How to Clean Indoor Climbing Holds

How to Clean Indoor Climbing Holds
Climbing holds at your home gym can get caked with chalk, skin, blood and grime, which makes them slick and difficult to hold onto. Thus they should be cleaned regularly.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • White vinegar Water Liquid dish soap Buckets for soaking Dishwasher (optional)
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Buckets for soaking
  • Dishwasher (optional)
Step 1
Take your holds off the wall.
Step 2
Place holds in a solution of 1 part white vinegar, 1 part hot water and a few squirts of dish soap, and soak them for 10 to 20 minutes.
Step 3
Remove holds from bucket and scrub heavily caked areas with a scrub brush.
Step 4
Place holds in dishwasher and run on a heavy cycle.
Step 5
Take out and air-dry before putting them back on the wall.

Tips & Warnings

 
You can also soak your holds in a mixture of water and Simple Green or a citrus-based cleanser.
 
Make sure to get all the soap and vinegar off your holds, lest they end up slippery. Also them completely before putting them back on the wall.

Article Written By Lizzy Scully

Lizzy Scully is a senior contributing editor for Mountain Flyer magazine and the executive director of the nonprofit Girls Education International. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from University of Utah and Master of Science in journalism from Utah State University.

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