EP.1 | What Type of Brush Are You Using On Your Barbells?
by Blaine Burgess
Sounds like common sense right? Time and time again I've walked into gyms and see people using wire brushes, brushes that aren't durable, or no brush at all on their barbells. If you want your barbells to stay in good condition in the long term, using them for 5-10+ years, using a brush to get the chalk, skin, blood, etc. will help keep the course.
Take chalk for example. How much chalk do your gym members use on your bars? When chalk is builds up in the knurling of the bar, then sweaty hands touch that bar, the oxidation (rusting) process is accelerated. By taking that chalk off the bar with a nylon brush, you can help mitigate this.
I've cleaned Rogue Power Bars, Eleiko Power Bars, Texas Power Bars, etc., and I have had great results with our black nylon stiff brush, coupled with our Bar Shield formula. By conditioning the barbell, and getting the chalk, skin, etc. out of the bar, we can increase the life of the bar.Starting off with a nylon brush of some sort such as the one in our kit is a great place to start. It won't damage or scratch your barbell finish, and if it's a stiff nylon, it should get most of the gunk out of the knurling. If you have a bare steel bar that has a bunch of rust caked on there, using a wire brush (stainless steel, brass, etc.) may give you a better result. Just be mindful to not scratch your bar if it has a zinc, black oxide, chrome, etc. finish.