Resistance rubber tubing can wear out or break over time. To get most use from your tubing there are some simple maintenance steps you can follow:
- Inspect your tubing before each use:
Nicks and cuts will decrease the strength of the tubing and lead to breakage. If you notice a cut in your tubing it is time to for a replacement. Do not store you tubing in a box with sharp objects or tools and keep it away from sharp corners if you are tying it to benches or attaching it to door frames. If your tubing has handles inspect the grommets where the tubing is attached to the handle, this is the point most likely to break.
- Store in a warm place:
Tubing can become brittle if stored in the cold. Avoid using tubing when it is cold, allow it to warm up for 20-30 minutes before it is stretched. Storing tubing in the cold can decrease the life of the tubing. If you live in parts of the country that experience winter you should keep your tubing in the house, not the garage or the trunk of your car.
- Wipe it Down:
Always wipe your tubing down with a clean wet cloth after a training session. The salts and oils on your skin and in your sweat can dry the tubing, making it brittle. A wet cloth will remove the slats and extend the life of your tubing. Some cleaners and disinfectants can weaken rubber so read the label carefully before using it on your tubing and if you are not sure stick with water.