Wood Gymnasium

The Do’s and Don’ts of Gym Floor Care

Robbins Maple Hardwood at Maravian Academy

Robbins Hardwood at Maravian Academy

The Do’s and Don’ts of Proper Wood Gym Floor Care

Here is a quick list of do’s and don’ts for gym floor care.  It is important to properly maintain your gym floor to prevent hazardous conditions that may cause injury to the athletes or spectators that use the area.  These tips should accommodate a periodical cleaning routine already established by maintenance officials.

Do’s

  • Always be sure to sweep the floor at least once a day with a properly treated dust mop. This helps keep dirt and grit off the surface, extending the life of your floor.
  • Always clean up any spills as soon as possible. It is important to keep any moisture off the floor at all times.
  • Always protect your floors with proper mats or plywood boards before rolling out any bleachers or stages onto the surface.
  • If your floors are maple hardwood, it is important to keep the humidity of your gymnasium around 30-50%. Too much humidity and not enough can cause floor boards to expand and contract.

Don’ts

  • It is important to never shut down your ventilation system for an extended amount of time. Shutting off the ventilation system increases humidity and will make wooden floor boards to expand and contract, which can cause serious damage to the surface.
  • Obviously, it is important never to use water to clean your floor. This will lead to your floor taking in moisture and causing it to warp. Make sure to contact your installer to learn about the recommended cleaning solutions for your surface.
  • It is important to never use tape on your wooden gym floor, this could eat away at the finish of the floor and cause permanent damage.
  • Never use household cleaning products on your floor, these can eat away at the finish or leave the surface slippery, which will affect the performance of your athletes and possibly causing harm.