Cleaning Tips for Your Gym Floor

How to keep your floor clean.We got a call about a year ago from a CrossFit Affiliate in the Chicago area who was frustrated with how long it was taking him to clean the mats in his Box. He was using a leaf blower to blow the worst of the chalk off the mats and out the door. That dusty job was followed by the arduous task of hand mopping the mats. The results were not great. One big problem was that it was taking all afternoon to clean the mats. Dust from the leaf blower was covering the equipment making another mess to clean up. The mopping process left a residue that dried and made the Box look almost worse. Another huge problem was that the excessive water left behind from mopping soaked through the mats and took forever to dry.

Since then we have helped hundreds of CrossFit Affiliates find better and faster ways to clean and disinfect their Boxes. The time they save can be spent growing their business. CrossFit Affiliates have to find a way to stand out and deliver the best experience possible for their customers. Remember first impressions are everything. When a new customer walks into your Box, seeing a clean and organized facility will set you apart. Your members will also appreciate clean sanitized mats when they hit the floor to do pushups and planks.

I put together some quick tips that we have learned about cleaning mats whether you are using a mop or a scrubber. Keep your Box clean and watch your business grow.

Gym Mat Cleaning Tips

  1. It is a good idea to sweep first if you have excessive chalk or dirt from peoples’ shoes on the mats. It is much easier to sweep up loose dirt than adding water and making mud.
  2. If you are using a disinfectant on your mats, allow plenty of “dwell time” for the chemical to effectively kill the germs. Some disinfectants may cause skin irritation or even cause metal equipment to rust. Be sure to read labels thoroughly.
  3. Mop or scrub disinfected mats with plain water after adequate dwell time has passed.
  4. Whether you are mopping or using a mat scrubber, use the minimum necessary detergent in the water. Excessive use of soaps and detergent will cause a build-up on the mats. Always use a low-foaming, neutral cleaner. Other types of cleaners could irritate customer’s skin or corrode equipment. Many mats will also soak up water and soap harboring dirt and germs. Apply the least amount of water possible to get the mats clean.
  5. If you are mopping, remember to change the water often. Mopping with dirty water serves to just spread the dirt around. You may not notice it until it dries.
  6. If you purchase a Bulldog Mat Scrubber, operate the machine with water only for at least four cleanings. If you have been mopping mats with soap and water, odds are that the mat is saturated with detergent and dirt from the mop water. Repeated scrubbing without using soap or detergent will draw the impurities out of the mats.
  7. If possible, use hot water (up to 140 degrees) when cleaning the mats. It cleans better and dries more quickly.
  8.  Adequate ventilation is the key to quickly drying the mats after cleaning. Opening doors, turning on ceiling fans or running a floor fan will speed the process. If using a scrubber, the mats will be dry in only a few minutes.


Rick Schott has been in the Floor Cleaning Equipment business for over 25 years and has been recognized as a leader in the industry. Rick’s company, Factory Cleaning Equipment, Inc. prides itself on its customer service as well as its strong business ethics in dealing with its customers and vendors. The company provides sales of both new and reconditioned equipment, as well as service, parts and chemicals. Contact them at 1-800-793-3790 or visit

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