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What’s the difference between a UV sanitizer and an autoclave?

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What’s the difference between a UV sanitizer and an autoclave?

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A UV sanitizer sanitizes items via exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a sanitizer is a product that reduces, but doesn’t eliminate, microorganisms from the inanimate environment to levels considered safe as determined by public health codes or regulations. On the other hand, sterilization, which is what an autoclave does, is the elimination of microbiological organisms.

You should check with your state rules and regulations to be sure you are in compliance with required methods. But in my opinion, I’d recommend autoclaving in your salon to make it as safe as possible for your clients, even if current state regulations don’t mandate you to do so. — Doug Braendle is product manager at autoclave manufacturer SciCan Inc.

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