Health And Cleaning Tips For Gyms in 2020

By Bernhard Mehl
August 12, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe, sanitizing and keeping things clean has never been more important. 

As businesses and public places start to reopen, it is essential that gyms and fitness centers focus more effort on hygiene and promoting tips to stay safe.

Gym Cleaning Checklist

If you run a gym, here are some important health and cleaning tips to implement in your fitness center. Follow this gym cleaning checklist and you can create a safer environment for both your staff and your clients. 

1. Do Some Research

First off, you need to do some research into the guidelines outlined by your specific area. Because some areas are COVID hotspots, the health regulations for gyms may differ between states. 

Therefore, it’s important to understand the exact laws and resources for gym facilities and fitness centers to follow in your specific location. 

2. Stock Up On Supplies

While the CDC provides a useful guide for disinfecting public spaces, you also need to look into suitable sanitizing products. You must stock up on disinfectants that meet EPA criteria. If you don’t do your research, you could end up with products that aren’t suitable for use against COVID-19.

Different surfaces within your gym may require different methods of cleaning. So, you need to consider what products you need for various pieces of equipment and the different surfaces that people touch within your facility. 

You will also need to consider the supplies and cleaning products that your staff and clients will need. These include things like hand soap, sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol), sanitizing wipes, as well as gloves and personal protective equipment (PPE) for your staff to wear when cleaning. 

3. Create A Cleaning Plan

Creating a comprehensive cleaning plan will help you and your staff to know exactly what needs to be done and when. In this plan, you need to prioritize all your gym equipment and surfaces so that you can clean and disinfect the ones that pose the most risk. 

Remember surfaces like doorknobs, bathrooms, and equipment hand grips, as these surfaces get touched a lot! Now is the time to consider installing touchless access systems to limit the number of surfaces people need to touch in your gym. 

In the cleaning plan, you should list your fitness center cleaning procedures and a schedule to stick to. Make sure that this plan keeps in line with the health regulations for gyms in your area.

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4. Disinfect Your Gym

Once you’ve made your plan, you need to actually implement it and start disinfecting. When it comes to cleaning your gym effectively, there are a few basic steps to follow. 

The first step before cleaning is to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use sanitizer with an alcohol percentage of at least 60%. Then you need to suit up in PPE gear to ensure your own safety. 

To disinfect equipment or surfaces with wipes, make sure that you only swipe in one direction. This will help to remove harmful germs rather than spread them back and forth. After you’ve cleaned with a wipe, it is recommended to use a disinfectant spray and leave the surface wet for a specific time (this depends on the product you use).

After disinfecting everything, dispose of your cleaning materials and PPE gear and wash your hands again for at least 20 seconds. 

5. Train Your Staff

Another important health and cleaning tip is to ensure that your staff is clued up on the necessary hygienic procedures. These procedures are very important in order to keep a safe gym environment for everyone. 

Keeping in line with your fitness center cleaning procedures, your staff should wash their hands with soap and water regularly or use hand sanitizer. They should also know how to clean the gym according to the guidelines mentioned above. 

6. Educate Your Clients On Your Gym Hygiene Policy

When opening your gym to the public, you can’t control everyone’s hygiene and habits. But, it is important to have a gym hygiene policy in place that your clients have to follow. 

Make sure that your clients know the rules before entering your gym so that you can mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 as much as possible. You can communicate with your clients through email and social media, as well as through clear signage within your gym. 

It might also be useful to implement a visitor screening system so that you can track exactly who enters your gym.

Final Thoughts

By following this general gym cleaning checklist, you can ensure that you have all the proper procedures in place to ensure a safe gym environment in the midst of a global pandemic.

Bernhard Mehl

Bernhard is the co-founder and CEO of Kisi. His philosophy, "security is awesome," is contagious among tech-enabled companies.