What are the four dirtiest places to be aware of when gym cleaning?

A facility centered around health and wellness, the gym is seen by many as a place to improve their physical fitness and wellbeing. However, it’s no secret that while members are lifting weights, sprinting on the treadmill or stretching out in a yoga class, they’re spreading germs around the facility, which can prove to be a major health hazard for other members and staff. Orbit Cleaning Services Australia offer tailored commercial cleaning services for a range of facilities, including gyms. Our team is always trained specifically to the venue they’re assigned, so you know you’re getting a thorough clean every single time. Due to our experience, we’ve listed below the 4 dirtiest places in your gym, so you know where needs extra attention to detail.

Yoga and Pilates Mats

Needless to say, yoga mats are a breeding ground for bacteria due to their absorbent nature and the way in which they are used. Being rolled up and out away in a cupboard as soon as they’re used, it’s easy to overlook cleaning yoga mats, especially because often, you can’t physically see dirt on the surface. Of course, it is recommended that gyms always ask their members to use a towel with their yoga mat to prevent coming in direct contact with the surface. However, this does not guarantee cleanliness, with sweat and germs still coming into contact despite the barrier from the towel. The team at Orbit Cleaning can make sure that proper attention is paid to mat cleaning, using custom cleaning products to ensure a thorough clean without compromising the condition of the mat.

Treadmills, Bikes and Ellipticals

It’s no secret that cardio makes you work up a sweat. However, it’s not a good thing if this sweat isn’t cleaned properly as it can prove to be a significant health hazard to gym members. Not to mention, cardio equipment can also hold a lot of dust, which, for people who have allergies and respiratory conditions, is just as dangerous as germs. For immediate spot cleaning, it is important to provide cleaning products for members to sanitise the equipment after use. However, a thorough clean can only be guaranteed by having professional cleaners tend to the equipment each day on a routine basis. Orbit Cleaning Australia offers daily routine cleaning and can come after hours or during quieter periods to ensure minimum interruption to you and your members’ day.

The Reception Counter

While this isn’t a piece of equipment that’s being used, the reception counter is a common gathering point for admin staff, trainers and members to chat, and is often overlooked as a main place where germs are spread. Many a gym-goer will unknowingly lean on the reception counter after a workout, transferring sweat and therefore germs onto a surface that will be immediately touched by someone else. Staff should be encouraged to regularly wipe down the counter with disinfectant to prevent a build-up of germs, however, a professional cleaner will have heavier-duty products that are able to cut through the day’s germs and ensure the front counter is fresh and clean for the next day.

Water Bubblers

The water bubbler is no doubt one of the most important elements of a gym so that members can quench their thirst after a gruelling workout.  When a person leans over to drink water out of a bubbler, although their mouth isn’t touching the bubbler, their saliva spills back over the spout that distributes the water. This means that the next person who drinks from the fountain will be exposed to germs and bacteria, putting them at risk of illness. Because water fountains can be difficult to clean correctly, it’s important to employ professional cleaners who have the correct tools and a high level of experience and training. The cleaners at Orbit Cleaning Australia are provided with specialised tools to correctly clean difficult surfaces such as water bubblers and are thoroughly trained in how to do so.

As we enter the cooler months, it is important now, more than ever to ensure your gym is thoroughly clean and free of germs and bacteria. Orbit Cleaning Services Australia are available to perform routine cleans at gyms, offering a tailored plan that speaks to any areas of concern you have at your premises. To book in for your routine clean, contact us on 1300 660 699.