Problem Solver - August 2011
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Protect Gym Members & Equipment

Keeping your fitness facility clean can be a challenge. Different gyms have different methods, but there are some things you should know about cleaning your equipment before you make a costly mistake.

Q: We're worried about protecting our members from germs on the equipment. Is there a simple solution?

A: Regular gym-goers don't want to use dirty, sweaty equipment. Even more importantly, you want to be sure members know that they will be safe from the germs of other users.

Look for pre-moistened, disposable surface disinfecting wipes that have been developed to both clean your equipment and stop germs. They will kill such infectious agents as MRSA, HIV, TB, Staph, H1N1 and more.

Beyond feeling protected from disease, members will enjoy the simplicity of using these wipes. They can be used safely on seat pads, leg and arm rests, benches, hand grips, chrome plating, painted surfaces, steel and rubber surfaces, and electronic panels.

Q: Why can't we just get hand-sanitizing wipes, or use a spray with paper towels?

A: Hand-sanitizing wipes and alcohol-based products are not a good idea around your sensitive fitness equipment. Alcohol can dry out or corrode rubber, vinyl, leather and stitching. And hand wipes, while great for cleaning skin, are not made for fitness equipment.

You want to be sure your investment in equipment is protected from undue damage. That means you need to follow the recommended practices for keeping it clean. Spray products might end up in the wrong places, causing damage to cables and other equipment areas, which can lead to malfunction or even rust.

Q: We want to find a way to keep things clean that also fits into our green mission. What should we know?

A: Talk to your manufacturer. You might worry that disposable wipes are wasteful, but you should know that you can find products that feature biodegradable and recyclable elements.


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