Since many people leave the gym smelling worse than when they entered, it’s not surprising that gyms and fitness centers sometimes struggle with odor control. If your equipment and studios are not properly cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis, the germs and bacteria that linger may produce musty, foul odors. So if you want to learn how to make your gym smell better, don’t waste your money on products that will only temporarily mask the odors by covering them with another scent. Use the tips below to truly tackle those off-putting odors so that you can please your current customers, keep new customers coming back, and get a leg up on the competition.
How to Make Your Gym Smell Better
Create and Maintain a Disinfecting Routine
First, it’s important to understand that the notorious odors associated with gyms are largely caused by bacteria that emit pungent gases. So if you’re wondering how to make your gym smell better, you’ll need to eliminate the lingering bacteria that are causing the issue. To do that, keep your facility clean and disinfected by scheduling regular sessions with a professional custodial team. Maintain a checklist of cleaning duties to ensure that no task goes forgotten, and check that the routine is being followed with care and attention to detail.
Why do we mention both cleaning and disinfecting? Cleaning only moves germs from one place to another; disinfecting actually eliminates those germs. For a product to be labeled and sold as a disinfectant, it must be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and proven to kill bacteria and viruses. Check that the products your custodial team is using have EPA registration numbers on their labels, clearly demonstrating that they are disinfectants.
In addition, to reduce those malodorous smells, place disinfecting wipes in easy-to-find spots so that your customers can use them to wipe down each machine after they use it. Emphasize the importance of using these wipes after every use so that your customers don’t neglect them. Hang signs clearly communicating your gym’s etiquette standards, and notify new patrons of this policy when they join your gym. If gym patrons are ignoring the wipes and leaving the machines sweaty, instruct your staff members to politely communicate your policy to repeat offenders.
Disinfect and Deodorize with a Germ Fogger
After your customers and employees have left for the day, use the original SafeSpace® Disinfectant Germ Fogger (since 2005) to further disinfect and deodorize the space. The ultra-fine mist can reach all those hard-to-reach spots that your custodians may have accidentally missed, eliminating microscopic health hazards.
To use the Germ Fogger, turn off any fans or air conditioning systems and close the windows and doors of the room. Ask anyone still inside the room to exit. Then, place the can on a flat surface near the center of the room, resting it on newspaper to catch any over-spray. Press and lock the total release lever, and then quickly exit the room and shut the door. Although you should wait at least an hour before reentering the room, we encourage you to let the room sit undisturbed for longer if you’re trying to tackle tough odors.
Avoid Dispersing Heavier Scents
You may be tempted to disperse a heavier scent in your gym, as some other businesses do; however, this can go over badly in a gym. People respond differently to scents, after all, and your carefully chosen scent may yield a negative reaction from some customers. For example, certain aromas can trigger headaches or even migraines in some people, and many people simply dislike certain fragrances. You’re also risking that the scent won’t match the space’s intended use. For example, lavender is known to have a calming effect on some people, so it’s probably not appropriate for a room used for high-energy spin classes.
Instead of emitting certain scents in your gym, focus on cleanliness and odor reduction. Your gym will smell fresh, clean, and neutral, and you won’t have to worry about it offending anyone’s nose.
Teach Customers How to Clean Their Gym Gear Properly
While your customers will inevitably become sweatier and smellier in the course of their workouts, they shouldn’t be arriving at the gym with stinky clothes. Unfortunately, due to its sweat-wicking properties, high-tech performance gear can become a breeding ground for gas-producing bacteria. Help your customers care for their athletic gear by sharing educational materials that explain how to properly wash and handle gym clothes. For more information, check out our post How to Remove Odor from Sports Gear.
In addition, you can actually spray our Auto Disinfecting & Deodorizing Mist in the Freshly Clean Scent (which is the same as the Germ Fogger) on hard-to-wash items like gym bags, yoga mats, weights, and shoes to eliminate odor-producing organisms. Consider setting this product out in common areas, such as bathrooms and locker rooms, so that customers can use it on their gear.
Whether you own a modest, one-room gym or an enormous fitness facility with weight rooms, locker rooms, yoga studios, and more, you don’t want the ambience to be tainted by the smell of sweat, stinky feet, and B.O. Instead, aim to foster a positive and welcoming environment that encourages customers to come back again and again, whether they’re a gym rat or a newbie trying to stick with their New Year’s resolutions.
If you need help tackling tough odors in your gym, contact the experts at SafeSpace. The SafeSpace Company is a family-owned small business proudly selling American-made germ foggers, auto disinfecting and deodorizing mists, and alcohol-free hand sanitizers. For more information about our products, contact us online or call us toll free at 1-800-735-2506. We would love to hear from you!
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