Everyone knows that when clients walk into a salon they want it to look, smell, and feel fresh and clean. However, not every salon owner takes the right approach when it comes to salon sanitation and cleanliness. In some salons, it’s up to each individual hairdresser to clean their own workstation and the area around it before they leave for the day. There may be a rotating schedule for who cleans the wash basins and salon equipment each week, giving the responsibility of the salon’s overall look and feel of cleanliness to each stylist equally.
While a team of hairdressers should be able to effectively keep a salon at its peak of cleanliness, if there isn’t at least one person in charge of making sure the salon stays fresh and sanitized, a salon can quickly become messy. It’s important that someone, whether it’s the salon manager, receptionist, or lead stylist, takes over quality control and makes sure that the sanitation standards set for the salon are met each day.
General Cleaning Standards
In order to make clients happy and comfortable, you should have a checklist of general cleaning standards. This includes scrubbing down the restrooms, dusting all shelving units, display cases, and desks, wiping down all workstations, sweeping and mopping the floor, and cleaning any windows and glass surfaces daily.
In a business where hair is flying around all day and blow dryers are stirring up dust particles, keeping surface areas clean is an ongoing job. You will need to make sure that either the stylists are dusting everyday or that you have at least one person dust at the end of the night before locking up the salon. A client can get the wrong impression if they pick up a bottle of shampoo off a display case and there is an inch of dust surrounding the products.
Sanitation of Salon Supplies
It’s extremely important that you have high sanitation standards for all salon equipment. Stylists should be using disinfectant for all of their styling tools in between different clients. You also need to make sure that towels are without stains and smells, wash basins are scrubbed down daily, and any pedicure and manicure stations are cleaned and sanitized after each use.
When it comes to specialty areas of the salon, such as manicures, pedicures, massages, and facials, it should be the responsibility of the person working that station to follow proper cleaning procedures. However, to insure that your salon looks and feels clean and fresh to clients, it’s important to do a daily walkthrough before opening each day.