Location: Fitzroy, 24 hour gym with around 80 regular visitors daily
Problem: Everything looked clean and surfaces lacked any obvious dirt or buildups, yet the gym was developing a very strong and unpleasant smell even right after a clean.
Due to the nature of exercise and the stench most people generate when they sweat a lot of gyms don’t smell great. This is particularly true during heavily active hours when lots of people are exercising.
One of the main functions of regular cleaning at a gym is to help combat this. Good regular cleaning should mean that the smell is reduced significantly.
But as we entered this gym to offer them a quote for cleaning one quiet weekday morning we were immediately hit by a very unusual and prominent smell, one we had not had the displeasure of dealing with before…
Superficially the gym was quite well kept. Surfaces looked clean, windows were nice and crisp and even less obvious places didn’t seem to have a buildup of dust. Their cleaners were obviously thorough, at least in terms of removing dirt.
We had to dig a little deeper to discover what the real culprit was: the cleaning products.
Sweat attracts a lot bacteria, which in turn creates body odour. This carries over to any surfaces it touches and, significantly, can combine with dirt to form buildups which are one of the more prominent sources of bad smells in gyms.
Logically that means a focus on removing buildups is functional, as it will help avoid smell buildups and has the most visual impact.
However, a focus on just removing dust and dirt might work in an office or even a school or something that just attracts traffic, but in a gym the prominence of bacteria means it needs to be treated in many ways as something closer to a medical facility where sanitisation and disinfecting are integral.
We advised the gym of our extensive range of effective sanitisation and disinfecting cleaning products and the way that we could maintain that quality of cleaning with the added benefit of cleaning in ways that couldn’t be seen.
A year on the gym has reported that the strong smell is nearly never present even on busy days and that regulars and new customers alike have enjoyed the ability to breath a little deeper.