How Can You Have a Cleaner Fitness Center? Three Tips

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    There are an estimated 30,500 gyms and fitness centers now open across the U.S., and the gym industry has been steadily growing over the past few years as more and more people see going to the gym as a valuable option to have. As of 2013, about 58 million Americans were accessing gyms and fitness centers.

    It’s a profitable, $22 billion industry to be a part of, and you may have recently opened your own gym. One problem you might encounter is the issue of hygiene. Good hygiene and cleanliness in a gym is very important — people will leave gyms that seem dirty and old.

    How can you keep your fitness center in tip-top shape? Here are three things you should keep in mind.

    1. Establish a Strong Policy

    Create a checklist of everything that needs to be cleaned, and establish a consistent schedule for getting it done. If employees are being instructed to stock the soap dispensers and change out the dirty towels, is it getting done? Conduct random audits to ensure that no one starts slacking off or sweeping dirt under the desk. Make sure everyone knows the correct procedure so that equipment is not ruined by errant cleaning sprays.

    2. Cleaning Rubber Floor Mats

    If you receive a gym mat during the winter, don’t unroll until it has adjusted to room temperature for a full day. Unrolling it when it is very cold can damage the coating. Mats should first be swept in order to remove grit that can wear them down. Rubber floor cleaning products can be used to keep surfaces hygienic quickly and easily. Be wary of using synthetic flooring materials not intended for rubber, as they could potentially damage the surface. Clean under the mats every once in a while, as well: over time, moisture and mildew can build up underneath.

    3. Encourage Clients to Practice Hygiene

    Although you’ll do your best to keep surfaces clean, it helps if gym clients are in on the act as well. Posts signs that remind clients that it is a good idea — for their own health, and for the health of those around them — to wipe down and sanitize their equipment when they are done.

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