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How Clean is the Gym?

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services How Clean is the Gym? This shower floor in Plano, Texas has an ATP score of over 3,000--well above the <10 score we maintain for safety and cleanliness.

Bacteria in Athletic Training 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 bacteria that isn’t visible to the naked eye.  

Microbial contamination is very common in athletic facilities, but it can happen everywhere.  Bacteria is present in hospitals, schools, hotels, stores -- everywhere. Every surface and textile can host microorganisms, including allergy and disease causing bacteria including MSRA (staph infection bacteria), gram negative bacteria (salmonella, E. coli), fungi, mold, and mildew.   

Dirtiest Places in the Gym

SERVPRO of North Irving tested an athletic training facility for contamination levels, and we found high levels of bacteria in the following places (click for photos):

In an athletic environment, it's important to clean surface areas where athletes are likely to make contact and ensure that the disinfectant used is safe for skin contact and does not leave an unpleasant or lingering odor.  

Top 5 Cleaning Questions

When we’re asked to clean facilities, five questions are normally asked:

  1. How do you clean these areas without leaving a chemical odor or harming an athlete's skin?
  2. How do you really know its clean?
  3. When are you available?
  4. How fast can you do the work?
  5. What’s the cost?

1. How do you clean athletic training facilities and equipment without leaving an 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 antimicrobial, mildewcide, bactericide, fungicide, and deodorant properties.  

Once this cleaning agent is dried on the surface, it’s safe 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.

2. 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.  

We approach 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.  Anything alive has ATP. The greater the ATP level, the greater the microbial contamination.

We take 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.  

To read a thorough explanation of ATP tests and what their results mean, read our article “Proving Cleanliness on Hard Surfaces.”

Check out a before and after photo:

Sink Handle Before & After

  1. When are you available?

We are available 24 hours a day.  Cleaning should be scheduled when the facility is not in use.  

  1. How fast can you do the work?

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.

  1. What’s the cost?

The cost is dependent on the size of the facility, the number of equipment that needs sanitizing, and the state of cleanliness.  For example, it is much easier to quickly clean an entire gym with just a few pieces of equipment and light soil. An athletic facility with lots of equipment and heavy soil levels takes more time and therefore has a higher cost.

Give us a call to schedule a free consultation and bid!

Ready for 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 contamination testing.  

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Dallas Texas

SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

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Proving Cleanliness on Hard Surfaces

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services Proving Cleanliness on Hard Surfaces This shower floor in Plano was ATP tested prior to cleaning. Its score was 3,263--a fail. A passing score on a non-porous material is 10 or less.

Proving Cleanliness on Hard Surfaces

Contamination on hard surfaces happen everywhere -- schools, gyms, stores, homes, and hospitals.  It happens everywhere!

We have been servicing Dallas Fort Worth homes and businesses for 30 years.  We have dealt with all types of contamination, and we have helped thousands of people sanitize their environment.  We have seen it all, and we can help you through it all.

When SERVPRO of North Irving is called to sanitize an environment, we test for contamination levels before and after cleaning.  For us, the cleaning process isn’t just about spraying chemicals and wiping them off. Our cleaning process scientifically proves the success of our work.

Testing for Cleanliness Using an ATP Test

We use ATP testing to prove contamination levels.  ATP -- adenosine triphosphate -- is found in all living cells.  Anything alive has ATP. The greater the ATP level, the greater the microbial contamination.  

We take an ATP sample of different surfaces before and after they are cleaned, and this is how we prove:

1) if your surface is dirty enough to warrant professional cleaning, and

2) that our team has successfully sanitized the area after cleanup

Our primary purpose in testing for ATP is to prove our results and ensure the safety of our customers.  If any item fails to receive a passing ATP score, the area is cleaned again at no added cost to the customers.  Our process is thorough and gives our customers peace of mind.

When a cleaning project is done through an insurance claim, we are sometimes asked by insurance companies and adjusters to prove our work.  This is understandable. They want to make sure their customers are taken care of, too. When this happens, we happily share our photo and paper documentation of our results.

ATP Sampling

How does ATP work?  The process is simple but requires training.   Our technicians are trained to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to the contamination site.  We follow strict safety protocols.

First, we use an ATP Sampling Swab and swab the surface area of the affected surface.  The swab is coated with a detergent that lifts ATP from the item. This detergent will not damage the material it touches.  It dries in just seconds.

Then, we moisten the ATP swab with a bioluminescent reagent which will make the ATP create light.  The amount of light that is created is directly correlated to the amount of ATP.

Finally, we insert the wet swab into an ATP meter to measure our results.  The result we receive is in Relative Light Units (RLU). Using this data, our technicians know the level of contamination.  

Our measurement for hard surface, non porous contamination is:

  • Pass:  =<10 RLU
  • Fail: >10 RLU

A Pass score puts the item at a food grade safe level, meaning it is clean enough to prepare food on without the risk of contamination.  When we clean an item, we often get a passing score on our first try in about ten minutes.

If an item receives a fail score, it will be cleaned again.

The Cleaning Process

SERVPRO of North Irving ensures our cleaning process is objective and science based.  We use EPA registered disinfectants with antimicrobial, mildewcide, bactericide, fungicide, and deodorant properties.  

Our disinfectants helps prevent:

  • Bacteria that causes allergies
  • Disease causing bacteria including MSRA (staph infection bacteria)
  • Gram negative bacteria (salmonella, E. coli)
  • Fungi
  • Mold
  • Mildew

The specific disinfectant we choose for your project will depend on the type of contamination present.  

After pre testing the area and finding the trouble spots, our technicians will apply the correct disinfectant.  We will do this in one pass and allow the chemical the appropriate dwell time for it to be completely effective.  After dwell time, our technicians will clean the area and get any remaining chemical spray off. Afterward, we will perform an ATP post test to make sure it’s clean.

All pre and post test ATP results are documented and can be provided to you at the end of the project.

Odor Removal

If odor is a concern, we can use a fragrance free version of a deodorizer, which contains all the same bacteria eliminating properties.  We can also temporarily install an air scrubber with carbon and HEPA filtration for the duration of the cleaning process.

Proven Clean

When it comes to health and safety, looking clean isn’t good enough.  Trust us to decontaminate your living space with the highest quality disinfectants and scientific testing tools available today.  

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Dallas Texas

SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

Follow us:

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www.SERVPROnorthirving.com

“Like it never even happened.” only happens here.