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Germs, germs, and more germs.

Even though you can’t see them, the fact is they are everywhere – and fitness centers, recreational facilities, and gyms are certainly not immune. Is your building harboring these unwanted and potentially dangerous pests? Keeping your patrons safe from harmful bacteria is one of your most important responsibilities as a member of gym management.

Not only that, but now more than ever, social media expands the outreach of individuals. Of course, this can be great for your fitness center or gym! Loyal gym goers can gush about their successful workout online, meanwhile your facility gets some awesome free advertising. On the flip side, it only takes one rumor on Facebook of an outbreak at your facility and people will start talking. Don’t give gym goers any reason to doubt your standards: clean up the problem before it even starts!

What kinds of bacteria and germs are found in gyms?

The rhinovirus, responsible for the common cold, is one of the most common germs. Many people know about the hazards of athlete’s foot, but fewer are aware that the likes of strep, staph, E. coli, warts, HPV, MRSA, and ringworm are all found in gyms too. Dozens of other kinds germs and bacteria can be found throughout exercise facilities, often in places where you would not expect!

Where are the hot spots for the germs?

The locations you might think are the dirtiest in the gym don’t necessarily top the list. Locker rooms, pools, and showers are all usual suspects, but other places you might not expect can be just as dirty, if not more so!

Drinking fountains, gym bags, and equipment like exercise balls and free weights are actually some of the worst culprits for hiding harmful germs and bacteria. The levers on weight machines, cardio equipment, and more are particularly overlooked when it comes time to clean up.

Germs are incredibly persistent. Depending on the surface, germs can live anywhere from a few moments to several months – talk about gross! Exercise mats can be particularly difficult to keep clean. A large, fabric space where person after person lies there and sweats? Yikes.

How can the spread of germs at the gym be avoided?

As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!” By avoiding germy situations in the first place, you put yourself at a lower risk for catching diseases. We recommend educating gym members about how to stay healthy and help others do likewise.

Advise your patrons to bring their own water bottle, always wear shoes or flip-flops, and wipe down all equipment before and after they use it. When people wash their hands after using fitness machines, using the restroom, and working out, the spread of germs can drop significantly.

Why can a commercial gym cleaning service like Simple Clean do a better job than gym management personnel?

Sanitizing every piece of equipment, every dumbbell, yoga mat, medicine ball, along with scrubbing the floors, maintaining the building, and doing paperwork is extremely time-consuming for busy gym managers. Some fitness club owners or managers try to do it all, but in doing so they may risk the cleanliness of their facilities and the health of their patrons.

When you choose to work with a commercial cleaning company, experienced professionals are on the job. At Simple Clean, this is not our first rodeo, as it were. We know how to get the job done, and even more importantly, we do it the first time around! Simple Clean employees are friendly, dependable, and love that their jobs help you to do your job better.

We do more than just “wipe stuff down and dust” – we use professional grade disinfectants to kill bacteria and stop germs in their tracks. High-quality cleaning products like we use make for high-quality results. If you’re like most busy people, you don’t want to have to add another task onto your busy schedule if you don’t have to. That’s why Simple Clean has the “One Time Simple System.” We assume responsibility for providing excellent results, thus saving you time, money, and stress.

So, you may be asking, what’s the next step to prevent germs from plaguing your establishment and perturbing your patrons? Call a reliable cleaning service to keep the peace at your facility in the war against germs! Contact Simple Clean today and learn more about what we can do for you.

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Germ-free at the Gym: What You Should Know
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Germ-free at the Gym: What You Should Know
Germs can accumulate in the gym over time, germs like strep, staph, E. coli, warts, HPV, MRSA, & ringworm can be very dangerous.
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Craig Kalucki
Worked in the U.S. Coast guard for 10 years as account and purchasing manager for various districts including Cape May, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, Petaluma, CA, and Martha's Vineyard MA.Duties included but were not limited to: Setting up contracts for yearly and quarterly services. Holding a government purchasing agent card, purchasing items up to and over 30K, and approving bids up to 100K Trained in Small Acquisition Procedures, Purchase orders, Reconciliation between multiple accounts. Now the owner of Simple Clean, a premier commercial leaning company based in Sparta Township NJ.

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