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Caring for Your Massage Table

two clean and well-maintained massage tables in a spa treatment room

Once you’ve invested in a massage table, it’s important to know how to properly clean and care for it— not only to maintain your massage table’s pristine condition for the long haul but also to ensure a safe and clean work environment for both you and your clients.

Caring for your massage table is simple, and we’ve made it even easier by listing routine cleaning and maintenance tips every spa professional and massage therapist should follow.

How to Protect Your Massage Table

Store your massage table at room temperature. Extreme temperatures (brutally hot or bitterly cold) can severely damage your table as well as void your warranty.

This mainly applies to traveling therapists with portable massage tables – at the end of your work day, just remember to unload your massage table from your car and store it indoors!

Keep Your Massage Table Clean

ALWAYS clean and disinfect your massage table between clients. Lotions, oils, sweat, dirt and other types of residue can be unavoidable when working in massage therapy and will inevitably get onto your massage table.

In between appointments, take a few minutes to properly clean and sanitize your massage table to prevent the spread of germs and protect the upholstery.

How to Clean Your Massage Table

  • Use a mild soap with warm water to wipe the massage bed clean with a soft cloth (ideally microfiber)
  • Use leather & vinyl cleaner to clean massage bed top
  • Don’t go overboard with cleaner: use just enough to clean the surface without saturating the upholstery
  • After cleaning, disinfect the table to kill all spa-relevant pathogens
  • Only use cleaners and disinfectants without harsh chemicals (which can harm massage table materials and the environment)

This environmentally-friendly Leather & Vinyl Cleaner - 24oz is ideal for removing residue on treatment tables prior to disinfection. (Leather & Vinyl Cleaner -128oz refill also available).

Sanitize every surface of your massage table in under one minute with Prevention RTU Disinfectant Wipes. This hospital-grade disinfectant is non-irritating to eyes and skin and has a biodegradable formula. It also comes in spray bottles: Prevention RTU Disinfectant Cleaner

Avoid using cleaners or disinfectants that include any of the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Chlorine (found in bleach products)
  • Acetone
  • Ammonia
  • Citrus oils

These types of chemicals can dry out and damage the vinyl and stitching.

After cleaning and disinfecting the massage table, wipe it down with a damp paper towel to ensure all soap/disinfectant is removed. Then use a dry paper towel to completely remove all moisture before adding a massage table sheet/linen.

You can add an additional protective barrier with disposable table and headrest covers:

Massage Table Maintenance

Other than regular cleaning and disinfection, you shouldn’t have to do a lot of actual maintenance to keep your massage table in good condition (assuming it’s a professional quality table).

Minerva Beauty brand massage tables require only minimal assembly upon delivery, so as long as you place them on a level surface you’ll have a sturdy setup from day one. If your massage table has headrest outlets on both ends you can alternate them monthly for more even weight distribution over time to minimize wear and tear.

For manually adjusted massage tables:

  • Make sure knobs are tight (but not over tightened)
  • Check that levers lock securely in place
  • Do a regular visual inspection to check for any components that may have loosed up and need tightening

For electric massage tables:

  • Lubricate hinges & adjustable components every 3-4 months for smooth operation and a long service life
  • Use a silicone-based lubricant because it won’t collect any dust or debris
  • Avoid petroleum-based lubricants because they can damage plastic or rubber materials
  • Use a surge protector to make sure your table is protected in the event of a power surge
  • Keep your electric massage table at the lowest height setting when not in use

For hydraulic massage tables:

  • Raise the table all the way up and then bring it all the day down at least once a day to keep all the hydraulic components lubricated
  • Lower the table all the way down to the locked position before clients get on and off

If you have any questions about your Minerva Beauty massage table, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via chat or email, or give us a call at 888-332-0123.

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