Should you be an optimist and expect your wooden rowing machine to last 10 years or more? Barring any unforeseen tragedies like a major collision, it is not unreasonable to expect a brand new rower to last 10, even 20 years—or more. That’s over a million hard strokes if you are an average rower, and also wear and tear. This preventative maintenance guide will help make sure your TOPIOM wooden rowing machine is kept in good condition and functioning at all times.

TOPIOM wooden rowing machine start up

In the first couple of weeks, the frame of your wooden rowing machine will adjust to the temperature and humidity of the environment.

During this period, it will only be necessary to perform these two simple start up procedures once or twice over the first month of use:

  • It is strongly advised that you gently tighten all the connecting bolts with the Allen key.
  • Additionally, it may be necessary to tighten the bungee cord to provide a vivid water rowing experience. Leave the handle in the full forward position and adjust the bungee/recoil belt buckle to provide a little more tension.

Three critical areas to maintain of a TOPIOM rowing machine

Let’s divide your rower mentally. It can be three critical parts. Each will require different actions.

A) The wooden frame. It is the foundation of this machine. The TOPIOM rowing machines are finished with a catalyzed conversions varnish. This gives a deep permanent finish to the wooden frame. Other than occasional dusting and polishing, the wood requires no maintenance.

B) The water tank and the components inside. This is where the lifelike rowing resistance form. Full the tank with ordinary Municipal Water. It contains Chlorine and other chemicals and can keep the tank free from bacteria and algae.

C) The moving parts. They consist of the:

  • 1. Seat and the wheels.
  • 2. Handlebar and the recoil belt.

These parts take the brunt of the wear and tear. They keep you feel comfortable or have a great experience while putting effort.

TOPIOM wooden rowing machine Regular Maintenance

Periodic maintenance is an integral part of keeping the rowing machine in good condition.

1. After each workout

Wipe down the handle, seat, rails and the wooden frame after every row. Keep them dry as possible.

2. Rubber bung(tank stopper)

It can fall out on occasion. If this occurs, all you need to do is reinsert it into the filling hole.

insert tank stopper

Weekly maintenance

1. Keep your rowing machine clean

Clean the top of the rails where the wheels run can prevent dust fouling the seat wheels.

Dust tank and belts regularly. You can run a damp towel along the surface and do the same to the rails.

Make sure you clean any residue on the wheel to avoid click or unusual sounds.

2. Checking your rowing machine function in good condition

a) Tighten all bolts. Inspect all the bolts along with the tank and rails assembly, ensure they are all secure.

b) Belt alignment. You can lift the end of the rower to check the alignment of the recoil belt. Sometimes, it can be derailed from the front pulleys due to over hard-use.

one belt aligned around the front pulley and another belt derailed from the front pulley

You can’t have the smooth recoil if it does. The handle will be sluggish. It can also cause the belt fraying.

The belt should run over each pulley correctly and smoothly. If the belt is off a pulley, simply adjust it as shown in the picture.

Wooden rowing machine Quarterly Maintenance

1. Check the tension of the recoil.

First pull the handle out of the handle rests then release it. The handle should slide smoothly and quickly all the way toward the forward riser pulley.

2. Water condition.

It is recommend to add 1 purification tablet every 3 months. If you need it, please email

purification tablet

When the water discoloration occurs, add a tablet immediately. If the tablet does not clear the cloudy water, then it may be best to replace the water.

water discoloration in a water tank of a rowing machine

Never use Chlorine Bleach in the tank as this will irreparably damage the Polycarbonate tank.

You should not use the purification tablets if you use the blue dye in your tank. This will cause the blue fade. Instead, please visually monitor water quality. It usually takes 6 months for discoloration of dyed water. That’s when it needs to be changed out.

blue dyed water  in a water tank of a rowing machine

Rowing machine maintenance in every 1 to 2 years

1. Test the monitor

monitor of topiom rowing machine

Review the monitor by turn it on, all readings should flash. It will register your stroke rate, strokes, distance and time.

If the monitor readings start to fade or are incorrect, the first thing you need to do is check the batteries are positioned correctly in the battery pack. Replace the batteries when necessary.

If the problem still remains, contact us at to get professional service.

2. Review the handle strap

If you notice the stitching or the nylon belt excessive wear, replace the handle. Under TOPIOM warranty, a natural wear belt can get a replacement. The warranty does not cover damage arising from improper use.

Before you perform this task, contact us at to ask for professional help.

3. Replace the bungee

bungee of topiom rowing machine

The bungee cord can lose its elasticity with long period of service. This will affect the recoil of the machine. It should be replaced when this happens.

Follow these 3 steps to replace the bungee:

  • a. Detach the bungee from the recoil belt
  • b. Remove the bolts on the rear spacer in order to take it off the rails.
  • c. Attach the new one just like before. Make sure you tighten all the bolts.

4. Lubricate your wooden rowing machine’s parts wisely

There is a constant battle being waged by the forces of friction against your moving parts while rowing.

Using an anti-corrosive compound lubricant can reduce corrosion.

In fact, a good cleaning is better than splashing on a lubricant.

Instead of lubrication, the oils can attract and hold dirt. It may actually hasten the wearing process.

Only lube the bearings when necessary. Places to treat are areas where unlike metals are in contact. After, remember to clean up the spills.

TOPIOM wooden rowing machine storage

a sketch map descending dimension of Topiom rowing machine in store and amplifying the transport wheels

To do so, lift the end of the rower and move it on the front wheels to the storage place.

Baby your wooden rowing machine, store it nicely.

a blue-dyed rower placed upright beside a television

How you store your rowing machine can have a big impact on your rower’s life span.

To store it properly, common sense is critical:

Avoid sun damage. Like any other wooden furniture, UV exposure can damage the appearance of your wooden rower and is ultimately irreversible.

Keep it clean and dry. It is necessary for you to keep your rower clean so that you can enjoy its long-term value. Please ensure that there is no dust build-up in the clutch and belt mechanism between the top and bottom decks. Start with dry dusting first with a rag. Use a vacuum to clean nooks and crannies is better.

Humid air will damage the wooden frame and accelerate the catalytic corrosion of metals.

Never store your rower outdoors for a long time, even you live in LA. The fibers in the wood will swell and contract as the moisture level in the air changes. This may cause the machine to squeak while you are rowing.

Use dust cover. We strongly recommend you have a dust cover on your rowing machine. It gives well protection to your rower, like insulated from blazing sun and dust.

dust cover of a rowing machine

Make sure it is in good condition before rowing

If your rowing machine performs unstable or makes unusual sounds, is the sign of it needs to be maintained.

You may take these actions to ensure your rower function well:

  • a) Dusting the rower. A rag is enough, you can damp it a little for clear build-up dust as much as possible. Use a vacuum if it is necessary.
  • b) Sure check. Over time and with use, bolts can come loose. the frame and metal will start to twist. Check the 16 primary bolts you are responsible for when you assembled the machine. Make sure they are nice secure.
  • c) Oil the bearings. If squeak still remains, lubricate it lightly. After that, you need to take a few strokes to feed the oil through the system.

Good Practice also maintain your rower

A few precautions can go a long way to maximize the life of your machine:

  • 1. Always use the machine on a flat surface.
  • 2. Use a non-slip, impact resistant mat while workout—it gives protection to both your rower and the floor.
  • 3. Rowing in proper posture is good for you and your rowing machine.
  • 4. Ensure you have plenty of space for both you and the rower.
  • 5. Make sure anyone who uses it is under the recommended weight limit—it could damage your rower and invalidate your warranty.
  • 6. After you finish your workout, you should store your rower in a dry room to prevent soggy issues.
  • 7. To maintain the appearance and integrity of your rower, it is important to keep the machine clean.

If anything goes wrong with your rower, please refer to troubleshoot or email for replacement parts.