Everything Owners Need To Know About Fitness Center Cleaning: How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Gym Cleaning Service


Let's face it; sweaty bodies stink. What's more, they help create breeding grounds for bacteria and other germs. Patrons moving from machine to machine and from locker room to workout room, carry not only germs from the gym, but bacteria from outside, as well.

The cleanliness of your fitness facility goes a long way toward making your clientele feel safe and valued. It also serves as an advertisement when signing on new members. People walking into a dark gym that smells of old sweat and body odor, and that shows signs of needing a good cleaning, are far less likely to sign on the dotted line.

What do Your Clients Expect?

Though hygiene is important, especially in a gym, clients look for a clean environment for other reasons. For one thing, they say it makes them feel safer, and more confident in both your brand and your employees. It also makes them feel valued as customers. That feeling keeps them coming back to your facility. What's more, they recommend it to their friends.

What do you need to do to engender that goodwill? It doesn't take too much, actually, for your customers to feel your facility is a clean one. You need good lighting, a clean scent, and well-kept restrooms and locker rooms.

What Bacteria Lurk in Your Gym?

Of course, cleanliness is more than the gym looking good. Damp, humid conditions create an ideal breeding ground for lots of nasty things. Your customers come to you to improve their health, not ruin it. Not to mention your staff; a clean facility cuts down on sick days.

A poorly maintained fitness center leads to a wide variety of illnesses and health issues, from the relatively mild case of athlete's foot to outbreaks of flu. Of course, don't brush off those athlete's foot cases. The fungus causing that, called dermatophyte, causes a wide variety of fungal infections, and transfers from person to person easily, through any contact with bodily fluid.

The Benefits of Outsourcing Your Cleaning Duties

Professional cleaners are just that: professional. They have the training and expertise to keep your gym looking great. You can even find companies that specialize in fitness centers, and therefore have the experience to keep yours safe, healthy, and clean.

When deciding whether the cost is worth it, consider the full cost of assigning these duties to staff. First, look at the salary and benefits paid to your staff. Next, consider the cost of cleaning supplies and equipment, as well as replenishing these supplies.

Also, recognize the varying levels of efficiency between a professional cleaning crew and your staff. The professional-level equipment, cleansers, and tools a commercial company provides are a big part of what makes them so efficient and effective. The other part is that, simply put, this is their job. They aren't trainers taking their turn with a mop, they're full-time custodial workers.

Finally, consider the flexibility in scheduling a professional team to work either during non-peak hours, or after business hours if yours is not a 24-hour facility. This way, your members get a clean facility without the interruptions and inconvenience of a cleaning crew.

You may choose to combine professional cleaning company, which would handle the more intense cleaning needs of your facility, with your in-house team performing light duties, such as wiping down machines and similar low-level cleaning tasks.

The Average Costs of a Commercial Cleaning Service

Many variables go into determining the cost of a cleaning service, so offering an accurate "you can expect to pay X" statement isn't possible. Pricing varies based on building size, geographical location, and your individual cleaning needs. However, there are common ranges and billing methods.

Most commercial cleaners charge by the hour or by the square foot. If the cleaner charges hourly, expect to pay between $20 and $50 per hour. If the company charges by the square foot, expect to pay between $0.05 and $0.20 per square foot. Deeper cleaning, such as carpets and rugs, windows, and floor waxing, typically costs more.

The company will likely ask you to sign at least a 12-month contract. Do not sign anything unless it includes a cancelation clause. This protects you in the event you are unhappy with the company's services.

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To receive an accurate estimate, know the following:

  • The square footage of the area you want cleaned
  • How much traffic your facility gets
  • How often you want it cleaned
  • The age and condition of the building
  • Any special cleaning requests

If you are interested in learning more, request a free quote today.

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