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How to Keep a Germ-Free Gym

Updated: Oct 31, 2019

If you’re in the business of running a gym ̶ either as an owner or a manager ̶ I’m sure you’ve heard, and read, all sorts of articles about how important it is to maintain your facilities in as clean and tidy a state as possible. And let’s face it, practically every industry magazine and website beats the ‘hygiene drum’ as often as they can.

However biased their editorial decisions seem to be, they probably aren’t. In fact, reliable research seems to indicate that a clean gym is a profitable gym. So how do you keep your gym clean and safe? What’s the best disinfectant to use, and how often should you use it?

Because let’s be honest here: However passionate you (and your partners, of you have them) are about the advantages and benefits of running a gym, it is, in the end, a business. And a very lucrative one too ̶ if it’s run properly and if you are committed to its ethical and healthful ends.

Cleanliness Equals Profitability

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association contends that if current (and future) club members think that the premises are not clean, customer satisfaction ratings generally fall from 83% to 43%, and retention rates fall from 90% to 52%.

However, the same survey also found that gyms that spent at least 4% of their budget on cleaning and maintenance made greater profits, and enjoyed higher customer retention rates, than gyms spending 3% or less on the same services.

Not surprisingly, the gyms polled in the survey said that well over half of their members (56%) expected their exercise spaces to be germ free!

Gyms Are Bacteria Central

If you need any persuading about how grimy and gritty a gym can become, consider the following statistics:

  1. Your average treadmill has is home to more than 70% more bacteria that you’ll find in a public restroom faucet.

  2. Free weights are literally covered in germs; 362 times more than a toilet seat, by all accounts.