Winter can be a huge problem if you are trying to keep your gym floors looking as good as possible. It can cause the floors to look dingy and can wear away at the protective coating that might be on the floor. This can cause permanent damage to the floors. Here are some tips for protecting your gym floor during the winter.
1. Place Doormats At Each Entrance to the Gym
The first thing that you need to do is give people a place to actually rid their shoes of the salt that could cause problems. It's not fair to expect people to worry about salt but not actually give them a place to get rid of it. Place doormats at each entrance to the gym itself, as well as long runners near the entrances to the building itself. This will allow you to reduce the amount of salt that gets tracked throughout the building, as well as the amount of salt that enters the gym. Put up signs that remind people to wipe off their shoes.
2. Get the Schedule of Events for Effective Covering
You should cover your gym with tarps whenever it is not being used. However, covering the floor of your gym might take a long time and it might not be worth it if the gym is just going to be used in a few hours or the next day. Get the schedule of events that will be held in the gym so that you can identify times that the gym floor needs to be covered. This will make it much easier for you to actually get yourself to take the time and effort to use the gym tarps.
3. Pay Attention to the Temperature of the Gym
The next thing that you need to do is pay attention to how warm the gym is. You want to control the temperature so that it doesn't go below between 60 degrees and 70 degrees in order to ensure that the hardwood floor does not shrink and expand. Also be sure that you are actively maintaining humidity levels so that they don't go below 35 percent and don't go above 50 percent. Talk to the manufacturer about the specific temperature and humidity level you want to keep your gym at.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in gym floor cover tarps. They will be able to give you application advice.