If you’ve made a habit of going to the gym, chances are you value your health. That’s why it can be extremely frustrating when you catch a bug from exercise equipment that hasn’t been cleaned properly. Viruses can be airborne, or they can be transported through bodily fluids, including sweat. So the next time you touch that damp dip bar, think twice and reach for the disinfectant. Whether you own a gym, work at a gym, or visit the gym, use the tips below to learn how to disinfect a weight room.
How to Disinfect a Weight Room
Tips for Employees
As a gym employee, you play an important role in keeping gym patrons healthy. This responsibility shouldn’t be taken lightly because the more that germs are transferred at the gym, the further they can spread throughout the community at large. Gym employees should complete the following tasks to keep the weight room clean:
- Wipe down commonly touched surfaces in the weight room. In addition to cleaning exercise equipment, remember to wipe down water fountains, TV remotes, lockers, doorknobs, etc. Only use cleaning agents that are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). At SafeSpace, we proudly list our EPA registration numbers on our website so that you know we produce safe, effective cleaning products.
- Read your disinfectant’s label carefully. While it can be human nature to throw away manuals and ignore product instructions, it’s important to understand the product you’re using. Carefully follow the instructions, and take the precautions described.
- Provide hand sanitizer. Not everyone comes prepared to the gym, so keep some hand sanitizer in plain sight in several convenient spots. Check the bottles frequently and refill them when needed. Be sure to select an alcohol-free hand sanitizer so that it doesn’t dry out your patron’s hands. Not only is cracked, peeling skin uncomfortable, but it can also increase your risk for infection by providing points of entry for germs and bacteria.
- Top it off with a disinfectant fogger. For an added layer of protection, clean the weight room with SafeSpace’s Disinfectant Germ Fogger once a week. During cold and flu season, consider using the fogger two to three times a week. This product can kill 99 percent of the germs responsible for colds, flu, staph, MRSA and many other viruses, bacteria, and fungi. To use the germ fogger, close any open windows or doors and turn off fans and air-conditioning units. Ask all people to leave the room, and place the fogger on a few sheets of newspaper in the center of the space, ideally on a raised surface like a table or bench. Shake the can, set it down, and push the button until it locks. Quickly leave the room, and allow the fogger to work its magic for an hour or more. When you return to remove and dispose of the product, the powerful mist will have disinfected and deodorized the space and all its reachable surfaces.
Tips for Weight Lifters
As a weight lifter, you can’t rely on the gym staff to keep the machines and equipment clean every minute of the day. It’s important that you also understand how to disinfect a weight room. To protect yourself from germs, take the following precautions:
- Follow the gym’s rules. All gyms have rules for patrons to prevent the spread of germs. Check your gym’s rules to be sure you’re abiding by their guidelines.
- Wipe down all machines and equipment after use. This ensures that the next person using the machine or equipment doesn’t have to touch your perspiration. Clean all areas of the machine and equipment that touch your body.
- Carry your own wipes. Most gyms provide disinfectant sprays, towels, and/or wipes so that patrons can clean the equipment after every use. If you don’t trust that the provided products are clean and sanitary, however, take away the guesswork by bringing your own wipes.
- Wash your hands before and after working out. Every time you work out, you need to wash your hands properly. Use soap, lather up, and rub your hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing off the soap.
- Use hand sanitizer. This is important for extra protection or if you are unable to wash your hands. Use an alcohol-free hand sanitizer so that your hands don’t dry out and welcome in germs and bacteria.
- Don’t go to the gym if you are sick. Your body needs rest to recover, and you can infect others in the weight room. Stay home until you are well and no longer contagious.
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