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In today’s competitive leisure and fitness arena, it’s essential to maintain a fresh and welcoming environment. One of the biggest challenges is keeping any unpleasant odors at bay, and ensuring that the whole gym smells clean and uplifting. Stale aromas can deter users, who may even decide to take their custom elsewhere. 

Here are the top three offending odors that can spoil the ambience of a gym, and how they can be combated. 

The stale sweat stench

Gyms are naturally places where people get sweaty as they work out. This is the body’s natural cooling mechanism as the core temperature is elevated during exercise, and therefore it’s essential to prevent overheating. 

While it’s good practice to gently encourage customers to have high hygiene standards with regular showers, personal deodorants, and clean clothing, sweating is an inevitable and necessary consequence of exercise. In fact, most sweat is odorless unless the person has been eating an excess of strongly flavored foods such as onions and garlic. 

It is actually the combination of sweat and bacteria that produces bad odor. Over time, the sweat mixed with bacteria transfers itself to all surfaces in the gym including equipment and flooring and linger in the air, and this is what causes that all too familiar sweaty and stale funk. 

To combat this unwelcome odor, it’s important to ensure that the gym is well ventilated and regularly cleaned with antibacterial products. However, these measures alone will not usually be enough to eliminate unwanted odors in a busy gym environment. Therefore, consider investing in a scent diffuser with odor-neutralizing technology. 

These products simultaneously release a pleasant fragrance of your choice, while also dispersing molecules that interact with the source of the malodor to remove offensive smells. 

The less than dewy mildew and mold odor

Gym locker rooms and showers rarely smell as fresh as mountain dew, even with a regular cleaning schedule in place. These areas are not only prone to the stale sweat smells of the main workout rooms, but can also smell musty and damp due to constant excess moisture in the atmosphere from showers and perspiration-soaked clothing.

Again, these areas should be well-ventilated with appropriately positioned powerful extractor fans, clear wall and ceiling vents that are not blocked with dirt and fibers or by equipment and furniture, and openable windows. They should also be regularly cleaned, with fresh towels to hand to encourage customers to shower and dry off thoroughly after a workout. 

The unlovely lobby area

The lobby is crucial to make a positive impression on visitors as soon as they walk through the door. Unfortunately, this area can all too easily be contaminated with an unappealing combination of all the above odors, plus smells of cleaning products and pool chemicals. 

Instead, ensure that your scent diffuser is in place to neutralize the unwanted smells and to emit a fresh and welcoming fragrance such as citrus or peppermint. 

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