With the ever changing flu virus, we have become more and more concerned with taking extra precautions regarding the products we use and how sanitary they are.
A common misconception spread by many is that wood ballet barres are unsanitary, this is simply not true. Although there are not many studies out there directly about ballet barres, there are studies regarding wooden products such as cutting boards and utensils. “Studies have shown that wood can actually be more sanitary in the long run.”
Wood is one of the oldest materials used, and is naturally more antibacterial than any man-made material. Bacteria will sink below the surface where they are unable to multiply and eventually die off. However, this doesn’t mean you should not clean your ballet barres regularly.
Like most items that receive heavy use we recommend cleaning your ballet barres daily. You can clean them with an all natural wood cleaner such as, Seventh Generation, Honest, or Method. Simply spray the cloth with the cleaning product and wipe down the barre the same way you would clean a table. If you prefer to use cleaning wipes that is okay too!
At this point you are probably thinking, won’t all this cleaning dry out my barres? The answer is no. During use, the natural oils from hands will create a warm patina around the barre helping prevent the barres from drying out.
If you are still apprehensive, we totally get it. You can always put a clear polyurethane coat on the ballet barres upon arrival, and continue with the regular cleaning.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us.