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The Pole Exercise Modern Girl’s Guide to Cleaning Your Dance Pole
Why your pole needs cleaning
The short answer is it’s because of you – we shed and regrow our outer skin cells every 27 days, and some of this skin will inevitably end up coating your pole. You’ll also transfer a share of the grease and grime you’ve picked up during the day, along with creams, moisturisers and other beauty products. All of this combines to form a dirty and slippery residue on your pole.
How often should you clean your pole?
This depends heavily on how intensively you’re using it, but usually I’d suggest cleaning the pole once before you start, again mid-workout, and finally giving it a good wipe down at the end of your session. In my school I typically wipe down the poles every 20 minutes, but quite a few students carry their own towels too if they are working on challenging new moves.
Stop your pole getting mucky
There are a few things you can do to help keep your pole cleaner for longer, though most of the answers aren’t quick fixes unfortunately.
- Practice makes perfect – If you’re just starting to pole dance you will probably leave quite a bit more residue behind because of over-gripping the pole. This is a perfectly normal response, and as you become more comfortable and confident with your pole dancing your grip will naturally loosen.
- Don’t sweat it – Sweating can make the pole mucky and slippery more quickly, as the day’s grease and grime released by your pores sticks to the pole. And if you get sweaty hands at the same time this will just compound the problem. There’s no perfect answer, but the /2007/04/20/5-ways-to-beat-sweaty-hand-syndrome/”>best advice is often to take a short break before coming back relaxed and ready to nail that move!
- Grip products – Some pole grip aids work by coating your hands with sticky wax layer. If you find this rubs off excessively on your pole, try exercising without or experiment with one of the /2007/05/01/5-products-to-help-you-grip-the-pole-and-why-you-shouldnt-use-them/”>other products available.
- You can leave your boots on – Less skin contact usually means less dirt on your pole. Wearing a /2007/07/15/get-more-grip-and-look-after-your-skin-how-pole-dancing-boots-can-help/”>nice pair of boots will not only keep your pole cleaner for longer, but also give you some useful extra grip too.
Keeping your pole clean
For a quick clean, just grab an old tea towel, towel or even t-shirt and rub the pole down. Anything made of cotton or a synthetic mix usually works well, though try to avoid fabric that’s too fluffy as this often leaves a residue of its own on the pole.
Quite a few people use special polishing cloths give their poles that special showroom shine. Personally I’ve always felt that this buffing time could be better spent spinning round my pole, but if you do decide to get one make sure it’s not impregnated with wax or polish.
Cleaning products for your pole
After an intensive pole dancing session, you may find that your pole needs a little more attention to restore it to its former shiny, grippy self. There are a number of cleaning products that can help, though do make sure they won’t damage your pole first. I’ve used most of these without any problems on my poles, but Vertical Leisure, for instance, advise against using acetone on their X-Poles.
- Water – Water is always a safe option, and usually pretty effective too. Dampen part of a cloth and wipe firmly down and around the pole. Dry the pole off again and you’re good to go!
- Acetone – When my poles are in high demand during busy classes I often use acetone (nail polish remover) to help clean the poles. Because it’s a solvent, acetone is usually a lot more effective than water for cleaning a greasy pole.
- (It’s also great for removing grease and creams from the body – I normally /2007/04/20/5-ways-to-beat-sweaty-hand-syndrome/”>use a small amount to dry my hands at the start of a session, and some of my students have even used it to clean moisturiser off their inner thighs!)
- As with water, apply a small amount to a cloth and rub your pole down. Make sure you give the pole a quick wipe to remove any excess acetone before jumping back on again.
- Alcohol – You can use alcohol on your pole in exactly the same way as acetone, though some people prefer it as it evaporates more quickly. Of course if your pole manufacturer recommends you don’t use acetone this may simplify your choice…
- Baby Wipes – Quick, clean and supplied in handy packs, baby wipes are great for getting grime off your pole. Baby wipes contain alcohol, which is what actually does the hard work of cleaning your pole. Do check they don’t contain moisturiser, or you’ll end up with a much more slippery pole than when you started!
- Glass cleaner – Some of my students swear by this to clean their poles. I’ve never used it myself though – do leave a comment if you have to let me know how you got on.
Do you know of any other good products to clean a pole? If so please add a comment below and let us know what you use – we’d love to hear from you!
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- Skin Self-Study Module – Did you know that beards are the fastest growing hairs on the human body? Some facts about skin from the Canadian Association of Wound Care.