When gym equipment is used it is bound to encounter sweat and germs. If that gym equipment is in your home, it may only have you and your family’s sweat and germs on it. But, if it is at a public gym, it could have the sweat and germs of hundreds of people. Keeping gym equipment clean in a quick, efficient and eco-friendly way is a challenge that is difficult to manage for many gyms. We all want to believe that our gym is doing an effective job keeping things clean but, if a recent study examining gym equipment reported on by Women’s Health is any indication, that gym equipment is covered in germs, “You would never touch a dirty toilet seat and then wipe sweat out of your eyes, right? Well, according to a terrifying new analysis of bacteria found in gyms, you’re probably already doing something way worse. In a recent experiment, FitRated.com examined bacterial samples taken from 27 common pieces of workout equipment at large chains around the country… According to the report, our sweat accessories are actually way germier than some of the gross surfaces we come into contact with everyday. Case in point: An exercise bike has 39 times more bacteria than a plastic cafeteria tray and the treadmill has 79 times more bacteria than a water faucet. But the worst offender? Free weights. Next time you go to pick up your favorite 15-pounders for bicep curls, keep in mind that researchers discovered that these babies had 362 times (!!!) more bacteria than a toilet seat.”
Covered in significantly more germs than a toilet seat – that is truly frightening. But, constantly bathing all of your gym equipment in chemical cleaning products is not the answer either. Those chemicals will then get on people’s skin as they use gym equipment which can lead to a number of health concerns. Chemical cleaning products have been linked to things like asthma and cancer so nobody who is at the gym looking to get or stay healthy wants to be coming into contact with all of those harsh chemicals. And, because of the frequency with which gym equipment needs to be cleaned, gyms and fitness centers would go through an astronomical amount of cleaning products which is very expensive. The solution to avoiding these germs and saving money on cleaning products? Steam cleaning! Steam cleaning with a powerful, well-built steam cleaner from Vapamore can disinfect 99% of bacteria and only uses water! Steam cleaners are handheld, easy to operate and can penetrate porous materials and tiny crevices to lift and remove dirt while simultaneously eliminating bacteria. Stop the spread of infection at the gym and make the switch to steam cleaning.