How to disinfect your training equipment
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In this new reality, in the context of the global pandemic of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), cleaning and disinfecting training equipment in gyms, boxes or training studios is crucial to help reduce contamination and spread of the virus.
All premises and equipment must be disinfected, namely: bars, bumpers, kettlebells, ergometers, training structure (rig/rack), floor, and other places such as the interior of the changing room.
It is advisable to use clothing and shoes exclusively within the facilities, and in many places, gyms ask their members to put on shoes right at the entrance of the space.
But in addition to these new routines implemented by users, the technical and cleaning team should have new procedures for cleaning and disinfecting the entire space. First of all, it is important to differentiate the concept "cleaning" and "disinfection" and explain its different benefits:
- Cleaning: cleaning involves removing impurities and microorganisms naturally present on contact surfaces. These microorganisms may be pathogenic and cleaning is not enough to completely destroy them, but their decrease can reduce the risk of infection;
- Disinfection: it is a procedure in which we use chemicals like disinfectants to destroy these microorganisms. This procedure does not clean surfaces with dirt, but along with cleaning, it can help to destroy potentially infectious agents.
To proceed with the cleaning and disinfection of space and equipment, there are some steps that we must take into account:
- Wear disposable gloves and ensure that space is well ventilated;
- Wash your hands before and after using gloves, with soap and water or an alcohol-based antiseptic solution with at least 60% alcohol;
- If the surface to be cleaned is visibly soiled, we should clean it with soap and water before applying the disinfectant;
- Do not dry the surface immediately after applying the disinfectant: it must dry naturally in the air to maintain its effectiveness.
The disinfection product we recommend for your training equipment is:
- Solution based on hydrogen peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. Since it is not a corrosive solution, it can be used on metal surfaces without corroding them. In addition, this is the most recommended for difficult to access grooves.
- Domestic hydrogen peroxide, which we usually have at home, is not recommended for use without being diluted. The diluted solution must have 0.5% hydrogen peroxide present. To prepare this solution, just:
- Place 6 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide (approximately 60 ml) in a container and add 1 cup of distilled water (approximately 240 ml);
- Mix well.
- Pour into a sprinkler.
- After the solution is prepared, it is advisable to apply it using a sprinkler and let it rest on the surface for at least 1 minute. After resting, it can be cleaned to avoid accumulating liquids.
How to clean electronic equipment:
- The monitors of ergometers, timers, or even mobile phones used during training deserve special attention so that their disinfection is effective and does not damage the equipment. If the manufacturer's manual does not have direct indications, it is advisable to use alcohol-based wipes or spray with a base of at least 70% alcohol. It is recommended that the surfaces be well dried to avoid the accumulation of liquids.
What to avoid:
Although they are some of the most recommended disinfectants to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we advise against using these to disinfect our brand equipment:
- Bleach: this is a corrosive solution that can lead to corrosion of the metal over time;
- Ethyl alcohol: this solution can lead to a color loss in some plastics and some coatings.
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC. Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html, consulted on 17 June 2020
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Disinfection of environments in healthcare and nonhealthcare settings potentially contaminated with SARS-CoV-2. ECDC: Stockholm; 2020. https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/Environmental-persistence-of-SARS_CoV_2-virus-Options-for-cleaning2020-03-26_0.pdf, consulted on 17 June 2020