Disinfection is more than just cleaning: Cleaning is the first step which removes visible debris, however disinfection is then required to kill germs on your salon surfaces and tools. That’s why it’s crucial to keep your clients and employees safe by using good disinfection practices. Proper disinfection will be easy once you make sure everyone on your team is on the same page. The best way to do this is by creating a checklist they can refer to.

What to disinfect

All points of contact require disinfection after each service. This includes tools like cuticle nippers, pushers, nail clippers, drill bits, and any other implement that comes in contact with the client’s skin. It also includes surfaces such as manicure tables. Pedicure basins and foot spas also require thorough disinfection after each client, and floors should be disinfected daily. It’s important to remember that not all items are disinfected the same way. While surfaces and non-circulating pedicure basins can be cleaned using disinfectant wipes or sprays, circulating pedicure spas require that a concentrated solution be circulated through the system, and tools must be soaked in disinfectant solution for the time recommended by the manufacturer. 

Creating a customized checklist for your salon

When creating a checklist, you’ll want to customize it to fit your salon. Make a list of what salon equipment needs to be disinfected, and how to properly disinfect each item according to the product label. Note frequency as well. For example:

  • Tools (between services, so consider having multiple sets on hand)
  • Workspaces (between services, change the client towel as well)
  • Pedicure foot spa (between services, daily, and weekly in accordance with your state board regulations)
  • Pedi basins (between services; see your state board regulations regarding rules for disposable liners)
  • Salon countertops (daily)
  • Floors (daily)

Once you’ve developed your list, train your techs in the proper procedures and have them track their disinfection routine using a written checklist — and don’t forget to check the checklist to make sure nothing is being forgotten.

Keeping up with disinfection

Disinfection doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming! Many disinfectants, like Rejuvenate, come in a variety of forms, such as wipes or sprays, and many have a contact time of as little as one minute — giving you more time to spend with clients. Another handy way to speed up disinfection is to have a wash basin prepped for your tools. Rejuvenate’s solution is reusable for up to 21 days in a soaking tray, so you won’t have to re-prep every day. Just be sure to test with the solution test strips to make certain the solution is not contaminated. Using high-quality disinfection products and keeping a set routine will make your salon safer and save you time.

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