Thursday July 20, 2017
How often have you been to the gym and seen someone that is really working hard, building up a sweat, using the equipment – but doesn’t wipe it down after he or she is done? Or they wipe it down with a towel that they just used to wipe the sweat from their forehead. How many times have YOU done this?
People spend time at the gym to get healthy. A clean facility can differentiate your business and keep members coming back. Smelly locker rooms, sticky equipment and dirty floors are a turn-off. Plus, warm, moist environments are ideal homes for bacteria, fungus and other illness-causing germs.
Effective cleaning of exercise equipment in health clubs and gyms involves more than simply applying an antimicrobial solution to the equipment. The question shouldn’t be “Which solution should I use?”, but rather “What is the most practical way to clean the equipment to maximize member health and satisfaction?”
Cleaning and disinfecting solutions may be sprayed directly on equipment surfaces, but a much better practice is the use of disposable pre-saturated gym disinfectant wipes, as they eliminate all chances of excessive gym disinfectant spray harming equipment, and overspray coating the floors of a facility.
Regardless of the application method though, physically removing microbes by wiping is as important, if not more so, than the actual antimicrobial effect of the chemical. Unlike re-usable towels, the use of disposable pre-saturated gym wipes allows the removed microbes to be safely discarded and prevents contamination of other surfaces.
Disinfectant solutions, such as gym cleaning supplies, are required to remain wet on a surface for a specific period of time. In order for disinfectant solutions to be effective, they require long soaking times – ranging from 10 to 30 minutes. Effective use of disinfectants is best done after hours or during off-peak times when the equipment can be left wet. This after-hours approach also minimizes overexposure of your membership to these harsh chemicals.
Keeping the floors of your gym clean is another important part of maintaining a healthy gym. For non-carpeted flooring, make sure to keep a broom handy to sweep up dirt and dust before it gets out of hand. Mop up any spills or sticky spots immediately. However, even with this basic maintenance, it is important to bring in a professional to move equipment and mats to thoroughly clean and sanitize the floors.
The amount of germs and bacteria on all the exercise equipment and other surfaces in your gym are enough to make almost anyone want to wear disposable latex gloves when working out. Since this isn’t feasible, it is important to make sure that your gym is using the proper cleaning supplies to keep the equipment clean and the clients healthy. A professional cleaning on a regular basis will also keep the floors, equipment, locker rooms and bathrooms clean and free of germs and microbes.