Salon hygiene

Discussion in 'Misc Tutorials' started by marketing-geek, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. marketing-geek
    Salon Hygiene

    Hints & tips to ensure your salon is a safe place to work!

    Your hands
    Hands come into contact with more items throughout a normal day than any other part of our body. Consequently, they can pose the biggest risk to our health if they are not washed on a regular basis.

    The salon is no exceptions. Shaking hands with people, taking their coat – even removing a used coffee cup - can pose the potential risk of cross infection.

    Hands must be washed regularly throughout the day – and especially in between clients. Remember to keep wash areas clean and tidy too!

    Use an anti-bacterial product, and one that contains skin conditioners so that your hands don’t become dry.

    If your daily routine includes manicures or pedicures – or other such direct skin-to-skin contact, ensure that your client’s hands or feet are also thoroughly washed before any treatment commences. After washing, use an alcohol based sanitizer – this will provide further protection to both you and your client from cross infection. Again, ensure that the products you use contains skin conditioners as alcohol is drying to skin.

    Work surfaces
    It is crucial that work surfaces are kept clean to prevent the risk of cross-infection. It also has the advantage of making the salon look far more attractive too!

    Don’t be tempted to buy cheap products – not only can these be ineffective, but they can smell awful too.

    Use a professional product that is designed for the job in hand. Hard Surface Disinfectant Wipes can be very convenient – and they are also ideal for removing fine dust. Alternatively, you could use a spray product. Look for products in trigger bottles that can be refilled. Not only does this make financial sense, it also helps protect the environment too.

    Phones, tills and keyboards can also be hosts to many ‘nasties’. Keep these clean with product designed for such surfaces.

    Salon chairs & couches
    Most salon chairs and couches are made from PVC or vinyl. This has the advantage in that they are easy to clean. However, make sure you use the right product. Any disinfectant containing alcohol (ethanol) should be avoided as it is likely to react with the PVC or vinyl, making it brittle, which will eventually make it crack. Once you get a cracked surface it is extremely difficult to disinfect it properly, resulting in an area where germs can easily multiply.

    Chairs and couches should be cleaned on a regular basis. One drop of blood invisible to the naked eye could be infected with hepatitis with remains infectious for several days. Whilst you may think the risk of cross infection is small, it is still there – and good housekeeping can help eliminate the problem.

    Instruments & Tools
    All instruments and tools should be thoroughly sanitized in between clients (or sterilized where required). Fortunately, there are now technically advanced products that make this quick, easy and cost-effective.

    Do not be tempted to short cut this procedure. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions precisely. Remember, that any organic matter left on the tools can slow down the disinfecting process, so make sure all ‘debris’ is washed off prior to immersion in a disinfectant solution.

    Good quality metal instruments and tools are not cheap, so don’t be tempted to use poor quality disinfectant solution. Ensure it contains rust inhibitors to protect your equipment.

    Some ‘older’ formulations of instrument disinfectant require the solution to be changed daily. Not only can this be expensive and time consuming, it also has an impact on our environment. More modern formulations can remain effective for up to one week – saving you time and money.

    Some instruments cannot be immersed in a disinfectant solution – such as nail files. The debate continues as to whether files should be disinfected in between clients or whether each client should have a new file. The simple fact is this: if the file has not come into contact with any bodily fluids, then sanitizing is adequate - use a good quality broad spectrum disinfectant spray. If the file has come into contact with any bodily fluids, then throw it away.

    Floors should be kept clean as a matter of routine. If you have hard surface, use a good quality floor disinfectant. If you have clients walking bare foot on your floors, it would be preferable to mop the floor after treatment.

    Good salon hygiene is not difficult. It takes a little time, but is well worth it. Not only will your salon look more appealing, but it will be safer for you and your clients too.
  2. 1999judy
    Great advice, especially for new techs.
  3. Zingara
    Nice one Nigel....very useful.
  4. Licklexstace
    I was wondering if you could help me im studying for a degree and I need to explain the difference between the two types of cross infection, direct and indirect contact, can u help me?
  5. 1999judy
  6. rouge

    Good advice for us all. It's easy to slip up on this and it does us all (myself included!) good to be reminded of the importance of hygeine.
  7. foxybasixs
    I have clients who are allergic to spray cleansers so if I see them booked in I cant use them, instead of the spray cleansers I use diluted vinegar water as this has natural antibacterial properties. It is also a great cheap way to clean a surface. I also use this on floors, windows etc...... sometimes the old methods can be the best then you dont get a build up of manufactured cleaning chemicals. My salon is spotless.
  8. marketing-geek
    Whilst I'm sure your salon is spotless, traditional cleaning methods (vinegar, lemon juice etc) are not necessarily going to eliminate the 'nasties' that need to be destroyed - even though they do get surfaces looking very clean.

    Many 'Modern' diseases are resistant to traditional treatments, and so thorough sanitizing (not cleaning) is necessary using modern broad-spectrum formulations.

    If you have clients alergic to sprays, then why not use Disinfectant Wipes?
  9. paula j
    :confused: great tips and yes very important issue ,
    I always use disposable files for each client they cost pennies but look very proffesional
    also letting clients see you using cleaning products ie spray hard surface cleaner is also good habit :)
  10. marketing-geek
    Keeping the salon hygienic is good for everybody's health. A client may be with you for an hour or two - you're there all day. Good housekeeping is essential to protect yourself from cross infection. It also makes the salon look more professional and more inviting - which is great for business.
  11. Zo Zo
    Well as some of you know I am a bit of a green geek, so I lurve my Mundo refillable hand wash :)
  12. sachi
    nice tut! Thanks for the info. Not sure about other states but here in Oregon you have to use a new file on each client. Most just have the client bring the file back and re-use it on just her. The tech can not keep the file in her stuff at all after the client leaves. Not even in a bag or box with said clients info for later use.
  13. ceekress
    I dont knw if we have such a legislation here on NY but we have been doing that on our Salon since the time I joined.

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