How to Clean Peloton Bike Properly: A Quick How-to Guide! [+ VIDEOS]


If someone came to you and asked for advice on how to clean a car, what would be your response?

I’m sure you’ll be confused about the specific procedure since there’s no standard way to clean anything.

Well, the same applies to maintaining and cleaning your Peloton. Every user has their own preferred way to do it. 

The Problem at hand – How to Clean Peloton Bike

It’s only obvious that you should know what you’re dealing with before curating a potent solution. Sweat is your number one enemy on a Peloton.

To make it worse, it’s one of the ultimate measures of a substantial workout. Without which, you may still be marinating in your comfort zone. 

Sweat contains two concerning ingredients- salt and water. Both of which can dent your paint over time. Consequently triggering the onset of rusting.

You sweating only becomes a problem when it comes in contact with the bike. Contrary to popular belief, both metals and non-metals can be negatively impacted by this gross liquid. 

When sweat collects on any surface, and over time, it brings along grease and this tends to make it stick. Possibly form a layer that only attracts more foreign substances. Therefore, it’s safe to say that the frame, handlebars, seats, screen, and pretty much the entire bike is vulnerable. 

Dirt, moisture, grime, and hair are other impurities to watch out for. Worry less for you are about to get a fix, or two, or more. Point is, in the end, you’ll settle for an ideal cleaning regimen. 

The Solution

In this article, I’ll outline the best techniques that I along with other Peloton users employ to clean the equipment. Before that, how about we discuss how to reduce the amount of dirt that gets to your bike?

This not only mitigates potential damage to the expensive machine but also reduces the amount of cleaning that has to be done on a regular basis. 

Prevention is better than cure

It may be counter-intuitive, but I’m actually asking you to sweat as much as you can. Then, consider the following three products that you may already have to collect the sweat before reaching the bike:

  • A set of Microfiber Gym Towels

Yes, a set. You need to have at least two of these. Why? To ensure that none is too saturated until it becomes sopping wet. Most vendors sell a pack of high-quality microfiber towels for cheap. Keep it next to your bike or on the handlebars. Use them to wipe off sweat from your body before it drops on the bike. 

Alternatively, you can purchase a towel rack for Peloton like this one on Amazon and install it on the handlebars for additional convenience. This is step number one to ensure that sweat doesn’t hit the bike.

  • A headband

For just over 10 bucks, you can pick up a set of 4 workout bands like these on Amazon. Not only do they make you like a pro, but they also do an excellent job at absorbing sweat from your scalp. This prevents droplets from hitting the screen and flywheel. You can also wash and dry them quickly. Again, keep the spare ones next to or on the bike. 

  • Gloves

Some Peloton classes do require weights, which come with the bike. A pair of gloves would be ideal to improve grip on the dumbells. However, that can also be used to absorb sweat from your arms. If you are one of the few people whose hands don’t sweat, then skip this. Otherwise, a pair of high-quality workout gloves would be great for multiple usage scenarios.

Depending on your preferences, you can get any of these full-finger or half-finger gloves on Amazon. These protect the handlebars from the inevitable wear and fading from constant sweat and friction as you ride.

  • An exercise bike mat

Placing a mat under your Peloton is certainly ideal to protect your floors. In addition, mats tend to attract dust particles more than the bike’s frame does. Combine this with their noise-absorption capabilities and it’s a huge plus. Most Peloton bike packages include a Peloton mat for these reasons. 

Once all these measures are in place, you still need to clean the Peloton bike. How to do it follows next.

How to clean your Peloton bike – Frame

First off, avoid abrasive cleaners as recommended by Peloton. These tend to leave physical imperfections that worsen with repetition. The following are the different methods to clean your Peloton:

  • Wiping with a damp cloth

This is the simplest, cheapest way to clean a Peloton bike. 

What you need:

  1. Water
  2. A bowl/ bucket
  3. A pair of soft microfiber cloths


Step 1: Add some water into your bowl or bucket 

Step 2: Soak the microfiber cloth in the water 

Step 3: Squeeze out all the water to remain with a damp cloth

Step 4: Gently and systematically wipe the frame from top to bottom

Step 5: Repeat step 2 and 3 as you collect more dirt

Step 5: Allow a few seconds for the water too evaporate 

Step 6: Dry the entire frame using the dry microfiber cloth(s) until the bike has no water stain marks

  • Using a cleaning agent

The first tactic is only good for basic results. However, you can take this a step further by using a cleaning chemical. 

What you need

  1. A non-reactive equipment cleaning agent: OdoBan Multipurpose Cleaner( Eucalyptus or Lavender scent) or Zero Odor Multi-Purpose Household Odor Eliminator
  2. A soft microfiber cleaning cloth( pack of 12)
  3. A set of microfiber cloths


Step 1: Spray the cleaning agent on the cleaning cloth and let it absorb

Step 2: Gently wipe the bike’s frame in a circular motion until it’s squeaky clean 

Step 3: Repeat step 1 and 2 in close intervals as you advance through the entire bike

Step 4: Gently rub the entire frame with a dry microfiber cloth for a glossy finish 

  • Using wipes

While this is a solution you may already be using for other cleaning purposes, it works just fine for your Peloton too. The only problem is you’ll have a ton of waste to dispose of. If this is not an issue for you, let’s jump to how you do it.

What you need

  1. Baby wipes/ Clorox wipes ( 72 pieces in a pack)
  2. A set of microfiber cloths


Step 1: Pick a sheet of wipes, one or two stuck together 

Step 2: Gently wipe the frame in a circular motion until it feels clean. You can tell!

Step 3: Let the bike dry 

Step 4: Gently rub the entire frame with a dry microfiber cloth for a glossy finish

How to clean your Peloton bike- seat and handlebars

Either of the outlined techniques can be used to clean the seat and handlebars. However, you may consider investing in a handlebar cover or a seat cover. This way, you can always remove them and wash them. Even better, you can get a pair of each so that you always have one installed. They are easy to wash and quick to dry. 

How to clean your Peloton-  touchscreen

The display is probably the most noticeable part of the bike. Due to its touch interface, fingerprints and grease are likely to stick. Over time, these can build and potentially affect its sensitivity and your overall experience. You already know that using water is not an option here. However, we found two clever alternatives. 

  • Using baby wipes

What you need

  1. A set of baby wipes 
  2. A set of microfiber cleaning cloths


Step 1: pick a sheet of baby wipes 

Step 2: Gently wipe the screen in straight alternate lines 

Step 3: Gently follow through with a dry cleaning cloth to achieve a clear finish

How to clean your Peloton – removing stubborn dust, debris and, hair

The space between the pedals and belt guard is notoriously unreachable. That’s why it collects a ton of dust, debris, and hair over time. You can’t let this happen. Therefore, it’s important to clean this area at least once a week. The following are two ways to do that:

Using a vacuum cleaner

This is the easiest way to clean this area. Simply point a handheld vacuum cleaner like this one over the space to collect all the debris. Repeat the same procedure while pointing the device under the caving. 

Using a wipe and a chopstick

In case you don’t have a vacuum cleaner, a wipe and a chopstick is an easy DIY hack. Wrap a fresh wipe around a long chopstick, or a similar object.

Poke into the space between the pedals and belt guard to remove any impurities. Repeat this process as often as needed until the wipes fail to pick up anything. 

Remember we said that we must try and reduce the amount of dirt that reaches our Peloton bikes? Turns out, that cleaning your Peloton goes beyond the bike itself. It includes cleaning the following other items:

How to clean the Peloton mat

What you need

  1. A cleaning cloth 
  2. An all-purpose cleaner 
  3. Water 
  4. A cleaning bowl


Step 1: remove the mat under your Peloton bike. Seek help for the equipment is quite heavy

Step 2: lay the mat on a flat surface 

Step 3: Fill the bowl with water, half-way

Step 4: Soak the cleaning cloth in the water

Step 5: Gently squeeze the cloth to remove excess water. Note that it must carry enough water to wet the mat

Step 6: Wipe the mat to remove any dust, debris, or hair.

Step 7: Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 for the other side of the mat

Step 8: Empty the bowl and rinse it with clean water 

Step 9: Refill the bowl with clean water, quarter-way 

Step 10: Add some all-purpose cleaner into the water and mix with your hands until it lathers

Step 11: Soak a dry cleaning cloth into the mixture and squeeze out excess water

Step 12: Wipe the mat to distribute the soap

Step 13: Wet another cleaning cloth in plain water and rub it on the soapy mat 

Step 14: Repeat steps 11, 12, and 13 for the other side of the mat

Step 15: Let the mat air dry

How to clean Peloton shoes

I’m assuming that you normally do this, the stench, eew! A refresher is always good though. I’ll not talk about how to clean the inside of your shoes, I’m sure you have a procedure for that. What I will cover, however, is how to ensure that the exterior doesn’t contaminate the bike. 

First off, try and store your spin shoes in the same room as the bike. This way, you’ll avoid stepping outside, and thus, collecting dirt. Personally, I find it difficult to walk with my Look-Delta cleats so this is never an issue. 

On the other side, some people use the same pair to also ride their regular bikes outside. Dust is inevitably brought into the house and bike.

In simple terms, make it a routine to wipe your shoes whenever you are coming into the house. Whether or not you’ll be riding with them on the Peloton sooner or later. 

What you need

  1. A cleaning cloth 
  2. Water 
  3. A cleaning bowl


Step 1: Add some water into your cleaning bowl

Step 2: Soak your cleaning cloth into the bowl. Squeeze it to release as much water as possible

Step 3: wipe the outer part of your shoes using the damp cloth 

Step 3: Use a dry cleaning cloth to gently dry the shoe

Step 4: Repeat procedures 1, 2, and 3 for your outsole. 

How to clean a spin bike

This is for all non-Peloton users. The same cleaning techniques may be used on any other spin bikes. Provided it’s non-abrasive, it should work just fine!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

#Can I use Clorox wipes on my Peloton?

Yes. Clorox wipes are gentle, easy to use, kill 99% of germs, and leave the bike clean.

#How do you clean a Peloton yoga mat?

Clean your Peloton yoga mat with a soft cleaning cloth and water. Simply soak the cloth in water and use it to gently wipe the mat. Add some all-purpose cleaner into the mix for a fresher scent that kills sweat odors. 

#Do peloton bikes need maintenance?

Yes. Peloton bikes must be cleaned regularly, lubricated and loose parts tightened. You’ll also need to replace worn-out pedals as part of routine maintenance to keep the bike in good working condition. 

#Can you move your Peloton bike?

Yes. The bike has a pair of caliper wheels on the front stabilizers to make moving easier. Due to the unwieldy nature, you may need someone to help you. Simply tilt the bike so that the moving wheels are in contact with the ground. From this position, you can steer it room-to-room.

#Does replacing pedals void the Peloton warranty?

Yes. But only for the pedals. All other supporting parts will be insured of defects or malfunctions. 

Bottom Line

Make it a habit to clean your Peloton bike after every use. Once in a while, you may do an overhaul cleaning of all parts that are not typically reached. This keeps your expensive piece of equipment in great condition. It’s good for you and for the resale market should you want to replace it in the future for a better bike. 

Thanks for reading to the end. We are delighted to offer you more tech and fitness content on the site. Do check them out. Until next time my friend, stay fit! Bye.

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