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Keep It Clean: Essential Salon Sanitation

We all need to make a concerted effort to help shift the public’s negative views of nail salons. Your station, pedicure chair, and implements must be cleaned before each client. And the thing is, it’s not that difficult to follow standard procedures. Here, we’ve included a checklist of the basics you should be following.

Sanitation in the salon is of the utmost importance. We’re not here to preach to you (well, maybe we are just a little) but taking care of your clients’ health should be extremely important to you. There are stories of dirty nail salons using unclean implements all the time. Not only can you be fined for these violations, but you are also putting your clients at risk. We all need to make a concerted effort to help shift the public’s negative views of nail salons. Your station, pedicure chair, and implements must be cleaned before each client. And the thing is, it’s not that difficult to follow standard procedures. Below, we’ve included a checklist of the basics you should be following. This is only the beginning; you can find much more detailed information on the NAILS website (see “Find It All Online”). And we urge you to take our Pledge (download it at www.nailsmag.com/handouts).

Here are the basics of an effective sanitation program:

o Wash your hands and have your clients do the same prior to each service.
o  Use clean towels or manicure mats for each client.
o  Sanitize and disinfect all reusable manicuring tools in accordance with state regulations and industry “best practices.”
o  Any tools that can’t be disinfected are disposed of or given to the client after a single use.
o  Never use a blade to cut any skin, including calluses. Heavy callus needs to be taken down gently, sometimes over the course of a few services.
o  Use only quality, professional-grade, legal, and safe products.
o  Take steps to minimize your exposure to odors, vapors, and filing dust in the salon. These steps include using covered waste cans, keeping products tightly covered, and taking out only enough product to be used on each service.
o  Keep Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on all the products you use.
o  No matter what type of pedicure spa you use, always follow the proper safety procedures from the Pedicure Equipment Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures for Nail Technicians. There are specific instructions for cleaning after every client, at the end of the day, and once a week.
o  Keep a log of your cleaning schedule, and make it available for clients to see if they ask.

If you’re looking for more information about salon sanitation, here are some articles you might find useful.

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