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How to Clean & Disinfect Your Home Gym & Equipment

fully fitted out home gymNothing stays clean or sanitary in your home gym, not even the stool you sit on when you’re taking a break! Whilst cleaning can be a work out in and of itself, very few people choose to clean their home gym or the equipment in it because it is seen as a place where you get real sweaty right before you hit the showers. In other words, there’s no need to clean your home gym or equipment because you’re typically dirty and sweaty when you use it. This, however, could not be further from the truth because an unsanitary home gym can make you sick!

Yes, home and commercial gyms are covered in bacteria and therefore, require more than just a cleaning, but disinfection too. Today, Maid For You is sharing a comprehensive guide on how to clean your home gym and equipment which covers everything from treadmills to yoga mats. Read on!

How to Clean Your Home Gym Floor

an assortnment of different exercise equipment on a blue mat

Even if you wear clean shoes in your home gym, dust, dirt, and stains are inevitable. This is particularly true when sweat drips on the floor and gets spread around as you move from one place to another.  

Now, it’s important to note that not all home gym floors are made of the same material; some may consist of foam or rubber while others are finished in vinyl and bamboo. Depending on the type of home gym flooring you have, you will need to carry out the following cleaning process using appropriate cleaning products and tools:

  1. Remove debris from the surface by sweeping or vacuuming with a suitable attachment head. 
  2. Spot clean stains with a mild, non-toxic floor cleaner.
  3. Finish off by damp-mopping the floor with an EPA-registered disinfectant.

How to Clean Your Home Gym Equipment

home gym with treadmill, exercise bike and back exercise machine

Did you know the most common way to contaminate a surface or object is by touching it? In fact, all frequently-touched areas in a home are infested with germs and hence, must be sterilised frequently to prevent the spread of viruses including COVID-19. It’s no different where home gym equipment is concerned; all machinery and non-machinery must be cleaned and sanitised for a truly healthy workout at home! 

Here is a list of common home gym equipment along with their respective cleaning and disinfection processes.

Exercise Bike

smiling woman on blue exercise bike in her living room

From the Onepeloton to other types of exercise bikes like recumbent and elliptical bikes; pretty much every home gym is equipped with one because of the many benefits they offer. To clean and disinfect your exercise bike, start by dusting the equipment with a microfibre cloth. It is advisable to use a brush (preferably a narrow one) to remove dust from tight spaces like the flywheel. For stains and stubborn dirt, take a clean, damp cloth and gently remove them. If needed, use a mild cleaning agent like dish soap to scrub them away. Finish off by disinfecting parts of the exercise bike that encounter frequent body contact.

Treadmill

standalone treadmill in a hotel lobby

Most treadmills have handrails and a touch panel; these are perhaps the only areas that users frequently touch, however, that doesn’t mean the rest of the machine should not be cleaned! 

Here is a quick guide to cleaning and sanitising your treadmill:

  1. Wipe down the entire machine with a dry dust cloth, followed by a clean damp one.
  2. Clean the belt with a soft-bristled brush; spot clean stains with water and dish soap. Be sure to rotate the belt for an all-round clean, and then wipe over it with a damp cloth to remove traces of the cleaning solution.
  3. For the touch panel/buttons, dampen a clean microfibre cloth with your choice of disinfectant, and wipe gently to sterilise the surface.
  4. Do the same for the handrails and other frequently-touched areas of your treadmill.

Yoga Mat

woman doing a yoga pose on a red yoga mat

More than any other piece of exercise equipment or workout aids, it’s your yoga mat that ends up being the most grimy and germy thing in your home gym. These rubber mats harbour body oils and bacteria, making them a very unsanitary mat to lie on until cleaned and sterilised properly. 

To do this, take the mat to your bathroom (ensure that the floor is clean) and roll it open. Rinse off loose debris from both sides, and apply a cleaning solution made of water and dish soap. Scrub the yoga mat gently with a soft brush (on both sides), and rinse off thoroughly. Allow the mat to dry completely by laying it flat on a porous material. Once dry, sterilise both sides of your yoga mat by spraying it with a disinfectant; give it about 15 minutes to act before wiping over it with a damp cloth.

NOTE: Resistance bands can be cleaned in the same manner.

Dumbbells

an assortment of dumbbells and kettle bells on a wooden deck

Last but not least, cleaning and disinfecting your dumbbells should be done more often than other home gym equipment because they are handheld objects and therefore, get contaminated the fastest. Fortunately, it is quick and easy to clean and sterilise dumbbells, however, there is one crucial thing to keep in mind when you do -- the cleaning agent and disinfectant must be chosen in accordance with the metal to ensure that no damage is caused.

With that sorted out, the simple process to clean dumbbells starts with wiping them down using a dust cloth, and then cleaning with a damp microfibre cloth. Finish off by applying a disinfectant when the surface is dry, and you’re done! Kindly note that weights, kettlebells, and barbells can also be cleaned and disinfected in the same manner.

Don’t Forget to Clean & Disinfect the Following Equipment/Surfaces

Blue yoga mat, water bottle, pink dumbells and a skipping rope on a living room floor

  • Mirrors
  • Racks
  • Bench press
  • Medicine balls
  • Pull-up bar
  • Switchboards
  • Wall fixtures
  • Shelving and tables
  • Seating (stools, benches, etc) 

Because every home gym is unique and consists of different equipment, the way you clean and disinfect your space will ultimately depend on the types of materials present in the room. However, to give your home gym a general clean and to sterilise equipment, the guide above will certainly help you meet your requirements!

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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