As health club operators take on new members, they may be inundated with demands to maintain a cleaner environment. Recent trends encourage businesses to tackle their own cleaning needs while maintaining the productivity of the organization. Delegating these important cleaning tasks to in-house staff may reduce spending temporarily, but it also could cause the clubs to lose members because of haphazard sanitary conditions.
Clubs with a lack of attention to cleaning can deter new members from joining. On club tours, visitors who see paper towels, messy stalls and repulsive sights and smells permeating from the locker room will decide not to return as a member. Instead, they will join a different fitness facility that has better attention to cleanliness. Several solutions to this problem exist that will take the pressure off your facility and better manage its cleanliness.
One option is to hire an outside cleaning service. Five reasons to choose professional cleaners are that cleaning professionals offer:
- Superior quality/workmanship
- Honest/dependable labor
- Supervised, bonded employees
- Regularly scheduled inspections
- Safe cleaning procedures for workers and guests
Depending on the size of the facility, you may want to consider duel cleaning, which is doing some cleaning in-house for immediate emergencies and then relying on professionals to sanitize and thoroughly clean the club during non-peak hours. This option can be more cost-effective and help to preserve the cleanliness of the club.
Cleaning professionals often have the technology and equipment needed to thoroughly clean heavily used areas. Additionally, cleaning professionals can provide the needed labor to quickly complete the cleaning duties. These professionals work on a schedule to maintain the upkeep and eliminate unwanted sights or smells in the locker rooms.
Cleaning professionals know the necessary types of cleaning solutions to help eliminate unsightly stains, mold or harmful bacteria located in the commercial gym setting. Undetected mold or harmful bacteria can unknowingly affect the respiratory system of gym members, causing long-term damage. Professionals know where to locate and eliminate these types of mold and harmful bacteria. They will go beyond simply vacuuming the carpet to deep clean and take extra measures to help remove odor, stains or germs.
Professional cleaners also offer owners assurance that the cleaning company will replace any damages incurred. Workers are trained to use proper cleaning procedures to lessen the chance of unwanted risks that could possibly be incurred in these settings.
If a gym owner offers both a professional cleaning and an hourly in-house cleaning, it speaks volumes about how important the members are to the club as well as the club’s overall business practice.
David Russell holds a B.A. and M.S. degree from North Carolina A&T State University, a certificate in educational leadership from the University of West Georgia and a certificate in sports management from Gwinnett Technical College. He has worked in the fitness industry for nearly 15 years, receiving certifications in aquatic fitness, personal training, Pilates, nutritional coaching, and yoga. Russell is the founder and owner of Tenacious Fitness Unlimited Inc. (678-523-0092) and Spiffy Cleaning Service (678-523-0092), both in Norcross, GA.