One of the biggest turn offs about gyms and fitness studios is the hygiene. In fact many people choose to workout at home simply because the thought of using a public space with sweaty individuals is just plain disgusting. Now, whether you’re a fitness studio owner, or just a gym-goer who wants to keep germs at bay, you know that being sick is no fun. It’s easy to get sick when we’re working out hard, particularly if we’re sweating profusely and sharing equipment with other people.
Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure your fitness studio is as clean and safe as possible!
1. Wash your hands before entering:
Thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water before entering the studio is respectful to other people who use the studio. It ensures that anything you touch is touched with clean hands at the very least.
2. Maintain equipment & hygiene:
Make sure all equipment is wiped down after each use. This includes treadmills, ellipticals, and weight machines. Use an appropriate disinfectant for your equipment and surfaces. Keep your equipment in good condition by regularly oiling or greasing moving parts to avoid rusting or corrosion.
3. Keep the floors clean:
Maintain a strict routine for cleaning of the floors—sweep them after every use and mop every day or two. Wash floors with a disinfectant once per week (more often if possible), then rinse well with warm water If you have carpeting in your gym, consider using a carpet cleaner to keep them as fresh as possible. Keep anything that touches the floor clean by keeping a broom and dustpan nearby so you can sweep up any debris as soon as it occurs—don’t let it sit long enough to attract pests!
4. Disinfect all water bottles:
Wash down all water bottles with hot water and soap before refilling them for customers’ use—and don’t forget about their caps!
5. Disinfect any personal items:
If there are any personal items lying around (like headphones or water bottles), make sure they’re disinfected regularly so that germs don’t linger on them for longer than necessary
6. Seal up any open areas of the studio:
This will ensure that no bugs can enter from outside or at least prevent a bug infestation (because bugs are everywhere!). The last thing you want is customers shrieking because of bugs while they are working out.
7. Check for mold in corners:
If it has been more than three months since your last cleaning, there may be mold growing in those damp corners, which is dangerous for you and your clients! Do a deep clean of your studio at least every quarter.
8. Make a cleaning schedule:
Have the cleaners clean and disinfect your locker room, sauna, whirlpool, bathroom and steam room thoroughly so your studio is a clean and hygienic place for your customers to come to.
Once you have your cleaning and disinfecting regime on point, make sure other functions of your studio are running smoothly. One of the best ways to do that is to invest in a studio management software like My Best Studio.