Cleaning and Sanitizing Home Gym Equipment

by Karen Bates
(last updated April 20, 2009)

Having a gym in your home is a convenient way to stay in shape and remain in the comfort of your house. You can choose what type of equipment you have and do a work out at any time of the day or night. You don't have to worry about waiting in line to use a certain piece of gym equipment, and crowds of other gym-goers are not there to watch you do your work out.

It is also nice to have the power to keep the gym as clean as you want it. Sometimes, large gyms don't keep the equipment and facilities as clean as they should be. By having a home gym, you can keep make sure that things are clean and sanitized by cleaning them yourself.

When cleaning and sanitizing the equipment in your home gym, follow a few steps to make sure the equipment is cleaned correctly and safe to use:

  • First, remember that the cleaner you use should be fairly mild. Since you are putting it on equipment that will be in contact with your clothing and skin, the cleaner should be antimicrobial but gentle on skin at the same time. Use a cleaner that is safe for skin.
  • To clean, you can use a mild disinfectant spray. Apply spray directly to the areas of the gym equipment that are in contact with your body during use. You should try to clean this part of the equipment after each use. After the surface of the equipment has been covered in disinfectant, wipe away with a cloth or paper towel. Every once in a while, also make sure that you clean other parts of the equipment to keep them looking nice and in good condition.
  • An especially easy way to clean and sanitize your equipment is to buy wipes made especially for cleaning gyms. These one-use wipes can be used and thrown away. This makes the cleaning process quick and easy. The wipes can, however, be more costly than disinfectant sprays.
  • Don't forget about the floor in your gym. You may not think about cleaning it as much as the equipment, but the floor can collect dirt, dust, and germs. Vacuum or mop the floor from time to time to help prevent the spread of dirt and bacteria. Also sanitize door knobs and weights.

With proper maintenance and consistent cleaning, your home gym can be a safe and clean place to work out.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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