Wipe Away Germs

Understanding Wipes

The effectiveness and use of wipes has spread far and wide for gym goers, park and recreation facility users and the average consumer. According to the market research firm The Freedonia Group, wipes have been averaging a 7-percent annual growth rate since 2007, and this is expected to continue through 2014. Further, the group reports this growth rate is nearly double that of other types of cleaning products.

For gym as well as park and recreation facility managers, there are essentially two types of wipes to consider. The first type, according to LeBlanc, is pre-treated or pre-moistened.

These wipes, which can be used to clean workout machines, mats, counter tops, restroom fixtures and other surfaces, are moistened with a cleaning agent along with antibacterial disinfectants in order to eradicate many of the germs noted above.

“Some are available with no phenol, bleach, citrus or alcohol, making them safer for the user and the environment,” LeBlanc says.

Another option, which is relatively new, is dry wipes.

“They are made of a very durable, commercial-grade fiber but are not moistened with chemicals, antibacterial disinfectants or other chemicals,” says Matt Morrison, marketing communications manager for Kaivac Cleaning Systems Inc. “Managers often select this type of wipe especially for cleaning surfaces and equipment in gym and recreation locations because they tend to be very cost-effective and because of their versatility.”

By versatility, Morrison means that the dry wipe can be used for regular dusting “or whenever or wherever a cleaning chemical is unnecessary. But it also allows managers or users [the ability] to apply exactly the type of chemical or disinfectant they want on the wipe. This is especially handy now because so many facilities only want Green cleaning chemicals used in their locations.”

Make Them Handy

Whichever type of wiping system is selected, gym and park and recreation managers are encouraged to make them handy. Having a ready supply of pre-moistened wipes in a gym encourages users to take advantage of their health-protecting benefits. And when it comes to actually cleaning and maintaining the gym/recreational facility, some dry-wipe systems come with a belt holster.

“This way cleaning professionals can grab them whenever they need them and quickly clean high-touch points, gym equipment and anywhere they are needed throughout the facility,” Morrison says.

Robert Kravitz is a writer for the professional cleaning, building, hospitality and recreational industries. He can be reached via e-mail at rkravitz@rcn.com

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Stop The Spread Of Gym Germs

1. Use wipes to clean equipment and workout areas before and after use.

2. Encourage patrons to wear flip-flops when taking showers and walking in locker rooms to prevent contacting germs on the floors.

3. Wash hands frequently and after workouts.

4. Use clean towels and do not share towels.

5. Encourage attendees to bring their own yoga mats.

6. Avoid touching eyes or mouth during a workout.

7. Bring your own water bottle to the gym to avoid germs at the fountain.

8. Cover any skin abrasions or cuts before using the gym.

9. Bring your own sanitizer in case wipes are not available.

10. Tell management if something looks “germy” or potentially unhealthy on a machine or surface.

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