Dirty, sweaty-smelling equipment not only very quickly puts people off using it, it also puts those who are still prepared to touch this equipment at risk of contracting diseases from germs left behind by others. The necessity to clean gym equipment is therefore obvious. The question is how to clean gym equipment effectively without potentially caustic disinfectants harming users or deteriorating the plastic and vinyl used on equipment. Here is how.
The first step in keeping gym equipment clean and safe is to provide pre-moistened equipment wipes for the use of both gym users and staff in wall-mounted dispensers. This not only encourages people to use these wipes after every use, it also prevents them from spraying disinfectants directly onto sensitive electrical/electronic equipment.
How to clean gym equipment
When staff prepare to clean gym equipment, it is essential to use a non-toxic, material-safe disinfectant. A spray bottle filled with a simple solution of equal parts of distilled white vinegar and water will do the trick. When cleaning equipment you should follow these steps:
- Unplug any electrical/electronic equipment from its power source
- Spray the disinfectant onto a micro-fibre cloth
- Wipe the entire bench or machine down with the dampened cloth, re-wetting it as required
- Use a second, dry micro-fibre cloth to wipe the bench/machine down again
Dumbbells, kettlebells and weights come into prolonged contact with sweaty palms. As such, they are particularly prone to spread viral, bacterial and fungal infections. This risk can be minimised. Clean equipment with a solution made of approximately three litres of water (warm) and dish soap. Again, surfaces should be wiped down with a dampened micro-fibre cloth, then dried off with a fresh, dry cloth.
Health and safety
Gym owners are responsible for the health and safety of their staff and gym users. This means they must ensure equipment is clean and users are not at risk of personal injuries or contracting illnesses from dirty equipment. They must also ensure equipment is well maintained and in good, safe working order. Gym communal areas must be kept clear of hazards.
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If you contracted an illness or were injured in a accident at the gym which was not your fault, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (calls from a landline or mobile phone respectively). Contact Accident Advice Helpline today to learn more about making a compensation claim.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice