a slick finish on your pole making it difficult to grip.
Vinegar is a good product to clean both hands and your pole if you have problems with sweaty hands but it cannot be used on titanium or brass finish poles as it will damage them.
Basic Wet-ones hand wipes without any other additives (get the ones with the red cap) have alcohol and aloe in them. Aloe is also known to help with grip so these are also good to use to wipe down your pole between dances.
Regular rubbing alcohol, Dawn or other grease cutting dish soap and Wet Ones are great cleaners for your hands and the pole prior to and during dancing as sweat and oils build up.
Brass poles require more care than the polished chrome or stainless as the brass absorbs more oils and results in tarnishing. A tarnished pole can affect your ability to grip the pole. They require regular cleaning with a brass polish/cleanser to remove buildup followed by a soap bath to remove the any polish residue. You will be amazed at how nice your pole is to work with after you clean it this way.
It helps to dry your hands and wipe the pole with a micro fiber cloth after wiping it down with alcohol. Do not use fabric softener on your pole towels when you wash them as it will leave a residue on the cloths which can transfer to your body and the pole.
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.
Pole Safety Tips:
Any removable pole has the potential for falling over if not properly installed and regularly checked for stability.
The pole must be directly under a joist not only to protect your ceiling from caving in, but also to avoid the give in the ceiling that would result in the pole loosening from it's position.
When you tighten the pole's screw up adjuster rod, you must tighten it securely into the ceiling so that there is NO give to the pole if you jump on it and pull sideways. You may think your pole is tightly installed but double check it…it should be rock solid if you attempt to put any lateral pressure or pull on it. Realize that a pole erected on carpeting may seem secure, but once you put weight on it, it may settle into the carpet's padding and suddenly, it's loosened from it's place and will fall over when you climb or spin on it. Check poles set up on carpet after an hour or so of use.
Ceilings, as well as floors, will settle and shift! After a few hours of pole practice, or if you leave you pole up then every day before you start up dancing, you must re-tighten your pole or the shift will cause a loosening in the tension between the floor and the ceiling and your pole will fall.
Every so often, take your pole down to allow your ceiling to "breath" and settle back into place as the pressure from the pole will continually push the joists up. You need only take the pole down for about 10 or 15 minutes. Additionally, it's not good to just keep perpetually tightening your pole up and up every time you use it as this can damage the pole and/or the ceiling on a long term basis.
Whenever you are practicing inverts or climbing high on a pole, make sure you have a spotter working with you to catch you or help break your fall. Do not assume you can work without a spotter as it's not worth the risk of injury if you have an accident on your pole.
There are several safety mats sold that can be placed around the base of the pole to provide a cushion when you are practicing inverts and climbing, lessening the potential for injuries if you loose your grip and fall.
To avoid loss of grip, do not apply oils or lotions just prior to pole dancing. All lotions used regularly throughout the week should not contain lanolin or oils. If necessary wipe your skin with rubbing alcohol before your dance or practice to remove any residual lotions.
Finally, be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to what you are doing, avoiding any distractions. Many injuries occur as a result of carelessness or being distracted. Make sure you look around to check furniture or other objects or even people nearby to avoid crashing into them as you take a big spin or invert or go into a handstand. Pay attention to what you are doing at all times, concentrating on grip, position, and your movements to avoid careless accidents.