Xenios USA® Product Care and Maintenance Guide
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A proper care and maintenance of the Xenios USA Products will make them last longer, avoiding damages and early wearing. To care and to maintain products on regular basis shall make them safer. A shortage of care and maintenance shall also result in to products warranty void.
All Products: a perfect maintenance of your Gear starts from some general basic rules. To follow such basic rules will prevent your Gear to early worn and/or to not be covered by the Xenios USA Product Warranty.
- Operation environment should be kept cleaned on a daily basis.
- Operation environment should be free of humidity and environment temperature should be kept within 10 to 40 C°.
- Workout tools have to be properly stored on Xenios USA racks by being first unloaded from weights.
- Most workout tools may be subjected to floor drop. For such reason, a workout area should be properly rubber coated. Xenios USA recommends the use of Rubber thick tiles or weight lifting platforms. To drop Bars, Ketllebells, Dumbbells or Bumper Plates on to concrete flooring shall void their warranty.
- Have care to drop only the Gear that was thought to bear such kind of work. To drop products that were not thought for that, shall result in to warranty void.
- Most Gear is not thought to be outdoor used and/or stored. Unless your Gear was made to bear the element, the outdoor usage and/or storage of the same shall result in to early worn and warranty void.
- Never use harsh soaps or aggressive detergents to clean your Gear. Chlorine, Acetone and similar chemical cleaning products may damage your Gear without having the chance to claim a warranty incident.
All Bolted products: all Xenios USA Bolted products need to be inspected on a regular basis. Although most of bolted items are equipped with self-locking nuts, a periodically inspection of bolts and nuts tightening is always recommended. Parts loosening shall result in breakages and thus warranty void.
All Powder Coated and/or Liquid Painted Products: painted and/or coated (liquid painted, powder coated, e-coated) products should be kept free of sweat, humidity, chalk and debris. Clean these kinds of products after any use with a soft and damp cloth, followed by a dry cloth. Found dents or scratches should be retouched in order to avoid rust to rise up from the underneath bare steel.
All Bear-Steel Products: some product may not feature any steel coating. Such “speal” products should be kept cleaned from sweat and humidity after any use. Should the steel got oxidized, it is duly recommend to remove the rust by using light sand-paper.
All Bars: shaft and sleeves surface should be kept cleaned from sweat and chalk on a daily basis. It is recommended to remove leftover chalk from knurling by using a soft cloth with a specific chalk cleaner on (such as the Xenios USA Chalk Off™). A slightly lubrication (weekly basis) is then recommended to form a patina on to the steel surface, that will protect the same from rust sport arising. To use a soft cloth to apply oil. The best kind of oil to be used is a 3-1 oil or a gun oil.
- Zinc Plating finishing; e-Coating; Power Coating; QPQ Finishing, Polished Chrome: do not try to remove leftover chalk by using hard brushes (such as steel or copper brushes). It will damage the finishing and thus rust could come out.
- Hard Chrome, NP Plating; Black Oxidized: hard brushes (such as steel or copper brushes) can be used to remove leftover chalk from the steel surface.
All Bars: Xenios USA Bars are all factory lubricated. Bearings and Bushings are both lubricated with a long-lasting water-proof grease. Furthermore some Xenios USA Bar feature self-lubricating Bushings. Depending on kind of working environment, Xenios USA Bars may need to be lubricated after some months using. Should sleeves start to show friction while spinning, it is recommended to lubricate the sleeve construction parts by spraying oil from the front-end opening. The best kind of oil to be used is a 3-1 oil or a gun oil. For a deeper clean and maintenance of bar’s sleeves, the same should be un-done from the bar’s shaft. In such cases it is always recommend to contact the Xenios USA Service team in order to learn how to proceed.
All Rubber, Neoprene, PVC, TPE, Urethane, Vinyl, Latex, made/coated/encased/molded Products: to keep them clean on a regular basis by using a slightly wet cloth.
All Neoprene, Nylon, Cordura®, Cotton, Polypropylene sewn Products: to follow washing instruction of each product’s label.
XFLOOR™ Range: all products that belong to the XFLOOR™ range need to be properly cared and maintained. Xenios USA recommends to carefully read the following Maintenance guide before cleaning an XFLOOR™ product.
- GENERAL INFORMATION
Even though the Xenios USA XFLOOR™ Products are thought to reduce maintenance procedure, a constant care of a sport flooring is the key to let it last as longer as possible. Moreover a constant cleaning of the same flooring is the key to reduce odors and bacteria growing. All kind of XFLOOR™ Underneath Acoustic and/or Anti-vibes mats and/or tiles, will not require any kind of maintenance and/or cleaning. All XFLOOR™ “TATAMI” series will not require any kind of maintenance but a constant cleaning of the surface (that should be done just by hovering it and then cleaning it with slightly dump cloth without adding any kind of aggressive detergent that may damage or corrode the surface of the “TATAMI”). All rubber-made XFLOOR™ products need either to be cleaned on a regular basis and to be slightly maintained. One of the best feature of rubber floorings is the fact that it is extremely durable and low maintenance. Most liquids do not stain or damage the surface, and it is relatively difficult to damage the material with physical impact due to its resilient yet yielding nature. It is also resistant to burns (some of the XFLOOR™ rubber flooring also carry an anti-fire certification), and do not allow the growth of mold or mildew to occur. It is always recommended to read and follow all XFLOOR® products warranty chart, in order to exactly know what a flooring is made for. For example: even though all rubber flooring (especially the thick-tile-made ones) are thought to bear weight-drops kind of training, the drop of sharp objects may result in to floor breakages and warranty void.
- RUBBER FLOORING MAINTENANCE
The most common maintenance issue to be faced with a rubber flooring, it concerns dirt and small debris, that can be trekked into spaces by shoes and boots, or blown in through windows and air ducts. This concerns a natural occurrence, that can be cut down to some extent through the use of place rugs at the entrance and exit of every room. Unfortunately, these small specks can be quite abrasive, and if not removed they can wear down the finish of the floor over time. Cleaning this debris is a simple matter of sweeping, or vacuuming it up on a regular basis. The frequency will depend on how often the space is used, and the manner in which it is used. The more often you undertake this one simple maintenance chore, the longer your rubber floor will be able to maintain its original luster and shine. Lasting of the rubber finishing: rubber is a material that can get worn by the use, so, a loose of the original matte and row surface, in favor of a smoother and shiner one is to be considered totally normal with rubber material. When a recycled black rubber flooring raw material has been colored from the origin (so without using naturally colored EPDM granules), the use of the same may result in to color fading and it will not be covered by the Warranty. All rubber flooring made of molded rubber granules (usually all thick tiles flooring) may release, from time to time, a quantity of small rubber granules. The same could be found either on to the floor surface or close to the floor’s borders. Such granules are to be considered as a normal wearing of the rubber tiles and they could be removed just by hovering and/or brushing. All XFLOOR™ “ECHO” items, made with rubber granules, are even more subjected to such kind of wearing process and they may show some leftover granules since they are brand-new. To use on such “ECHO” flooring, of sharp objects or to perform exercise like the “Jump Rope Double Under”, may result in to an increment of such left over rubber granules.
The Xenios USA “EVO” Weight Drop tiles may feature small surface smooth spots. Such spots are usually coin-sized and they are a side-effect of the production process of such smooth-surface rubber flooring. Such spots use to fade out by the use of the flooring. Such spots are considered normal and they can’t be cleaned away as well as claimed under warranty.
All Xenios USA “Rubber Roll” flooring, due to their manufacturing process and raw material density, may be subjected to size changes upon environment temperature changes. All rubber rolls can get longer, shorter, wider or narrower up to environment conditions changes. This effect can be reduced or eliminated by installing the rubber rolls by using rubber flooring glue (always read carefully installation manuals of any XFLOOR™ Product). Rubber Rolls size changing is considered normal and not covered under warranty.
- RUBBER FLOORING CLEANING
- 3.1 INITIAL CLEANING
After a rubber floor is installed, it shouldn’t be cleaned in any way for at least 72 hours. It is necessary to wait the adhesive holding the sheets or tiles in place to get a firm, set hold. After three full days the installation can be considered as completed and thus the floor can be treated normally, with the following basic cleaning instructions.
- 3.2 ALL-DAY CLEANING
Before to wash any XFLOOR™ surface it is always recommended to remove dust and debris by machine-vacuuming. Please be aware that the use of “Chalk”, especially on rubber-made flooring, may result in to no longer removable stains. That’s due to a particular chemical reaction between chalk and rubber. If you get a nasty set in stain on your rubber floor a mop can be used to wet wash it without having to worry about damaging the material. Just make sure that any cleaning agent that you use is not acidic, acetone or chlorine based, and that it does not contain turpentine. Those substances can all stain a rubber floor, causing permanent and irreparable damage, that will not be covered under warranty. For an inexpensive and all natural rubber floor cleaning and sanitizing solution you can mix one cup of white vinegar into a gallon (about 4 liters) of hot water. This mixture can be applied with a mop, sponge, or cloth in order to clean and disinfect the floor. Add a squeeze of lemon, or a few drops of the essential oil of your choice to the concoction for a fragrant effect. It is always recommended to test all cleaning solutions and products on to a small area before to go for the whole flooring. Should your own rubber flooring get damaged by the cleaning compound, do not go for the whole surface. Should you use a washing machine to periodically clean your rubber flooring, just make sure that it operates at less than 350 revolutions per minute and it features a proper soft brush. A not proper washing machine may result in to Rubber Flooring damages that are not covered by the warranty.
- 3.3 RUBBER FLOORING WATER CONCERNS
Unlike some flooring materials, rubber is not affected by moisture and can be safely immersed in water for cleaning and mopping. When done allowing the water to air dry is perfectly fine, and will allow the floor to finish with a lovely streak free finish. The only concern that you may have to consider with rubber flooring is if it is installed over a plywood subfloor. If that is the case, then allowing standing water to sit on the seams in between tiles may lead to moisture leaking down, causing the subfloor wood to mold or rot. If you are aware of this during installation then a vapor barrier underlayment can be installed in order to protect the subfloor.
- 3.4 TIPS AND TRICKS
An inexpensive way to treat a rubber flooring and to let it goes back to its original glow and shining, concerns the use of a home-made conditioner made by mixing one cup of fabric softener into a gallon (about 4 liters) of water, and mop it on the floor. This should help to restore some of the original glow that the flooring had if done on a regular basis. It is always recommended to test all cleaning solutions and products on to a small area before to go for the whole flooring. Should your own rubber flooring get damaged by the cleaning compound, do not go for the whole surface.
- 3.5 THINGS TO AVOID WHEN CLEANING A RUBBER FLOORING
Any acidic or acetone and/or chlorine based chemical cleansers, or any solution that contains turpentine. Scouring pads, and steel wool sponges can slice and scar the surface of the rubber, damaging it during the cleaning process. Evidences of damages due to the use of unsuitable cleaning solutions and/or cleaning tools, will result in a warranty void. Should you need to perform any kind of decoration or wall-work / wall painting within the place where the rubber floor is, it is always recommended to remove it before to start work, or, just in case the floor could not be easily removed, to protect it with clothes or nylon sheets. Should the rubber floor get dirty due to the lime and/or painting debris, do not use water to clean at first. Start by cleaning the rubber surface with a hovering machine and then with an air-compressor machine. Use the air stream to swipe the debris out of the floor. Should some white debris still be there, use a water-jet machine in order to force the same out of the rubber surface. The use of water at first, will not clean the rubber floor. The white powder come from the decoration job will get in to the rubber pores and it will be no longer removable.