Did you know that how your yoga studio is cleaned can impact the physical and mental well-being of everyone in it? The EPA says our indoor air is 2 – 5 times more polluted than the outdoors. That’s largely because many of the chemical ingredients in cleaners, disinfectants and pesticides can introduce health risks into the space. Exhaust fans and open windows are typically absent in commercial settings so chemical solutions, vapors and residues build up over time and create hazards you may not want to introduce to your clientele or staff. Neurological disorders, behavioral disorders, reproductive disorders, blood and organ diseases, asthma and allergies and other health problems have been linked to chemicals in cleaning products.
Create a cleaner, healthier yoga sanctuary for the people that trust you.
Now you can have your studio and offices cleaned with SanMar’s standardized approach which uses products, equipment, and methods that have been tested over hundreds of cleanings for effectiveness and health safety. SanMar’s Green Clean Service is the most consistent and thorough cleaning available today.
We use Green cleaning solutions certified by Green Seal, which are effective for the job and also
We use multi-HEPA filtration canister vacuums that are proven to remove 99.9% of indoor pollen, pet dander, dust, dust mites and other respiratory irritants – instead of traditional vacuums, which leave 3 times more particles behind in scientific tests.
Yoga is a great way to stretch out and relax after a day full of working and dreaming about changing the world. Also, yoga is so much about cleaning your body from the inside out, or saucha, in Sanskrit. SanMar wants the opportunity to clean your studio. Yoga teachers always stress the importance of mindfulness – being fully aware of your every breath, move and action. It’s also equally important to do this in a clean yoga studio.
The flooring in yoga studios is sometimes cork which isn’t the easiest material to clean because of its super absorbent nature. But most cork floors have sealant on them and can therefore withstand light moisture. So water mixed with a neutral cleaner (Murphy oil or vinegar will work) solution works well. Just make sure to wring out the mop well before using it on the floors. Although the cork is sealed, heavy water can still damage it.
Yogis love incense and you may too. To keep your incense from creating a sticky ash on walls and surfaces, have SanMar’s cleaning experts do a walk-through evaluation of your yoga studio today.
Dust mites. Parasites. Viruses. And virulent bacteria. Practice or teach yoga in a group, and these bugs will be beside you as you move from Surya Namaskar to Sarvangasana. It’s enough to make a yogini sick—unless you take careful steps to guard against germs.
In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, saucha or cleanliness is considered an essential niyama or self-discipline. And across New York City, SanMar is helping yoga teachers keep their studios clean by are honoring this precept as they scrub mats, mop floors, and work to combat the growing number of illnesses and infections that are related to group fitness.
How does contamination happen? Bacteria can survive for several hours to several days on inanimate surfaces, while viruses can actually linger for weeks. Warm, humid conditions such as those found in hot yoga, vinyasa, or ashtanga—or a restorative class on a summer day—are the perfect breeding ground for these bugs. America’s 15.8 million yoga practitioners also play a part.
How many types of germs lurk in a group yoga setting? Literally thousands. Just walking across an unsanitary studio floor is enough for a yogini to catch athlete’s foot (a rash that leaves blisters between the toes), plantar warts (thick, raised patches of discolored skin on the bottom of the foot), or ringworm (round, red rings on the skin).
Even worse? Staphylococcus. More than 30 percent of people are silent carriers of this bacteria, which can be especially virulent in one form: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Named for the way it shrugs off antibiotics, MRSA was once the scourge of hospitals but has, since the 1990s, spread to fitness and yoga centers.
An estimated 2 million Americans carry MRSA, which can penetrate the skin through a small cut and become a large pus-filled abscess within an hour. In six percent of cases, community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) poisons the blood and leads to full-blown sepsis.
Unlike restaurants (overseen by health departments) and gyms (following guidelines set by the International Health, Racquet and Sports club Associations), yoga studios aren’t subject to strict sanitary standards. That’s why they’ve suffered bedbug and water contamination—and why instructors and studio administrators need to clean up their acts, working together to take joint responsibility for maintaining studio cleanliness.
Bikram Yoga centers, where students sweat through 105-degree heat in 40 percent humidity, require heavy-duty cleaning of carpets (twice a week) and mats (three times a day). Smaller or less-frequented studios may need to clean mats anywhere from daily to weekly. Regardless of the setting, ask the same questions: Are towels laundered after each use? Are bathrooms cleaned, floors mopped, and surfaces scrubbed on a regular basis? Contact SanMar Building Services LLC today to schedule a yoga studio cleaning appointment.