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Massage Table Upholstery Care

If you care properly for your massage table, the upholstery should last for many years of use.

If you care properly for your massage table, the upholstery should last for many years of use.

The best way to protect your massage table upholstery is to keep the table covered so that no oil comes in contact with the table’s surface. Even body surface oils and other fluids can seep into the upholstery and break down the fibers. The sheets you use should be thick enough to prevent oil from seeping through. Use a blanket or towel underneath the sheet if needed.

When it comes to sanitizing your massage table, choose your cleaning solution carefully. Many of the oils and alcohols found in cleaning agents can harden the upholstery over time and eventually cause it to crack. With constant exposure to the harsh cleaning agents found in most sanitizers, the upholstery becomes less supple and is more easily scuffed or torn.

It’s best to skip most commercial cleaning solutions altogether and instead clean your table using mild soap and water. Then rinse the table surface with clean water to remove all traces of soap.

Despite how carefully you clean and maintain your massage table, the materials—including the upholstery—will eventually deteriorate with time. But with the right care and gentle cleaning, your upholstery should last for many years of use.

Earth Friendly Massage Tables

What makes a massage table earth-friendly?
The earth-friendly Aspire Massage Table is made from renewable hardwoods and 100% PU vinyl.

The earth-friendly Aspire Massage Table is made from renewable hardwoods and 100% PU vinyl.

Basically, an earth-friendly massage table is made up of two things. First, it’s durable. It’s made of quality materials that will last for years of use.

The longer a massage table lasts, the fewer massage tables you will need to buy during your career, which means fewer unusable massage tables that end up in the landfills. Don’t settle for cheap materials that will wear out in only a few years.

Second, it’s made of eco-friendly materials. The more renewable and nontoxic materials used in the construction of a massage table, the easier it is on our world.

The wooden legs and base should be constructed from renewable sources of hardwood, not rainforests or old growth forests. Farmed and renewable wood sources are considerate of the environment. The upholstery should be 100% PU vinyl, which is nontoxic and earth-friendly.

OneTouch Massage Tables are both durable and eco-friendly. They are constructed with renewable hardwoods, 100% PU vinyl, and quality materials that will last for years of use. See our selection of portable massage tables for yourself for more information.

New Massage Table Vinyl Care

Elite Portable Massage TableOne question we get asked every so often is “How do I remove the vinyl smell from my new massage table?”

It’s not uncommon for new massage tables that contain vinyl or rubber materials to give off a smell when you first take them out of the box. However, the smell can be irritating to you and your clients. That’s why it’s important to let your portable massage table “air out” before using it for the first time.

That “new” smell of vinyl or rubber is the result of your massage table being packed for shipping. The very same additives and stabilizers in the vinyl or rubber that give these materials their specific attributes can also give off an odor when they’re cooped up in a shipping box over time.

But rest assured, the “new” smell will not last forever. It will slowly wear off over time. The best thing you can do to speed up the process is to let your massage table air out by exposing it to fresh air outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Try setting up your massage table outside on a dry, windy day to neutralize the vinyl smell more quickly.

Another way you can speed up the process is to mix a solution of warm water and baking soda, then wipe down the massage table vinyl with a soft cloth or sponge moistened with this solution. Baking soda helps to neutralize odors.

You can also try diluting vinegar in warm water and wiping down the massage table vinyl several times with this solution.

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Massage Table Maintenance

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.

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
  1. Periodically tighten all screws, bolts, and nuts.
  2. Check and tighten all joints and leg supports.
  3. 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.
  4. Inspect the cables for frays, sliced wires, or other signs of weakness.
  5. 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.

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.

Massage Table Covers | Buying a Massage Table Series

Aspire Massage Table with Ultra Soft Vinyl

Aspire Massage Table with Ultra Soft Vinyl and
Memory Foam Pad

Polyurethane vinyl is the standard material for massage table covers for the majority of manufacturers in the massage table industry. This type of vinyl is durable and easy to clean. It is also an earth-friendly and cost-effective material.

Even though most massage tables come with poly vinyl, not all vinyl materials are alike. Some are softer than others. These special vinyls feel like soft leather, giving your table an ultra-plush look and feel. Some vinyls are also higher quality. Premium vinyl will last longer than cheap vinyl, which cracks and fades over time.

Besides the standard vinyl that comes with your table, you can add special massage table covers to enhance the comfort of your clients and protect the vinyl. These covers include fleece pads, table warmers, memory foam pads, wool covers, fleece covers, and more.

For more information on massage table features, see the Buying a Massage Table Series.

How to Clean Massage Table Vinyl

With the right care, your massage table vinyl will serve you well for years to come.

Polyurethane vinyl is durable and easy to clean, making it a standard feature for most massage tables on the market today. A quality vinyl massage table cover will last for years, if treated with the proper care.

Even if you keep your massage table cover well protected, you still need to clean your vinyl cover to keep it looking sharp. For the best care, clean your vinyl after any contact with perspiration, body oils, massage oil, or other fluids or products that can dry out your table cover. Repeated exposure to oil or perspiration can harden the vinyl and cause it to crack.

Clean your massage table regularly to protect the vinyl.

Clean your massage table regularly
to protect the vinyl.

Use a mild detergent with warm water to wipe down your table. Then wipe it down with plain water to remove any residue. Dry the vinyl thoroughly with a soft towel. The vinyl on your headrest, bolster pillows, armrest, and side arm extenders can be cleaned in the same way as your massage table vinyl. Always protect your massage table and accessories with sheets, towels, or covers to prolong the life of the vinyl.

If your table is stained, you can dilute a stronger cleaning product, such as 409, to try to remove the stains. Dilute four parts water with one part 409, rinse the vinyl with plain water, and dry thoroughly. Avoid the use of harsh cleaning agents that could degrade the vinyl. Never use cleaning agents with bleach, as these types of products could easily fade the brilliant color of your vinyl.

Keep your massage table out of direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can dry out the vinyl over time and cause it to crack. It can also fade the color of the vinyl. If you store your massage table in your vehicle, keep it covered to prevent sun damage.

Damage to your vinyl generally happens gradually over time. Most likely you won’t notice the difference until the damage has already begun. Don’t assume that just because you can’t see any damage, your vinyl is just fine. Prevent damage before it’s too late. If you take good care of your vinyl, it will serve you well for years to come.