Gratz Maintenance Workshop

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Learn how to clean, adjust and maintain your Gratz Pilates apparatus. Gratz's Russell Soder takes you through detailed and easy to follow instructions for keeping your Reformer, Cadillac, and Wunda Chair working like new. Russell covers basic and not-so-basic maintenance from how to change your springs, measure your straps and clean the wheels on the Reformer, to checking your Cadillac for wear and putting it together correctly, to oiling your Wunda Chair for squeaks, and more. NOTE: You can skip to the sections you need by clicking the Chapters menu in the top left corner of the video. For more DIY videos on taking care of your apparatus, check out our Apparatus Maintenance section. We've gathered the tools you'll need in a Studio Maintenance Kit available in our store.

What Others Are Saying


  1. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    My Gratz Reformer is really give hard time, please can you let me know the name of the product that I can by for lubricate. My Reformer have few months only.

    thanks you. Luz

  2. Alexandra Bohlinger
    Alexandra Bohlinger 6 years ago

    This video was very helpful, it assisted me to decrease the size of one of my handles on the reformer; it took me three tried but I did it! I feel proud of myself for trying and it would not be possible without this step by step guidance! Thank you Russell.

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Hey Everybody- just FYI- this video now has CHAPTERS. Click the upper left three little horizontal bars for the drop down menu. Click one and the video will go straight to that point in the video. No more trying to find stuff!
      Look for this function on all workshops and discussions- we are adding it to all but it will take a couple months : )



  3. 7 years ago

    Thank you for this super detailed and informative video!!!
    I wanted to add something that I did for the sqeaking of my push through bar which I thought would work and it did. I used baby powder with a very small paint brush and tried to brush it in as much as possible between the wood and metal. I thought that it would work better than oily lubrication since the wood might be soaking in the oil. I tried it about a 2 years ago and it hasn’t made a squeak since..!! Again thank you very very much for this video! Maria

  4. Andrea Maida

    Okay I thought I already left a comment here…well in that case it is long overdue.

    Thank you thank you thank you for this clear, comprehensive and super helpful video. My reformer is amazing after following these instructions and literally getting my hands dirty!

    And in true nerd form, I thought it might be helpful to have a shopping list of all the products and tools that Russell mentions in the video all in one place – so here goes:

    1-1/2 inch paint brush
    terry cloth rags – SEVERAL
    AGS white Lithium grease – got mine from amazon – OMG small tube is plenty forever I think
    1/2 inch wrenches + husband to go with them if possible…
    Method All Purpose Cleaner – Russell prefers French Lavender and so do I…this stuff is amazing on the tracks…
    Locktight Red (Threadlocker) – should you need to replace/remove foot bar cover
    Scotchbrite pads – fine
    3-in-1 oil
    small wire pipe brush

    I found most of the supplies at a small hardware store, at a large one you can probably get it all. had everything as well…
    Yay! Wheel cleaning party anyone?

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Andrea you’re a genius! We fully intend to break this looong video into sections so if say, you’re only wanting to clean your wheels, you can watch just that part. When we do I will make sure this list is plastered all over the video. 🙂

    • Lali 5 years ago

      Andrea, I like the way you think!

  5. Alisa Wyatt Author

    Alisa here again with my own personal daily cleaning tips: for the past ten years I have used 2 drops of tea tree oil ( 1 drop Lavender oil too if you want!) per 8oz bottle of water. I use this on all my equipment. Never had a crack or any drying.

  6. arlene
    arlene 7 years ago

    Hello, I have some questions concerning rust on the frame and on the springs. My new apparatus (cadillac is 2 months old and reformers are about 1 year old) is very rusty because my studio is right next to the beach. What can I do to slow down this out of control oxidation? I could keep replacing the springs even though the new ones would rust within a few weeks time, don’t think thats a sustainable solution. But also the rust on the frame is really bumming me out.
    Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

    • David Rosencrans 7 years ago

      Hi Arlene. Thanks for watching this amazing video from Pilatesology!

      Sometimes being near the beach requires a little extra maintenance for your apparatus. What we recommend is using Scotch Brite (fine and ultra fine pads) to take off the oxidization, then spray with WD-40 and wipe dry. This will provide a barrier from the humidity. Remember to wipe the WD off – you will still be leaving an adequate layer of protecting film, without being slippery.

      If you have any additional questions, please visit our maintenance section on our website here:

      or, feel free to email me directly here:

      • arlene
        arlene 7 years ago

        Thank you so very much for the quick response and expert advise, what a relief to hear there is something I can do to mitigate the rust on all my beautiful Gratz. I also wanted to thank you again Russell for your outstanding customer service especially on my last order when you went the extra mile and arranged to have the apparatus speedy delivered so it would arrive in time for my teachers workshop. You are the absolute best!
        Very Grateful,

  7. Ynowak 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for following up, I really appreciate it! Good to hear what everyone else is using.

    I have one more question, about breaking in the straps. Everyone I talk to says they will soften over time just from the oils in your hands. Still, they just feel so tight after 5 months! Any way to move the process along a bit safely?

  8. Ynowak 7 years ago

    I heard the recommendation to use Method to clean the upholstery once a month for deep cleaning. What is recommended for daily cleaning of the leather?

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Hi Yoly, I sent a note to Russell to ask about this–I’ll let you know when he writes back. I’ve always heard different things so I’m curious what the answer is!

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Here’s what Russell says for daily cleaning questions:

      “I wish I could give you an easy answer to this question. It is heavily debated amongst the upholstery manufacturers, teachers and technicians – but here is the official answer from the Naugahyde reps:

      For Light soiling:
      1. A solution of 10% household liquid dish soap with warm water applied with a soft damp cloth will remove most soiling.

      2. If necessary, a solution of liquid cleanser and water applied with a soft bristle brush. Wipe away the residue with a water-dampened cloth.

  9. lghammerle

    This was very informative. Very different than what is usually posted, but very much appreciated! Thank you!

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