Deep Cleaning Fitness Centers & Gym Equipment for Safe Use

A major question on the minds of fitness enthusiasts these days is would they return to a public gym? As businesses strive to reestablish operations, two recent market surveys shed light on gym members’ states of mind.

In one survey, 80% of 1,000 participants aged 25-54 who exercise at least once per month, said they would return to a public fitness facility. Additional market data reveals:

  • Regular cleaning and providing personal sanitizing products is a deciding factor for choosing a health club to join (46.8%).
  • Extra safety precautions would motivate them to return to the gym (26.7%).

A separate global survey of 11,193 gym members from 142 countries indicates that the U.S. and the U.K. are two of the largest markets for gyms. Additionally, in the U.S. alone since the global health crisis emerged, a 31.63% loss in gym memberships has occurred and 15.80% of members have paused.

Based on market research, fitness facilities seeking to regain membership must establish and adhere to effective cleaning regimens. This blog will help gym owners and fitness trainers understand and learn how to properly clean gym equipment and provide sanitizing products for customer safety.


Harmful germs can travel through the air, are tracked in by shoes, and proliferate on surfaces. Traditionally, harsh cleaners and disinfectants were recommended on gym equipment (alcohol, chlorine, and bleach-based products), but over time, they cause major damage to rubber mats, handles, resistance bands, wood floors, upholstery, and much more. The “wet time” effectiveness of each chemical varies; alcohol is 20 seconds while bleach and chlorine are 15 minutes. Additionally, these chemicals release toxic fumes and are harmful to guests.

New science research brings both a breath of fresh air and a ray of optimism to the fitness industry. The latest research data proves that non-toxic quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) are more effective for long-term cleaning of surfaces and for sanitizing hands and skin. Furthermore, QAC-based products now top the government’s list of products for “restoring industries and businesses.”

Restoring the confidence of gym members to return to fitness facilities requires a dedicated approach towards properly cleaning gym equipment and ensuring that harmful germs, bacteria, and viruses are eliminated. Using the most effective products on the market, guests will feel assured that their safety is the gym’s top priority. Areas that must be constantly cleaned include:

  • Entrances, exits, reception areas, and lobbies
  • Doorknobs, lighting controls, environmental controls
  • Handrails, stairs, and elevators
  • Floors, carpet, mats, furniture, chairs
  • Exercise machines, treadmills, climbing walls
  • Free weights, resistance equipment
  • Restrooms
  • Locker rooms, showers, pools, saunas, and drains
  • Dining and food service areas
  • Childcare facilities, toys, playground equipment
  • Electronics and point-of-sale equipment
  • Walls, windows, and air vents

The best fitness facility maintenance cleaning procedures restore confidence by preventing the spread of harmful germs that can create illness. Standardizing on long-lasting, highly effective cleaning and skin-safe sanitizing products formulated with QACs can ensure extended safety while saving time and money.

GlanHealth™, the world leader in QAC-based cleaning and sanitizing solutions, has created a comprehensive system to address facility maintenance on a long-term basis. Benefits include:

  • Long-lasting protection (per application):
    • Commercial product – up to 28 days
    • Hand and skin sanitizers – up to 4 hours
  • Safe to use on all porous and non-porous surfaces (fabric, upholstery, and carpet)
  • Anti-static, safe to use on electronics
  • Non-toxic, eco-friendly
  • Non-flammable, non-irritating, and non-corrosive
  • Regularly-scheduled facility electrostatic spray service provides complete protection



Providing fitness facility staff and gym members the safest, most effective hand and skin sanitizers and surface cleaners proactively shields guests from harmful germs on a long-term basis.

GlanHealth™ designed its non-toxic cleaning and hand and body sanitizing solutions with high-touch, high-traffic businesses in mind. Simplifying a fitness facility’s cleaning and maintenance protocol is easy with the following GlanHealth™ recommended products:

All-Purposes Wipes for Surfaces: Clean and deodorize after each use of gym equipment with the powerful protection of GlanHealth™ All-Purpose Surface Wipes. Non-hazardous, alcohol-free, bleach, and chlorine-free, GlanHealth™ wipes are effective on all surfaces with protection that lasts for up to 28 days.

GlanHealth™ Sanitizing Hand Wipes are alcohol-free, non-toxic, and provide persistent protection on skin for up to 4 hours.

The Portable Protection Kit is contains a variety of popular cleaners and sanitizers, as well as a refillable electrostatic sprayer/atomizer that ensures long-lasting safety and protection. This kit is recommended for gyms of all sizes as well as personal training facilities and converted office settings.

GlanHealth™ also offers professional surface cleaning as a service, providing 360-degree floor-to-ceiling coverage on a regular or semi-regular basis. This service is quick and effective (a 2,500 sq. foot space is covered in less than 30 minutes, for example).

Schedule GlanHealth’s electrostatic surface cleaning and spray services HERE.