Spa & Fitness Hygiene
Date: 13-04-2016

Following up on the last article, Tatjana Ahmed, Housekeeping Manager, Grand Hyatt Dubai, elaborates on how hygiene can also be carried to the spa and fitness areas of any hotel.

People spend time at your spa and fitness facility to get healthy. There is no doubt that hygiene in the gym, spa and treatment rooms is extremely important. In order for your guests to be able to fully relax, the areas must be fresh and hygienically cleaned. A clean facility will differentiate your business and keep guests and members coming back. Smelly locker rooms, sticky equipment and dirty floors are a turn-off. Plus, warm, moist environments are ideal homes for bacteria, fungus and other illness-causing germs. With many people touching the same surfaces throughout the day, your fitness center, gym or spa needs a professional cleaning with hospitalgrade disinfectants and the best cleaning equipment available.

Wipe well

In order to properly clean a gym or fitness facility, and prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses, sanitary wipes are essential. Sanitary wipes can be used to quickly and efficiently clean the gym. They promote cleanliness amongst the gym members by allowing them to wipe down their own machines after each use.

These days, the spa and treatment rooms are the show piece of any hotel property. Whether business or leisure travelers, after an exhausting day guests expect to relax in a tranquil atmosphere and in a hygienically clean spa and relaxation area. Therefore, these areas must be cleaned around the clock, 24/7.

Assessing the cleanliness of a surface immediately after cleaning ensures contamination has been removed. System SURE Plus with its state-of-the art electronics device will assist you in ensuring that the facilities have been cleaned and bacteria removed.

There are three levels of cleaning surfaces; these levels are cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting. Cleaning does not remove microscopic organisms, cleaning only clears away any visible elements such as dust or dirt. Sanitising a surface makes it free of visible dirt contaminants that could affect your health. Sanitising is meant to reduce the occurrence and growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi. However, it is important to know that it is not meant to kill any of these microorganisms. The final level in the hierarchy is disinfecting. Disinfection is needed if the surface or instrument must be free and clear of all visible and microscopic organisms. Disinfecting a surface will ‘kill’ the microscopic organisms as claimed on the label of a particular product. And for this, various kinds of products can be used – one such product is Taski’s Sani 4 in 1 – which not only descales, but also cleans, deodorizes and disinfects in one step.

About the author: Tatjana Ahmed is the Housekeeping Manager at Grand Hyatt Dubai and Functional Specialist – Housekeeping for Hyatt International. She has been in the hospitality industry for the past 32 years and is an active member and Chairlady of the UAE Professional Housekeeper’s Group.