Problem Solver - August 2008
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Keeping Locker Rooms Clean & Dry

Many facilities do a great job of not only keeping locker rooms clean and safe, but also offering amenities that allow people to enjoy a spa-like atmosphere. You might not be able to add a lounge and hot tub, but you can ensure your locker room clean and safe.

Q: What should I do to ensure my locker rooms stay clean?

A: Unlike the areas most visible to the public, the locker room isn't on constant display, but out of sight does not necessarily mean out of mind. It may not be front and center, but the locker room's cleanliness will impact patrons' views of your facility.

To keep things clean, you should ask your staff to perform regular run-throughs to ensure there are no problems, pick up any trash and make sure the restrooms and other areas are fully stocked. These regular sweeps do double duty, not only keeping the locker room clean, but also discouraging theft, vandalism and other problems.

You can also provide a swimsuit water extractor, which will give patrons a way to dry their suits other than hanging them over the locker doors, which creates an unsightly mess.

Q: How can I improve safety in the locker room?

A: There's no doubt about it: Locker rooms are wet areas with showers and sinks, as well as pools and spas. Patrons will expect to see water here and there, but a swimsuit drip-drip-dripping on the floor can make for a unique hazard in an area where patrons might not be expecting to slip.

Water-resistant floors are essential, but a swimsuit water extractor is a quick and easy way to reduce the chance for injury. It removes up to 95 percent of the swimsuit's moisture in less than eight seconds seconds, so it not only keeps soaked suits from dripping on the floor, it also will help keep lockers dry and odor-free.

Q: What else do I need to know?

A: A swimsuit water extractor is simple to install. A typical 55-pound machine comes with a wall-mount bracket for hanging and a moisture-proof electrical junction box to be hard-wired to your electrical system. It also allows for water disposal to be directed to a floor drain or piped to a wastewater system.

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