Keep Your Gym Clean and Safe

Gyms can be hotbeds for the spread of germs and diseases. The warm environment and high amount of high touch surfaces make an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. It’s extremely important to have a routine cleaning schedule and be using the proper solutions and tools to make sure the facility is as clean as possible.

Download our sample fitness facility cleaning checklist here!

Crush germs and fight the spread of disease

Cold and flu viruses can live on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours while some stomach bugs, such as norovirus, can live on surfaces for over a month. The bacteria that causes MSRA can live on surfaces for weeks and has been known to thrive in locker rooms and gyms. The spread of these germs can be stopped by consistent cleaning and disinfecting of all high touch points on fitness equipment, mats, and weights.

Equipment cleaning - Having disinfectant wipes and sprays on hand for gym members to use before and after use of equipment will help to slow the spread of germs, but oftentimes, the germs aren't fully killed. Having scheduled times for staff to fully sanitize all touch areas on the equipment is important, as well as making sure wipes and spray bottles are accessible and stocked around the facility.

Floors - Make sure to vacuum frequently and quickly remove any spills. Backpack vacuums are an efficient and non-intrusive way for staff to remove debris from flooring throughout the day. Having rubber matting at the door and air movers on hand during the winter months will help keep members safe and from tracking in debris from the outdoors.

Have rubber floors in your fitness center? Rubber is a popular, durable type of flooring found in many gyms, but it can be tricky to properly clean. Read our 3-step process on rubber floor care.

Restroom/locker rooms - A clean restroom is important for any business. It's even more important for a fitness facility. Bacteria and germs can easily be spread in the restroom area, on lockers, benches, and floors. Make sure to sweep the floors of debris throughout the day, consistently disinfect handles and benches, and the showers should be regularly sanitized throughout the day to prevent mold and fungus. By implementing a color coded cleaning system for microfiber towels, buckets, mops, and other tools you can better prevent the chance of cross-contamination and the spread of germs.

Download our sample fitness facility cleaning checklist here!

Remember, a clean facility is a healthy facility

Your members are using your gym to improve their well-being and shouldn’t have to worry about the risk of contracting any type of infection. A dirty gym is not only unattractive, but also very unsafe. Keep your fitness center clean and healthy to avoid the spread of disease and to keep your members coming back.

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