With the fall sporting season about to kick off, you need the best way to clean locker rooms. Dirty locker rooms are more than smelly and unpleasant. They can be downright dangerous. Keep your team's space in great shape by cleaning the right way.
Fall Sports—More Than Just an Activity
The benefits of youth-based sports run deep. Sure, they build team pride and school spirit, but these activities help youth with weight control, problem-solving skills, self-esteem and more. School-based sports also lead to reduced rates of juvenile arrests, teen pregnancies and school dropout.
The benefits reach well beyond the school yard. "Sports also create important opportunities for students to contribute to the school community, which may cultivate an increased commitment to, or identification with, school and school values." According to L.A. Taliaferro in the Journal of School Health.
The message seems to be getting out. Today, some 36,250,000 American school kids ages 5-18 play youth sports.
The Dangers of a Dirty Locker Room
But no one wants to spend time in a dirty locker room. Unpleasant, unclean locker rooms may host a variety of dangerous pathogens from tinea pedis (athlete's foot), conjunctivitis (pink eye,) ringworm, Herpes Gladiatorum (mat herpes) and even the potentially deadly Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA.)
The CDC states that over 80,000 invasive MRSA infections and 11,285 related deaths occur each year. It's transferred by skin-to-skin contact or through contaminated personal items. MRSA spreads easily in close quarters like locker rooms as do the less deadly but still dangerous pathogens.
The Risks Continue
Along with harboring dangerous pathogens, dirty locker rooms are breeding grounds for odor causing bacteria, mold and mildew. Does your locker room smell bad even right after cleaning it? That's bacteria. It thrives in hard to reach places like tile grout, floor drains and wall corners and lives off the soils and nutrients in the dirty mop water that you just used to "clean."
The same holds for smelly mold and mildew. Often humid, locker rooms are great places for mold and mildew to grow. Trying to clean with rags or a mop deposits more water on the area, encouraging more mold growth and more unpleasant smells. Left unchecked, mold can produce allergens, irritants, and sometimes toxic substances. These can trigger asthma attacks and irritate the eyes, throat, nose, and lungs of both allergic and nonallergic people.
Kaivac For Varsity-Level Clean
Get your school ready for fall sports by switching to the best way to clean locker rooms. Ditch your dirty mops and rags; they just spread dirt around. Use an OmniFlex Spray-and-Vac instead.
The multipurpose Spray-and-Vac fully removes 99% of smelly soils and pathogens while leaving floors perfectly dry. It cleans better than other methods, is easy to use and offers a rapid return on invest.
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