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How to Clean Massage Tables

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Massage therapy is a quickly growing industry with an 18 percent increase in the number of available jobs by 2018, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Massage therapists apply pressure to the soft tissue and muscles of the body while clients lay on a specially designed table. The table is made of a vinyl covered pad and comes equipped with a special head/face rest. Proper care is an integral part of long table life. Massage oil, bodily fluids and dirt will break down the vinyl surface if it is not properly cared for.

Remove everything from the top of the table. Pull off any linens or towels that have been used to cover the table. These items should be replaced after each use.

Inspect the massage table. Look for cracks in the vinyl covering of the table padding. Cracks in the padding allow germs and fluids to enter the padding -- any affected padding should be replaced immediately. Check for loose or frayed cables on electric tables.

Place a few drops of a mild detergent soap into a spray bottle. Fill the bottle with water. This cleansing solution will eliminate bacteria left on the surface of the bed while also protecting the surface of the vinyl. Repeated cleanings with harsh chemical cleansers will cause the vinyl to break down. Commercially prepared vinyl cleaners are available in stores. Refer to your owner's manual for recommendations from your table's manufacturer.

Spray the cleaning solution over all of the vinyl surfaces of the table. Pay special attention to any crevices in the bed. Crevices are prime hiding spots for dirt, germs, hair and other undesirable things.

Use a paper towel to wipe the surface of the table.

Wipe the table with a paper towel that has been moistened with water to remove any soapy residue that is left behind. Dry the vinyl upholstery with a lint-free cloth.

Dilute a mild commercial cleaner with water at a 4 to 1 ratio. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.

Spray the solution onto a dampened lint-free cloth. Wipe the legs and base of the table.

About the Author

Amanda Goldfarb became a freelance writer in 2006. She has written many articles for "Oviedo TRI-Lights," "Cool Runnings" and several other health- and fitness-related blogs. She has also contributed to her town's tri-club newsletter. Goldfarb obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Central Florida and is currently pursuing a degree in emergency medical services.

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