Problem Solver - August 2014
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Protect Fitness Patrons & Equipment

Keeping your fitness facility clean is a key to keeping patrons healthy and ensuring your equipment functions properly. One of the most important things you can do is make it easier for patrons to clean up after themselves. When they don't, disease can spread, and equipment can be damaged.

Q: We use a spray and paper towels to keep equipment clean. Why should we consider anything else?

A: To keep fitness equipment working properly, you need to take care with the types of cleaning products you use. The alcohol in many sprays and hand-sanitizing wipes may dry out or corrode rubber, vinyl, leather and stitching. In addition, sprays can be unwieldy—ending up where you don't want them and damaging cables of your equipment, leading to malfunction. Products like this may cause your equipment to rust or break down.

You take time to carefully consider your investments in the most up-to-date fitness equipment. Don't make the mistake of failing to ensure your equipment lasts. Follow the manufacturer's recommended practices for keeping equipment clean.

Q: How can we encourage patrons to clean up after themselves without creating a great deal of waste?

A: Members know that they need to clean up after themselves when they're done working out. Providing a simple solution will make it easier for them to do the right thing.

Look for pre-moistened, disposable surface disinfecting wipes that are designed not only to clean your equipment, but also to stop the spread of germs. Wipes are available that can protect patrons from infectious diseases such as MRSA, HIV, TB, Staph, H1N1 and more.

These wipes are easy to use and are designed for use on the parts of your equipment that need to be kept clean—seat pads, leg and arm rests, benches, hand grips, chrome plating, painted surfaces, steel and rubber surfaces. They're even safe for electronic panels.

You also can find wipes that feature biodegradable and recyclable elements, helping you keep your facility cleaner and greener.


2XL Corp.

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