Taking steps to prevent damage to your portable massage table will save you money and lengthen the lifespan of your table.
Tighten the screws and joints regularly to maintain your massage table.
Is your massage table squeaky? Does it feel less stable than it did when it was new? If so, it may be way past time for a maintenance check. Performing regular maintenance on your portable massage table will help keep it in safe working order, giving both you and your clients peace of mind.
How often should you perform maintenance on your massage table? It depends on how often you use your table. Every 1 to 3 months is generally an adequate maintenance schedule for tightening screws and checking for signs of damage. Other maintenance, such as cleaning the vinyl and tightening the height adjustment screws, should be done more often.
Check out the following guidelines for taking care of your massage table:
Massage Table Frame and Leg Maintenance
- Periodically tighten all screws, bolts, and nuts.
- Check and tighten all joints and leg supports.
- Tighten the height adjustment knobs on each leg. These knobs are an important factor in the stability of your massage table, so tighten them often.
- Inspect the cables for frays, sliced wires, or other signs of weakness.
- Inspect the wooden frame, base, and legs for cracks, warping, or other signs of damage.
Massage Table Vinyl Maintenance
Clean your massage table, face cradle, and other vinyl table accessories regularly with mild soap and water or a mild, non-abrasive cleaner. Do not use alcohol-based cleaners to clean a vinyl massage table cover. This could result in damage to the vinyl.
Be careful when using sharp objects, such as acupuncture needles, around your massage table. Torn or damaged vinyl is difficult to repair, so protect your massage table as much as possible.
Face Cradle Maintenance
Adjust the cam lever on your face cradle for the correct locking pressure.
If you have an adjustable face cradle, it’s important to make sure that the locking cam lever is adjusted correctly. Inside the cam lock are gears that interlock and hold the face cradle in position. If these gears are not completely interlocked, the face cradle could snap out of position.
You’ll know when the cam lever is adjusted correctly when the pressure needed to push the lever down is about equal to the pressure needed to push down a stapler. If the cam lock is too loose, then the face cradle will not stay in place. If the cam lock is too tight, then you could break the lever. Never use force to push down the lever, as this could break the cam mechanism.
If the cam lock is too loose, turn the lever clockwise several times before pushing the lever down again to test the pressure. Repeat until the lever engages with firm (but not forceful) pressure.
If the cam lock is too tight, turn the lever counterclockwise several times before testing the lever again. Repeat until the lever engages with firm (but not forceful) pressure.
Other Maintenance Tips
Keep the Velcro hook and loop sections together during storage to prevent lint, hair, strings, and other materials from clogging up the Velcro.
Finally, ALWAYS protect your massage table with a carrying case during storage and transportation. It only takes a few minutes and can save a lot of potential headaches in the long run.