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Gym Equipment – How to Maintain Your Gym

Owning a gym is a big responsibility. As a gym owner, one of your primary roles will be to keep your gym clean and well maintained all year long. If you own a home gym this is true, but it is arguably even more important if you own a commercial gym which is open to members of the general public. Owning a home gym, perhaps in a spare room or the garage, is tough enough when it comes to keeping equipment clean and maintained but a commercial gym will take things to a whole other level. Keeping a commercial gym clean and maintained isn’t about simply running the vacuum cleaner around once a week, or whenever you feel inspired to clean, nor is it about waiting until your gym equipment is on its last legs before you decide it might be time to replace it. Sure, you could run your gym that way, and we’ve no doubt that there are some gyms out there being run in that way but if you want to make your gym a success, that’s not the way to go about things. Here’s a look at how to clean, maintain, and care for your gym and gym equipment.

 

Clean daily

 

While it’s probably not necessary to clean a home gym daily, unless you want to of course, if you run a commercial gym then daily cleaning is essential. Your gym is open to members of the general public, and for the money they pay for a membership they will be expecting you to set certain standards when it comes to cleanliness and hygiene. Now, how you handle the cleaning is down to you. Some small gym owners will simply handle the cleaning themselves and will either come in early, or stay later in the evening to get everything clean and tidy ready for the next day of trading.

 

 

 

Others may simply hire cleaners to handle the cleaning for them. When it comes to keeping a gym clean, again, it’s not just a case of vacuuming the carpets, you need to keep it as clean and hygienic as possible. Move equipment, vacuum the floor, dust down the machines and equipment and wipe everything down with an anti-bacterial cleaning solution. Remember, bacteria thrives in warm, moist, dark conditions and as people work up quite a sweat when training, gyms can potentially be breeding havens for bacteria. Be sure to mop the rubber flooring with an anti-bacterial floor cleaner as well, as don’t forget to wipe down benches, handles, and other contact points like door handles.

 

Provide basic cleaning essentials and signs

 

Most commercial gyms will have cleaning stations scattered around the gym, along with signs politely asking members to wipe down the machines and benches when they are finished. Therefore, we recommend that you purchase some blue roll or kitchen roll, along with a basic anti-bacterial cleaning spray, and that you politely ask customers to wipe down gym equipment when they have finished using it.

 

Nobody wants to go to use a bench and to have to lay in a puddle of somebody else’s sweat because they couldn’t be bothered to spend 10 seconds wiping the bench down when they had finished. By providing cleaning essentials your members will basically help to ease the cleaning burden on you slightly and help to make the gym a little cleaner and more hygienic. While we’re on the subject of cleaning essentials, make sure you provide plenty of bins for the dirty paper towels to go, and be sure to empty the bins regularly.

 

Keep and read the owner’s manuals

 

Gym equipment is very complex and can be very expensive. While top-quality commercial gym equipment is indeed built to the very highest of specs, it still needs to be maintained and it can still break down and suffer damage due to general wear and tear. If you find that a relatively new treadmill worth several thousand pounds suddenly decides to stop working after a few months, the last thing you want is to have to shell out several more thousand pounds to replace it. Nor do you want to spend hundreds getting it repaired when it’s still in warranty.

 

The owner’s manual will explain about the warranty and what you should do if the product does sustain damage etc. Not only that, but owner’s manuals also provide info about how you can care for the equipment as well as trouble-shooting for identifying potential problems, and what you can do to hopefully rectify the issues yourself. This is where it pays to have a neat, tidy, and organised filing system in place. That way, if a piece of gym equipment does sustain damage, or does look like it’s struggling, you can dig out the owner’s manual for said equipment and take a look at what your options are.

 

Maintain equipment

 

If you look after your gym equipment, your gym equipment will look after you. There is never an excuse for dirty gym equipment, which again, is why cleaning is so important. Gym equipment should be cleaned daily as dirt, sweat, dust, and other detritus can cause damage to the machines and equipment, not to mention the fact that it could potentially be a health hazard. A non-abrasive anti-bacterial cleaning solution and soft cloth should be used to wipe down your equipment.

 

As well as keeping it clean, you should also ensure you keep it maintained. Machines for example, will need oiling regularly and nuts and bolts may need to be tightened regularly. Lubricating the equipment will help to reduce friction which will not only ensure that cable pulley systems work better, but it will also help ensure that they last longer before the cable needs replacing.

 

Inspect equipment regularly

 

When it comes to gym equipment, prevention is the best cure. Rather than spending money on replacement machines, it’s surely better to spend money on replacement parts when older parts are showing signs of wear and tear. If you can catch a potential problem early, you can get it taken care of before it becomes a bigger, more serious issue.