Since a massage table is one of the biggest investments you’ll make as a new therapist, it’s important to know how to care for your table so that it lasts as long as possible. Neglecting the care of your massage table can weaken the joints and cause the upholstery to crack or fade over time. Here are some tips on taking care of your massage table.
Although you might be tempted to use a strong cleaning agent to disinfect your massage table upholstery, this is one of the worst things you can do. Harsh cleaners with alcohol and oils will break down the fibers of your upholstery over time, causing scuffs and tears in the table fabric.
The best way to protect your massage table upholstery is to keep it covered so that no oils come in contact with the surface. When you clean the table, use mild soap and water. Then rinse well to remove all soapy residue.
Foam wear is inevitable over time, but you can slow down the process by turning the table around every few months so that the foot end becomes the head end. Certain parts of the table tend to wear faster than others because of where your clients lie on the table, but switching up how your clients are positioned by reversing the table will slow the process.
The legs, joints, and frame are essential for the strength and stability of your massage table. Keep a close eye on the tightness of the leg adjustment knobs. If they are loose, the table could start to wobble or creak, weakening the joints in turn. If you have multiple therapists working in your treatment rooms, make sure that you or someone you work with is responsible for checking the equipment on a regular basis.
Finally, if you travel with your massage table, keep it protected. Use a heavy duty massage table bag to prevent scratches or tears in the upholstery; keep the table away from any sharp objects or sharp corners; and don’t let the table slide around in your vehicle as you drive.