Without a well-designed maintenance plan, the glistening, smooth, and multipurpose properties of your gym flooring can quickly fade. To assist with the ongoing battle against premature wear and tear, our gym flooring pros have come up with some helpful tips to help you make the most of your precious gym flooring for years to come.
Fortunately, many of these strategies can be incorporated into your maintenance plan without relevant experience or a serious investment. As long as you keep up with these simple steps regularly, your athletes can expect to enjoy predictable surface conditions and you sidestep a range of common and avoidable gym flooring expenses.
Protect Your Surfaces From Mud, Salt, & Spills
There are several steps you can take to boost your gym flooring defenses with minimal effort on your end. For starters, you can mitigate a significant amount of surface damage by limiting food and beverages allowed on the gym floor. Place visible “no food and drink” signage at entry areas, the locker rooms, and within the gym itself. If the space is staffed, ensure that all team members understand the rules and assist in enforcing the mess-free policy.
Next, you can invest in gym-floor-saving mats at the doors and consider other beneficial upgrades like shoe cubbies to keep mud, road salt, and other natural debris away from the gym floors. If your facility already has locker rooms, requesting that athletes use an alternative pair of shoes will be even easier to encourage.
Clean Your Gym Floors Daily
Even if athletes use clean shoes and respect your no-food policy, filthy accumulation is impossible to avoid. And, when it comes to sensitive surfaces like gym floors, this accumulation can lead to the premature breakdown of surface coatings or begin to affect the integrity of the underlying materials.
Depending on the type of surface material, the type of cleaner and tool you use will vary. For hardwood flooring, a microfiber broom with a pH-neutral cleanser is the safest option. Since a traditional mop and bucket can easily oversaturate and soak into the porous woods if there is a crack or gap in the seal, stay safe and keep cleaning on the drier side.
For other surfaces like rubberized mats, use a material-approved cleaner or a mild soap/water solution to prevent damage. Regardless of surface type, be sure to spot-test all substances on a small section before applying to any larger gym areas.
Keep Up With Your Surface Coating
Refreshing and replacing the surface coating is always cheaper than replacing the expensive sublayers. As your cleaning team manages the daily upkeep, look for surface inconsistencies like discoloration, rough sections, or areas that have lost their reflective sheen.
If your gym flooring has started to fade, peel, or crack, we can help. Our affordable gym flooring installations and resurfacing expertise are available for hardwood, rubberized surfaces, and every other type of indoor surface there is.