We couldn’t be more excited that gyms and studios are beginning to open back up, but it’s important to acknowledge that just cleaning your gym or studio isn’t going to cut it these days.
Now more than ever, it’s vital that you’re not just cleaning your space, but you’re disinfecting as well in order to keep your staff and members safe.
Not sure what the difference is between cleaning and disinfecting?
Cleaning your space means that you’re removing germs and dirt from surfaces and objects.
Disinfecting is the process of killing germs on surfaces and objects.
Be sure you’re using solutions that are made specifically for gym equipment like Scrubs Gym Equipment Cleaning Wipes or Zogics gym wipes instead of DIY cleaners (like vinegar or bleach) because rubber floors, rubber handles, wood floors, resistance bands and other fitness items can be damaged by using incorrect products.
Cleaning & Disinfecting Your Gym
Cleaning is the prep work and disinfecting is the secret sauce.
· Before anything, it’s important to wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds before beginning to clean
· Ensure anyone who is cleaning & disinfecting are wearing PPE
· Start off by cleaning your equipment by wiping down all surfaces in the same direction to prevent contamination instead of working back and forth
· When you’re ready to disinfect, be sure to only use EPA registered disinfectants to ensure that all that hard work isn’t for nothing! These disinfectants have the EPA’s guarantee to kill those pesky germs you’re trying to get rid of.
· Consider hiring a cleaning crew to come in a few nights a week to use a fogging method to fully disinfect your facility
Keep It Healthy
Now that you’ve got the hang of the process, it’s important to implement a regular cleaning schedule and rules for your staff and members to abide by to keep everyone safe.
· Create a consistent cleaning schedule. One recommendation could be that once your facility closes at night, have the staff thoroughly clean before leaving for the night. Then before reopening in the morning, thoroughly disinfect everything with a special focus on the high traffic areas
· Replace your air filters more frequently than before. Although there is no scientific evidence that this will get rid of airborne particles, it will help provide cleaner, fresher air in your facility.
· Encourage your clients and staff wear face masks
· Firmly ask your members to clean all equipment after each use
· Ensure you’re fully stocked on hand sanitizer and antibacterial hand soap
But most of all, the best advice that we have to offer is that you make sure you’re always up to date on and following along with CDC’s guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting, too.
Cleaning and disinfecting is crucial for keeping your staff and members safe! Stricter and more thorough cleaning is the best precaution you can take when it comes to ensuring the health of your staff and clients.