How to Clean Trekking Poles

How to Clean Trekking Poles
Trekking poles help ease the strain of navigating rough and uneven terrain. They can also relieve pain in knee joints and leg muscles. Although trekking poles can be wiped down with a damp rag in a few simple strokes, you need to consider the inside of your poles as well. Bacteria, rust and dirt can build up around screws and expanders. Prevent damage to your trekking poles with proper maintenance and care.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wire coat hanger Damp rag
  • Wire coat hanger
  • Damp rag
Step 1
Use a damp rag to wipe down your trekking poles. Clean off any dirt or debris.
Step 2
Take apart your trekking poles. They should either have an internal expander, push-button or snap-lock mechanism.
Step 3
Clean the inside with a damp rag attached to a wire coat hanger. Avoid scratching or forcing the rag into the pole.
Step 4
Take off any retainer clips; clean the screw threads with a damp cloth. If stubborn rust stains persist on the screws, dampen your cloth with rubbing alcohol or WD-40.
Step 5
Replace any expanders or locking mechanisms if they appear rusty or damaged.
Step 6
Check for cracks around the pole's adjustment mechanisms while you clean. Call your manufacturer or retailer about a replacement section if you notice any damage.
Step 7
Keep your trekking poles dry and free from condensation. Moisture will cause rust and a build-up of bacteria.

Tips & Warnings

 
Read your manufacturer's directions on cleaning your specific trekking poles. Take your poles apart and let them completely air dry in between excursions. You can also use a Leki 14/16 mm Ti Cleaning Kit to clean trekking poles.
 
Read your manufacturer's directions on cleaning your specific trekking poles.
 
Take your poles apart and let them completely air dry in between excursions.
 
You can also use a Leki 14/16 mm Ti Cleaning Kit to clean trekking poles.
 
Do not use any kind of lubrication or abrasive cleaning products on your trekking poles unless instructed by the manufacturer.

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