How Dirty is My Gym? Bacterial Levels in Athletic Facilities
How Dirty is My Gym?
Bacterial Levels in Athletic Facilities
It’s sometimes easy to see when something isn’t clean. A floor can have mud tracks or a piece of equipment an unpleasant smell. Yet, sometimes, what looks clean can actually be hosting a high level of microbial contamination that isn’t visible to the naked eye.
Microbial contamination is very common in athletic facilities, but it can happen everywhere--from hospitals to schools, to hotels and stores. Every surface and textile can host microorganisms, including allergy and disease-causing bacteria including MSRA (staph bacteria), gram-negative bacteria (salmonella, E. coli), fungi, mold, and mildew.
SERVPRO® of North Irving tested an athletic facility for contamination levels, and we found high levels of bacteria in the following places (click for photos):
- Door handle to locker room
- Door handle to training room
- Locker room floor
- Player locker
- Bathroom sink handle
- Bathroom shower floor
In an athletic environment, its important to both clean surface areas where athletes are likely to make contact, yet ensure that the disinfectant used is safe for skin contact and does not leave an unpleasant or lingering odor.
When we’re asked to clean facilities, three questions are normally asked:
- How do you clean these areas without leaving a chemical odor or harming an athlete's skin?
- How do you really know its clean?
- When are you available and how fast can you do the work?
How do you clean these areas without leaving a chemical odor or harming an athlete's skin?
SERVPRO® of North Irving has various options to help meet the needs of different teams and facilities. A popular option is to use a Fragrance-Free Disinfectant with anti-microbial, mildewcide, bactericide, fungicide, and deodorant properties. Once this cleaning agent is dried on the surface, it’s safe for an athlete to touch. To further help eliminate odor, we can also install a temporary air scrubber with carbon and HEPA filtration for the duration of the cleaning process.
Whatever the needs of your facility, rest assured that we will find a way to help.
How do you really know its clean?
When it comes to health and safety of players, looking clean is not good enough.
Clean has to be proven.
SERVPRO® of North Irving approaches cleaning tasks with an objective and science-based approach. We use ATP testing to prove contamination levels. ATP--adenosine triphosphate--is found in all living cells and is often called the molecular unit of currency of intracellular energy transfer.
Anything alive has ATP. The greater the ATP level, the greater the microbial contamination.
SERVPRO® of North Irving takes an ATP sample before and after cleaning. We test before to prove that the item is contaminated enough to warrant professional cleaning and afterward to prove it's been sanitized successfully. Any item with a score of 10 or below is considered sanitary. Anything above that warrants a second cleaning.
To read a thorough explanation of ATP tests and what their results mean, read our article “Proving Contamination Levels (and Cleanliness) on Hard Surfaces”.
Check out a before and after photo:
When are you available and how fast can you do the work?
We are available 24/7. The cleaning should be scheduled when the facility is not in use. The time it takes for testing, pre-cleaning, sanitation, and post-testing varies on the size of the facility and the degree of contamination. Most facilities can be cleaned in less than one (1) day. Give us a call to schedule a free consultation.
Does my gym need professional cleaning services?
If you’re unsure whether you need professional cleaning services like ours, we can still test your facility for contamination levels and provide you with a report that will detail which areas pose a health risk to athletes and should be cleaned. Give us a call at (972) 986-7677 to schedule an estimate. We will take a look at your facility and will provide you a bid for pre-testing.
SERVPRO of North Irving has over 30-years of experience remediating water, fire, and mold damage. We routinely provide commercial cleaning services to our business customers. We are also a Texas Licensed Mold Contractor servicing Irving and all surrounding Dallas and Ft. Worth communities. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.
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