The salon business is a thriving industry in Australia. People are always concerned about their looks, whether the economy is doing good or bad. If you own a salon, one of the most important things to consider is proper sanitation. You are responsible for the safety and hygiene of your clients once they seek your service. Untidy and unhygienic practices are sure to drive away customers from your salon. Cleaning salon equipment on a regular basis is part of this sanitation process. This article highlights some of the most important tips for cleaning salon equipment.
- Use natural-based cleaning supplies to clean the equipment. This will prevent environmental and health ramifications in the long run.
- Buy cleaning supplies in bulk as this may help you save money.
- Clean and disinfect salon tools as often as possible.
- Don’t use corrosive solutions on metallic tools.
- Use protective equipment such as rubber gloves and face masks before cleaning salon tools.
- All electrical salon tools must be cleaned only after reading their instruction manuals. If a manual states that only dry-cleaning is safe for an equipment, don’t use water or any cleaning solution for such equipment.
Step-by-step instructions on how to clean salon equipment
- Gather all the salon tools that need to be sanitized and place them in a large tub of hot water. Make sure you wear rubber gloves to prevent your hands from being burnt. Leave the tools in this solution for at least 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, take the tools out of the hot water tub. Soak all these tools in another tub, which includes an 80% alcohol solution. This will help fully disinfect the tools. Leave the tools for approximately one hour in the alcohol solution. You are free to use any other disinfectant instead of the alcohol solution. Whatever solution you use, make sure it doesn’t affect the environment in a negative way. Choose environmentally-friendly disinfectant solutions to clean your salon tools at all times.
- Use a soft clean rag to dry each one of the tools soaked in the disinfectant solution. Remember to pat these tools gently without rubbing them rigorously. Rigorous rubbing may damage the surface of the salon tools.
- Electrical tools should be carefully cleaned using alcohol wipes. Gently rub the inside and outside of the tools using the wipe. Let it sit there for about 30 minutes before wiping it off with a clean piece of rag. Never use water or any other solution if the instruction manual says to dry clean only. “Dry clean only” electrical equipment should be wiped with a plain rag.
Sinks and counters
Sinks and counters in the salon must also be cleaned and disinfected the same way you clean salon tools. They are the main areas where germs can propagate to other areas of the salon. Here’s how to clean the sinks and counters of the salon.
- Dissolve one part of solid or liquid detergent into three parts of water in the sink. Keep it in for an hour before rinsing the solution. Use this solution to scrub the sinks and counters using a clean rag. Make sure that you wear protective gloves while working on the sinks and counters.
- You can also mix one part baking soda into three parts water to clean the sinks and counters of the salon. Wipe the sinks and counters with a clean piece of cloth after about 15 to 30 minutes.
It is extremely important you keep your salon clean and smelling fresh to retain your existing customer base, and attract new customers to the salon.