There’s nothing like working up a good sweat… Except when all of that sweat drips down and makes a mess out of your home gym equipment!
If you want to get the most out of your exercise equipment, keeping it all clean is an absolute must.
Ignoring your gym equipment could result in a musty, stinky exercise room – and nobody wants to work out in a funky, uninviting space! Even worse, letting sweat, grime, and dust build up on your home gym equipment can mean that all sorts of bacteria, fungi, and germs get a chance to flourish and grow, which could make you sick over time.
Ready to make sure that your workout space is a welcoming, germ-free zone? Here’s how to clean and sanitize three common types of exercise equipment and gear.
1.) Cleaning Treadmills, Exercise Bikes, Ellipticals, and Other Machines
OK, time for some honesty. Not all of us actually use our home gym gear as much as we might have expected when we bought it.
If you don’t use your large exercise equipment as much as you’d like, it’s important to keep these items clean and free of dust, even when they’re sitting still.
Make sure that your workout equipment is part of your regular dusting regimen, and frequently wipe these machines down with a dry microfiber cloth. Maybe getting all the dust off will encourage you to start firing up that treadmill again!
Now, when you do use your exercise equipment, be sure to clean each piece frequently. You may want to wipe down your machines after every use, using a microfiber cloth, bamboo towel, or your favorite antibacterial wipe to help get rid of sweat.
Before you do a deeper clean, make sure that your equipment is unplugged, to minimize the risk of any shocks or accidents. Also, keep this in mind: These are sophisticated, computerized machines, and they probably won’t stand up well to harsh chemical cleaners.
So, instead of dumping on industrial bleach, a wipe down using a microfiber cloth dampened with your favorite disinfectant should do the trick. Ideas for a cleaning solution may include vinegar and water, or your favorite multi-surface cleaner.
2.) Cleaning Weights, Exercise Balls, Bands, and Dumbbells
Like your exercise machines, your stationary weights, dumbbells, and other home gym accessories can get dusty, so be sure to regularly target them for dusting.
And when these workout tools are in heavy rotation? You may find that they can get just as sweaty, grimy, and germy as your exercise equipment. If you go to use a kettlebell, weight or exercise ball and it seems dirty, a quick wipe down with a clean cloth and cleaning solution should do the trick.
Go with a simple approach. A little bit of dish soap and water and a microfiber cloth, or even a store-bought antibacterial wipe, should be enough to make everything feel like new.
3.) Cleaning Yoga Mats and Accessories
Yoga can be a totally rejuvenating activity, strengthening your muscles and joints at the same time that it helps relax your mind. But as any regular yoga practitioner will tell you, yoga mats can get sweaty, stinky, and unappealing in a hurry.
When it’s time to clean your yoga mat, be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions. You don’t want to do anything that may cause damage to this important (and expensive) piece of equipment.
For most rubber yoga mats, you should be able to keep sweat stains and unwanted odors away with a solution of hot water and dish soap; you can either apply this mixture directly with a clean cloth, or try soaking your yoga mat in the bathtub or shower. Either way, be sure to wipe the excess water off with a clean, dry towel, and let your yoga mat hang dry for a while before you attempt to use it again.
4.) Don’t Forget the Whole Space!
Having clean, ready-to-use workout equipment will go a long way toward making sure that your home gym feels fresh. But don’t forget the little things! When it comes to getting your exercise space exactly right, there are plenty of other factors that can make a huge difference.
For example, intense workouts can lead to steamy windows. Regularly making sure that your windows are clean and clear can help let light into your exercise room – and cut down on the risk of nasty mold and mildew growing!
Similarly, letting air flow throughout your exercise room may be key during a particularly hot workout. To help keep cool air flowing, you’ll need to regularly turn your attention to clearing your AC vents, and maybe even those hard-to-reach spots, like your ceiling fan or high corners.
Floors, windows, walls, vents – every home gym will be different, but the bottom line is the same. The more care you put into making this space inviting and accessible, the more you will get out of it!
Who’s Your ‘Workout’ Buddy?
Studies say that working out with a partner or a group can help make it easier to get in the swing of things. Well, the same goes for keeping your home gym clean and ready to use!
That’s where Sweeping Dimensions comes in! Here at SDCS, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful – and we’d be happy to help you really make the most of your exercise room.
Whether you’re looking for deep cleaning, light housekeeping, or one-time service for a special event, we can help provide exactly what you’re looking for. Our professionally-trained teams have the skills it takes to tackle every room in your house with care and unparalleled attention to detail.
We offer flexible time windows, and we’ll bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products.
Ready to only break a sweat when you want to? Get in touch today for your free service estimate!