In the wake of a new normal, fast, effective, and reliable disinfection service is the key to maintain and boost productivity. COVID-19 has forever changed the way how people interact with people as well as how people interact with facilities, especially in fitness facilities. According to Mindbody survey, 92% of consumers said that strict sanitization requirements will be critical in deciding whether or not to visit a gym. Gym clients expect their fitness facility service providers to perform more stringent cleaning and disinfection methods to ensure their members feel at ease when they enter the facility.
Create a Clean Path in Your Fitness Facility
Following the guidelines of the CDC. Here are some key tips to creating a clean path:
- Consider where your members go after they have entered your facility.
- Consider the type of surface members come in contact with and how often they touch it. Make disinfecting high touch surfaces a top priority and disinfect all gym equipment after each use.
- Before disinfection, clean visibly dirty surfaces with soap and water.
- Use disinfectant approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against COVID-19.
- Read and follow the directions on the labels of cleaning products for safety details and instructions for proper use.
- To clean and disinfect, use disposable gloves that can be discarded after each use, or use reusable gloves that are only used for cleaning and disinfecting. After removing gloves, always wash your hands.
Ensure that machines and equipment are consistently disinfected, locker rooms are clean, and hand sanitizer and clean towels are present throughout the fitness center.
A Clean Fitness Facility is an Important Competitive Advantage
Keeping fitness centers spotless and germ-free is now more crucial than ever. According to a study conducted by the International Health, Racquet & Sports club Association (IHRSA), the cleanliness of a fitness facility is one of the most powerful tools to boost member’s satisfaction, retain members, and catalyze revenue. The IHRSA report states that members who perceive their health club to be extremely clean are likely to recommend the facility to friends and family. Members who perceive the club to be unclean are significantly less likely to recommend it to a friend, colleague, or family member. In particular, new gym members are disproportionately inclined to value a clean workout and changing space.
The IHRSA study also reports that 10% of members who recently terminated a gym membership state that the facility’s unclean environment played a vital role in their decision to quit. A clean gym boosts member retention and inspires current members. In order for gyms to re-open and be profitable, the cleanliness of the facility should be as clean or cleaner than what members expect.