Up-Close and Personal with Your Mats

How to clean your mats.

Next time you are doing push-ups, or better yet, inchworms, take a good look at your mats. Unless you’ve cleaned the mats in the last few days you will most likely find dirt, chalk, hair and whatever else people are tracking in on their shoes. Take a look at your hands; that dirt is now being spread to everything you touch. Studies have shown that a person touches their face about 3.6 times per hour. I am guessing that this number could be much higher for people working out and sweating. Some surfaces like taped bars and rubber grips will literally pull this dirt right off your hands, leaving that surface dirty and grungy. Who knows how many customers notice that. Remember, your customer’s perception of your Box is “their reality.”

Now that we’ve talked about what you can see, let’s talk about what you can’t see when you look at your Box’s mats. We all know that during a workout people are dripping sweat and transferring bacteria to every surface that they touch in the Box. Gym mats are known to harbor fungi such as ringworm and athlete’s foot. It is also very common to find things like influenza, pink eye, E. coli and staph infection. Touching your nose and face has also shown to be one of the most common ways that people pick up a cold or flu bug, not to mention some of the other nasty things that were listed above. You don’t have to be a germaphobe to be concerned about getting up close and personal with these mats during a workout at a gym.

Clean Mats Are a Positive Reflection of Your Box

Make a Positive Impression:

Clean floors start at your door. Tell customers they cannot wear outside shoes in your Box.  Entrance matting can also stop a lot of dirt from coming in.

Encourage good hygiene. Customers should be reminded to wipe up after themselves with disinfecting wipes on both equipment and floors.

Clean and disinfect all floor surfaces regularly.  Some Box owners clean floors and mats weekly while others do it as much as twice per day.

On your floor, use sanitizer followed by an automatic scrubber if possible. Mopping tends to just re-distribute the dirt and germs leaving it wet, and that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s clean.

REMEMBER: You don’t have to crawl in the dirt just because you are doing inchworms!


By Rick Schott, president of Factory Cleaning Equipment, Inc. For more information, call 800.793.3790 or visit thesweeper.com/clean-your-box.