Sweaty bodies isn’t a candle scent found in most stores, so it’s a safe bet most people don’t enjoy that smell. In fact, “unpleasant odor” was the top reason why people stayed out of gyms in a 2012 study by Cintas Corporation. Because of this distaste for the stench of a gym, the importance of cleaning is at an all-time high.
However, as a Box owner, you are wearing multiple hats of programmer, marketing director and social media manager. For that reason, the title of janitor can be easy to put on the back burner. But a clean gym can make customers more confident in your brand, which in turn keeps them coming back.
If you don’t have the time to clean the gym the way you want to, look at outsourcing it to a professional cleaning company. Here are three things to keep in mind next time you are weighing the odds on the benefits of hiring an outside cleaning company:
When deciding if the cost of hiring an outside company to clean your gym is worth it, consider the full cost of assigning these duties to your staff. Cleaning supplies and equipment can become rather pricy as well.
Depending on the size of your Box, dual cleaning might be an option to consider. For example, assign your staff in-house cleaning duties after classes. Then hire a cleaning company to come in on the weekend. This can save money because then you only need a cleaning company every so often.
The flexibility of a cleaning company is something that will only benefit your business. They can deep clean your facility during non-peak hours or after hours. This way your members are getting a pristine facility without the interruptions and inconvenience of a cleaning crew.
This also helps alleviate the burden of staying late for your Coaches. While it should be stressed to wipe down the equipment after classes, deep-cleaning sessions can take time that your staff should be spending elsewhere. Outsourcing a company to do that part for you will free up time for other tasks for you and your staff.
A cleaning company is much different than your Coaches who might argue over who has to use the mop this time around. They will come in to clean with cleaners, tools and equipment that will help them effectively clean your gym and have it looking its best.
No matter how much you stress the importance of cleaning to your staff and members, they aren’t going to do as good of a job as full-time custodial workers. If a gym owner offers both a professional cleaning service along with in-house cleaning, it speaks volumes about how important the members are to the Box.