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.
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.
And here’s a bit more information about the essential nail salon sanitation:
Today more than ever, clients want to know that they are safe in your hands. Don’t assume clients know your implements and foot spa are impeccably clean. Explain to them how you clean your implements according to your state’s guidelines and focus their attention on all the ways you keep clients safe in your salon.
Promote your procedures every chance you get — both in and out of the salon. Make a note of it on your business cards, menus, postings, ads, mailings, website, and e-mails.
Autoclave? What’s That?
In the past autoclaves in the beauty industry were for the super clean-conscious. As this medical-grade machine makes its way into salons and spas, techs should know just what they are.
An autoclave is an apparatus that uses superheated steam under high pressure to sterilize instruments. Although dry heat and chemical vapor are forms of sterilization, these types of machines are not autoclaves. Autoclaves come in three common forms.
By following these steps, salons can be healthy, full with well-informed clients who support the economy, and trust the beauty industry.