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What to Avoid When Cleaning Gymnasium and Fitness Center Flooring

shutterstock_129416291People 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.

Cleaning is a lot more than just filling up a bucket with hot water and soap. Cleaning is now high-tech. Technological advances in flooring require cleaning equipment and cleaning agents that will not cause harm. When manufacturer's suggestions are not followed correctly, a lot can go wrong during the cleaning process.

To maintain functionality, cleaning must be an ongoing effort.

Four types of cleaning are recommended:

  1. Initial cleaning removes all debris and prepares the surface for initial scrubbing. Avoid flooding during this step of the process. Use a wet vacuum to remove excess water.
  2. Daily cleaning keeps floors free of dirt and grit. Dust mopping and damp mopping will remove light soil from the surface
  3. Restorative cleaning helps to restore floor to previous appearance by sweeping and then doing a heavy wet scrub to remove soil.
  4. Heavy soil cleaning removes built up dirt and grime. This process is similar to restorative cleaning but varies because of the cleanser and equipment used in the process.

Recycled rubber must be cleaned with vacuums and auto-scrubbers using special microfiber pads. The surface is very rough and holds onto dirt and particles. Avoid putting a flooring finish on textured and studded floors because it is difficult to get proper adhesion.

Avoid these products and procedures to maintain the life of your floor:

  • Alkaline detergents and rubber do not mix well. Alkaline detergents will cause the rubber to dry out and the color to bleed.
  • Avoid using high-pH strippers. Use special low-pH strippers with a pH of less than 10.5.
  • Avoid applying conventional floor finishes to textured rubber floors, cracking and peeling will occur.
  • Avoid burnishing floors at high-speeds because they could burn, scalp or melt floor tiles.

When caring for a hardwood gymnasium floor, avoid the following:

  1. Never use mop water that was used in the hallway or other areas of the facility. This will only redeposit dirt from other parts of the facility on the surface, resulting in cross contamination. Refreshing the water in a cleaning bucket often is the key to success.
  2. Avoid using the wrong chemicals. Using products that are indicated for use on other surfaces will cause the floors to look hazy, cloudy and be sticky.
  3. Avoid over-saturation. This will cause the wood to swell and possibly warp.

The use of proper techniques and chemicals will ensure the longevity of your fitness center floor. Good flooring is expensive and should be treated with care and caution to extend its life and to avoid premature replacement.

To make the best possible decision in regards to your gym or fitness center flooring, please do not hesitate to contact the flooring professionals at Commercial Flooring & Interior Concepts, Inc. Take the guesswork out of what flooring surface will meet your commercial needs while being the most cost effective choice and staying within your budget. Our experienced staff will ask all the right questions to arrive at all the right answers.

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Topics: Flooring Safety Gym Floors