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7 Salon Sanitation Rules to Live By
  • January 18, 2017

Salon sanitation should always be top of mind for salon owners and nail technicians. Here are some key rules for exceptional sanitary practices.

Sanitation helps both the client and the nail tech have a safe service. Using proper sanitation techniques can increase the longevity of nail instruments and can protect you in the long run.

1. Sanitize and wash hands.

It’s important to sanitize and wash hands before and after service, since diseases can spread through hand-to-hand contact. OPI’s Swiss Guard Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer is a good choice for a hand sanitizer that will not dry out skin.

2. Use proper lighting.

Improper lighting can cause eye strain and neck injury. Use proper lighting to prevent squinting and improve efficiency.

3. Wear a protective mask.

Masks should be worn during nail services – they protect technicians from dust from filing gel and acrylic products. Masks also help protect from airborne germs from diseases such as a cough or cold.

4. Use single-use tools.

One way to ensure that products are always properly sanitized is by utilizing single-use products when possible. A great single-use product is OPI's dual-sided foot file with removable grit strips. Simply remove the grit strips and disinfect the file after each client for ultimate sanitation. Alternately, give tools used in the service to clients to avoid cross-contamination from use on multiple people.

5. Wear gloves.

Much like hand sanitization, gloves help protect from hand-to-hand contact. They also protect your nails from getting damaged during service and from drying products, like acetone.

6. Sterilize with autoclaves.

Using high-pressure steam, autoclaves sanitize tools effectively. With their high temperatures, autoclaves help prevent bacteria from contaminating metal implements. 

7. Properly Ventilate.

Inhaling excess levels of certain vapors or dusts for prolonged periods can be unhealthy. Proper ventilation protects from airborne particles and bacteria, and reduces vapor inhalation.

Keywords:   OPI Products     salon sanitation  

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Nail files use abrasives in various grits to roughen, shape, polish, or remove the surface of artificial and natural nails.
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