Great Performance And Good Looks

One day, it seems you’re looking around your recreation facility and you love what you see–a clean, shiny floor, great seating for spectators, and bright lights.

Daily upkeep can keep a gym from looking rundown.

A few practices, camps, indoor competitions, and community events later, and the whole picture changes.

There is gum stuck to the bleachers, and a few light fixtures are out, giving the place an uneven, yellowish cast. And whose bright idea was it to let spectators bring in confetti? Now it’s stuck to the areas where someone spilled a soft drink.

Looks like your plans for the week are about to include a lot of sprucing up. Who knew a gym could be this much work?

It doesn’t have to be–at least not all at once.

The important thing to remember, say sports-facility contractors, is that the facility didn’t become run-down and dirty overnight. Day by day, debris built up, a little at a time, and day after day, equipment was used. The place starts looking dull and dingy.

What’s the best way to get rid of these problems? Plan a maintenance schedule that works against that type of buildup–care for the facility day by day, a little at a time.

The Inside Word

Gymnasiums, being indoor facilities, don’t have to withstand the freeze-thaw cycle that plagues outdoor fields, tennis courts, jogging paths, and basketball courts. The gym won’t suffer from the effects of rain, wind, sleet, or hail either.

But it’s not immune to dust and dirt, or to wear and tear. Some of this will show up on the facility’s floor, and some will be reflected in ancillary components like spectator seating, athletic equipment, and more.

Make sure the maintenance program addresses every aspect of the facility.

Helping Multi-Tasking Facilities

If a gym has multiple uses (different sports, social events, meetings, and more), some aspects (a running or jogging track, for example) may be constructed of a combination of movable and fixed portions, or made of a prefabricated surface that can be taken up and stored when not in use.

Bleachers can be folded against walls, and partition curtains or netting can be drawn to section-off areas. Many facilities use retractable basketball nets, or temporary nets with weighted bases; volleyball nets and tennis nets also can be set up in a similar manner.

Keep your gym flooring looking shiny and new.

Just because equipment can be moved when not in use doesn’t mean it can be disregarded the rest of the time. Keep all equipment (volleyball nets and posts, inline hockey sticks, ball cages, goal nets, etc.) in good repair. If wrestling mats are used, be sure they’re disinfected with each use, to guard against infection.

Basketball nets and backboards should be kept in shape, and the mechanisms that raise and lower them (if applicable) should work easily and smoothly.

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