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What to Avoid When Cleaning Gymnasium and Fitness Center Flooring

People either love cleaning or they hate it. There is simply no in-between. Unfortunately for those in the latter group, cleanliness is not optional when running a commercial gym. No one wants to lie on a dirty floor to do stomach crunches or be face-down on top of smelly dried sweat while they are trying to maintain the plank position for thirty seconds. Cleaning is not just a matter of aesthetics; it is a mandatory part of doing business.

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Rubber Flooring: The Benefits for Gyms and Fitness Centers

The alarm clock rings, it is five o’clock in the morning. Why else would anyone else wake up this early except to go to the gym? Tremendous discipline and determination are required to keep this ongoing date with such a merciless task master. As you trudge into the gym, you toss an inaudible growl towards the front desk hoping it sounds like the words, “good morning”. Walking across the gym floor you notice something different this morning. The floor feels strangely squishy and a little bouncy. This new floor puts a spring in your step that was not there before.

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Choosing Functional Gym Floors for Your Facility

Everyone has fond memories of squeaking sneakers on a gym floor during a basketball game. Hardwood floors have been used in gymnasiums and fitness centers for more than a century and there is no indication that these types of floors are going away anytime soon. There are many considerations that go into choosing a hardwood gym floor.

Key Considerations for Your Flooring

Foot traffic and weight bearing are two main considerations when picking a surface. Another key consideration is the climate and natural environment. Consistent moisture levels are critical to harwood flooring. Making sure the relative humidity in your building is from between 35 and 55 RH is critical. Moisture is the enemy of the hardwood floors. Maple will expand or contract depending on the level of moisture in the air. Gaps need to be planned during installation to allow for this movement. These gaps are achieved by using Vented Cove Base around the perimeter in the room. When replacing a gym floor, it’s important to have a good understanding of where any potential moisture issues are and how they originated.

Choosing Finish for Your Gymnasium or Fitness Center

Gym owners want to make environmentally sound choices if they are available. Sustainably harvested wood can be purchased. Recycled materials can also be used. The days are long gone when recycled floor material produced subpar results. In fact, professional basketball teams have been playing on recycled floors for over a decade.

Grading of the wood was formerly a concern because of irregularities that may occur at the lower end of the grading scale.

  • First-grade maple makes a beautiful monochromatic appearance but is the most expensive.
  • Second grade of maple is less expensive and is the choice of more than 70% of all gyms.
  • Third grade of maple presents a rustic appearance, and is the choice of some gym owners.

If the primary use of the gymnasium facility can be predetermined, game lines can be put on the floor. A protective finish can then be applied over the lines. Taping the lines after the installation of the floor is not recommended. The tape, and temporary decals, can pose a safety issue to the game participants because they can become slippery or removing the tape can result in damage to the finish and leaves a glue residue.

Maintaining Your Floors

Hardwood floors need to be maintained. A daily dust-mopping and regular cleaning with a solution recommended by the finish manufacturer is required. Depending on its usage, The floor should be recoated once a year, and sanded, resealed, repainted and refinished every 10 to 15 years. Floors that are not properly maintained generally become darker and game lines are not as bright.

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What to Consider When Choosing Healthcare Flooring

 

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How Does Hospital Flooring Promote Patient Well-Being?

Ask any nurse or healthcare employee if they wear their work shoes into their homes. They will almost always answer with a resounding NO! Hospital floors can contain germs regardless of how much they are cleaned and sanitized. Your shoes are one mode of transmission to spread these germs to other flooring surfaces.

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Best Type of Flooring for Gymnasiums and Fitness Centers

Many of us have childhood recollections of a highly lacquered gymnasium floor brightly reflecting the light cast down from on high. Poised at the entryway with one foot in midair ready to step upon the inviting surface, a voice finds you from out of nowhere, saying, “STOP, no street shoes allowed in the gym!”. Recoiling back from committing this infraction; turning and walking away is the only option. Flooring has come a long way since those days; fitness and exercise has changed over the years, and as a result, flooring has had to adapt and evolve to meet those changing needs.  

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Winterizing Your Commercial Floors for Safety

When the leaves blaze the golds and reds to signal the start of fall, a good facilities manager should already be thinking of icy parking lots and snow loads. Winter weather can be a mess, both inside and out. Snow and slush can make floors slippery, and wet shoes carry more dirt and debris indoors than dry. Additionally, salt and other alternative ice melting techniques can damage or stain floors, and all sorts of mess can be dragged in by the relentless winter wind.

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The Chef’s Secret Recipe for Productivity–The Benefits of Anti-Fatigue Matting

In the back of some of the finest restaurants in the world, you’ll find the chef’s secret recipe for a happy staff is not on the stove—it’s on the floor.

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Covering the Office - A Guide to Choosing Commercial Carpet for Work Spaces

There are so many decisions to make in opening or renovating a business. When choosing a commercial floor covering, most people consider these five features:

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Increasing Worker Safety with Commercial Flooring Solutions

Name a business owner who wouldn’t love an investment with a 100% return. While it may seem impossible, that investment might be as close as the floor you’re standing on. As reported in the Chief Financial Officer Survey, an investment is worker safety, returning a $2 savings for every $1 invested. And, in fact… worker safety starts from the ground up.

American businesses spent about a little over a billion dollars a week in direct worker compensation, according to the 2013 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. That translates into a total of $55.4 billion dollars in 2013. And that number doesn’t account for the secondary costs of worker injuries. The effects of a serious injury, measured in lost time, temporary coverage and compromised productivity, flow through an organization—right to the bottom line.

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