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How to Clean Exercise Equipment

author image Natasha Puryear
Natasha Puryear is a professional writer specializing in medical and travel material for various online publications. She has also contributed to the "South Florida Sun-Sentinel." Puryear is working toward her Bachelor of Arts in journalism.
How to Clean Exercise Equipment
Clean gym equipment regularly. Photo Credit ozgurkeser/iStock/Getty Images

Cleaning exercise equipment takes a short amount of time but is necessary to prevent diseases that can be found on exercise equipment such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to the American Council on Exercise. Gym members should routinely wipe down exercise equipment after use and gym employees should disinfect the equipment on a regular basis. When cleaning the equipment you have the opportunity to check for any other maintenance that may be needed.

Gym Members

Step 1

Wipe down the piece of equipment you intend to use with a towel before you begin using it. Clean any area that your body will come in contact with. Most gyms provide towels for personal use.

Step 2

Use the piece of equipment per the manufacturer’s directions. If the equipment becomes slick from your sweat, stop your exercise long enough to wipe off the slick areas.

Step 3

Wipe down the equipment once you have finished exercising. Make sure you wipe up any sweat you have left on the machine.

Step 4

Dispose of towels in the appropriate bin within the gym.

Gym Employees

Step 1

Spray a commercial-grade disinfectant on the surface of the gym equipment. The disinfectant should be sprayed evenly across any surface with which gym members may come in contact.

Step 2

Wipe the disinfectant up with a disposable towel. Ensure that every surface is wiped down completely. Throw away the disposable towel after cleaning each piece of equipment.

Step 3

Repeat the disinfecting process on a routine basis or when there is an accident that results in blood loss. Consult the local health department to determine how often local authorities require equipment be cleaned.

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