In the face of “new normal” post-COVID-19, the most thorough cleaning strategies are expected from any fitness facilities as clients start to return to the gym and resume their fitness activities. It is fundamental to prepare disinfecting strategies that will help clients feel safer using gym equipment.

If you are keen to know where to begin in a thorough cleaning and disinfecting process, here are easy steps to take.

Know where and how to begin

The best way to start is to research the right procedures and read a comprehensive guide to have a good understanding of what you need to do. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends cleaning with soap and water first to remove impurities, germs and dirt before disinfecting. In disinfecting, CDC recommends using EPA-approved disinfectants like Dr. Joe’s Pro Commercial Strength Disinfectant. Start by cleaning high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables and lockers. Then, disinfect these areas using an antimicrobial disinfectant.

Prepare a cleaning plan

Start with organizing all areas, surfaces, and equipment that need deep cleaning and sanitizing inside the facility. Then, locate the frequently touched surfaces like bathroom facilities and conduct a thorough cleaning before disinfecting it using an antiviral cleaning agent. This step is necessary for getting rid of any germs and bacteria that remain on the surface. Check all gym equipment and make sure to also clean and disinfect them after each use. Create a cleaning schedule that prioritizes the facility and equipment and inform all the staff about the standard protocol to ensure all areas will be covered and sanitized.

Get and use the right supplies

Make sure to secure other sanitizing supplies such as hand soap, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, gloves for cleaning and disinfecting, and personal protective equipment. Organize and store the EPA- registered commercial disinfectant in a place where you can easily access for faster disinfecting several times a day. Also, don’t forget to place sanitizers on designated areas so clients who visit the facility can always disinfect their hands.