Your gym's equipment could be made of a variety of materials and surfaces. Rubber, steel, LED screens, vinyl, and other materials are common. Electrical components can also be dangerous, so you must be cautious. Figuring out how to clean them and what to clean them with can be scary and even overwhelming. Here are three simple ways to clean your exercise equipment.
Use a dampened microfiber cloth or a pre-saturated general cleaning wipe. Remove dirt, dust, fingerprints, stains, and other contaminants with care. Wipe down the grips, displays, handles, and the equipment's nooks and crevices. This includes the interiors of cup holders and other minor areas. Allow for air drying before moving on to the next stage.
After cleaning the top layer of dirt and grime, wipe down the equipment with a sanitizing wipe or a cloth soaked in a sanitizing solution. Make certain you're using a sanitizer that kills 99.9% of bacteria. This will limit the number of germs on the equipment. Avoid spraying the solution directly on the surface using spray bottles, as this might damage the equipment, especially cardiac equipment. To avoid having to measure and combine liquids, consider utilizing sanitizing wipes. Wipes also cut down on the number of towels needed. Allow for air drying before moving on to the next stage.
Once the sanitizer has dried fully, kill hazardous bacteria including MRSA, Staph, and E. coli with an EPA-registered disinfectant wipe or solution. Read the kill claims carefully to ensure that the disinfectant kills bacteria that are local to your fitness facility. Put on a pair of gloves to protect your skin before administering the disinfectant. Clean the equipment and make sure it stays wet for the necessary dwell time, which is the amount of time a surface must be moist to kill microorganisms. Some hazardous germs may still be present if the equipment is touched before the dwell time is achieved. Consider investing in disinfectant wipes with a fast-acting formula to streamline and simplify the cleaning process.
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