Gym germs are troublesome, but Gym Wipes® can get a grip on the grime
You may have invested in some dazzling décor and state-of-the-art equipment for 2018 that will have new members flocking to your facility. However, be mindful that perspiration drops won’t keep your kit sparkling for long, or your clients smiling. No matter how exciting your equipment may be, or how close your gym community is, nobody wants to share sweat. Thomas Dolan, director of sales for gym wipes manufacturer 2XL Corp says, “One of the biggest consequences of dirty equipment is unhappy members,” and those consequences also reach well beyond aesthetics.
The spread of germs and viruses through contact with equipment is a serious health concern. A recent gym study showed that free weights can harbour over 300 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, and that that bacteria, predominantly gram-positive cocci and gram-negative rods, can cause skin infections, pneumonia and even septicaemia. Where surfaces and equipment are regularly cleaned however, there is significantly less absenteeism, among members and staff, with the probability of catching the common cold and influenza reduced by 80%, and virus transmission by up to 60%. Bacterial residues are not only harmful to gym users, but also the equipment. Oil and dirt left behind can interfere with sensors that track heart rate and performance, as well as lead to the deterioration of equipment padding.
The approach to maintaining gym cleanliness needs to be a realistic one. Most fitness facilities don’t have the staff required to clean each piece of equipment after every use. Instead, they rely on members to wipe down their machines when finished by offering either spray cleaners or wipes. Both can be effective, and users are generally responsible and willing to take control of their workout environment, but good hygiene education and appropriate products can make all the difference. At Boutique gyms we hasten to add that an old towel in its fourth week of use without so much of a whiff of fabric detergent cannot be included! We are shocked to testify to the existence of these nationwide.
A perfect solution for most fitness suites is 2XL Corp’s Gym Wipes®, the industry’s leading sanitising wipes. They are pre-moistened to consolidate the spray and wipe into one action, and conveniently pre-saturated with correct levels of disinfectant and guaranteed to cover more surfaces evenly. The EPA registered formulas kill 99.99% of bacteria, viruses and fungi, without the use of harsh chemicals. The soft wipes are alcohol and ammonia-free for gentle cleaning, and have the lowest residue formulas on the market, making them safe on electronic panels, streak free and environmentally friendly.
Gym Wipes® are recommended and certified by leading equipment manufacturers Cybex, Keiser, Life Fitness, Matrix Fitness, Precor, Pulse Fitness, Scifit, Star Trac, True Fitness and Woodway, and come with an impressive range of stands and dispensers to keep your facility looking clean and stylish. To give your dispensers the status and identity they deserve, there is also a bespoke branding service offered by Boutique gyms, exclusive stockist of Gym Wipes® products.
Whatever your choice of gym cleaner, be sure to select the right products for your facility and clients, bearing in mind that sprays can be unsuitable and even shorten the life of the latest touch-screen consoles. Gym hygiene can easily be overlooked, but it is essential to the whole fitness experience. Everyday cleanliness can be achieved with convenience and consistency. You owe it to your members, and they have a collective responsibility, to maintain a studio that is polished as they strive to be.