Gyms are popular places for people who care about their health and wellness, especially at the beginning of a new year when they set new fitness goals. However, no one’s goal is to get sick from unsanitary gym conditions. Even if you think your space is clean, your equipment can harbor bacteria and other harmful organisms. Removing these bacteria is one reason why your gym should regularly disinfect equipment. We explore this and other reasons below.
You expect your patrons to practice good hygiene in your gym—and many will. However, some won’t, and others don’t even know they’re sick. All these people will handle your gym equipment, and if one person has a virus, it can spread quickly to everyone who uses those same machines after them. While this isn’t quite on the level of an environmental health hazard, gyms and other gathering places can become superspreaders for sicknesses. Regularly disinfecting equipment helps to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.
Nobody wants to work out in a dirty gym, especially since dirt and bacteria can cause bad smells. A clean gym leaves a good impression on everyone, including new and prospective clients. A positive image can encourage people to recommend the gym to others and grow your clientele.
Gym equipment is usually expensive, and no gym owner wants to replace equipment prematurely. Disinfecting your equipment, as well as carrying out other maintenance activities, can help increase its lifespan. The longer your equipment lasts, the more money you’ll get out of the initial investment you made in it.
Gyms are public spaces, which means they’re subject to health and safety regulations. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in penalties or the revocation of your gym’s license. If you’re worried you can’t clean up to these standards or don’t have time to do so, contact professional cleaners. They can educate you on the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting and ensure your gym is ready for any health and safety inspections.
Your gym should regularly disinfect equipment to keep patrons healthy, display a positive image, maintain equipment, and pass inspections. Hire professional cleaners or regular janitorial staff for all these benefits. If you don’t have the budget for cleaners or more staff, provide detailed training for your current staff so they can clean properly.