CrossFit Gym Cleaning Checklist

September 22, 2020

CrossFit Gym Cleaning Checklist

A clean CrossFit gym signals to members the importance the space reserves in their life. But a gym has many types of equipment and spaces. Knowing what to clean, how often and when it was last cleaned is important in gym sanitation. Having an inventory of your gym equipment in a spreadsheet with the last time it was cleaned is an effective way to keep a log of past cleanings.

The equipment that needs to be cleaned most often are gym floors and pull up bars because of chalk use. Chalk particles can quickly coat gym floors and pull up bars making them slippery. WODWAX reduces your gym's need for chalk, helping you reduce the cleaning necessary for your gym. Learn more about WODWAX with the button below.

Cleaning CrossFit Gym Floor Mats

To clean gym floor mats you’ll need the following supplies:

  • Broom
  • Vacuum
  • Mop and bucket
  • Dish Soap
  • Vinegar

How to:

Start off by sweeping the gym floors with the broom to accumulate dust and other particulate. Dust buildup typically happens are the entrances and under equipment involving chalk. Once you’ve swept your floors into a pile, use a vacuum to suck up the dirt. Then add warm water, dish soap, and vinegar into the mop bucket and mop the floors.

Preventative maintenance:

Reduce your floor mess by having members change into gym shoes at the door and keep WODWAX available. WODWAX creates a grippy and protective barrier over the pull up bar that reduces the need for chalk, decreasing the mess chalk makes.

Cleaning Pull Up Bar

crossfit gym cleaning checklist

  • To pull up bars you’ll need the following supplies:
  • Vinegar
  • Nylon brush
  • 3-in-1 Oil
  • WD-40 or lubricant of choice
  • Lint free rag/towel/shirt


How to:

Soak the bar in vinegar. Vinegar will help dissolve the chalk. Wipe the bar with the rag to remove the vinegar. Then apply the 3-in-1 oil to replenish the metal and use the nylon brush to get into the crevices. Wipe with the cloth to remove the excess oil.

Preventative maintenance:

Reduce the chalk build up by coating the bar in WODWAX. This will create a protective barrier for hands, increase grip, and reduce chalk build up because the wax limits accumulation in the crevices of the bar.

How to Sanitize Weight Plates

To sanitize weight plates, wipe down with a disinfectant wipe after use. You can also use a disinfectant spray like Lysol. If a spray is used, make sure to wipe the plates with a towel otherwise they can be slippery.

How to Clean Gymnastic Rings

Wipe rings with antibacterial cloth. Use murphy’s oil or mineral oil to keep the wood healthy.

How to Clean Climbing Rope

Fill a tub with warm water and place rope in water for an hour. Then add a non-aggressive soap like dish soap. Do not wash with a detergent. This will reduce the strength of the rope. Move the rope around in the water. Drain and repeat if still dirty.

How to Sanitize Kettlebells

WD-40 stabilizes rust by keeping water out, but you're going to handle kettlebells and grind sweat into them. For a long term fix, you can clean it with an abrasive and paint them. Rustoleum makes anti-rust spray paint that is effective.

How to Clean Rower

It is particularly important to ensure that there is no dust build up in the clutch and belt mechanism between the top and bottom decks. Dust can be removed by using a vacuum cleaner.

How to Clean Air Bike

To clean the bike you can wet a shop rag or paper towel with water and a mild cleaner or detergent. For dust build up, us a vacuum or duster to clean an air bike.