What to Know About Keeping Your Nail Salon Tools Sterilized
If you own a nail salon, you already know it takes a lot of work to keep it running. One of the most important things to remember is cleanliness. If your salon is dirty or has a reputation for uncleanliness, you will go out of business fast. If you want to protect your salon, learn more about nail salon tool sterilization.
Nail Tools Get Dirty Fast
Salons use lots of tools to give clients that fresh manicure or pedicure, but to reduce overhead costs, most have to reuse these tools on multiple clients. As long as your salon is devoted to cleanliness, this isn’t a problem, but when you neglect cleaning the tools they get dirty fast, which can turn away clients if the tools aren’t sanitary. Even something as simple as a dinghy floor may make customers think you don’t care.
Businesses do best when they can get repeat customers, but customers want a business that cares. If you can’t keep repeat customers, you have to rely on a constant new supply of clients, and these new clients will eventually run out, especially if they are telling friends that your salon looked dirty.
Besides making sure you clean and disinfect everything including your nail tools and equipment, consider giving clients (for a certain fee) their own bag of tools only used on them. When they come back, they bring the tools. Remember, you’ll still need to clean and disinfect the used tools as part of your service.
Dirty Tools Spread Illness
Keeping your tools clean is also a great way to prevent the spread of illness. Fungus, in particular, can pose a problem if it is allowed to pass from customer to customer. This can happen with any nail salon tool, including files, nails, and footbaths.
According to the CDC, about 97 percent of nail salon footbaths contained specific bacteria that can cause conditions like boils. Similarly, if clippers or other tools break the skin, any bacteria on the clippers could get inside the customer’s bloodstream and cause infection and other problems.
If just one person gets an infection or illness at your salon, they will likely tell friends and family, which will inevitably reduce your potential customer base. And if negative reviews start popping up about unsanitary conditions it has the potential to quickly kill your business.
As far as most states are concerned, nail salons only need to worry about cleaning and disinfecting their tools. Cleaning is just simply removing any visible debris or matter, such as cleaning off the table with a wet rag, and cleaning alone doesn’t remove much bacteria, viruses, and funguses, so you’ll also need to disinfect, which removes some contaminants that can make people sick.
As long as you clean and disinfect, you should be in compliance with state law, but there’s more you can do to ensure your customers are kept safe, which will make them want to keep coming back to your salon. One of the best ways to do this is by getting an autoclave.
Autoclaves use high pressure and steam to sterilize the tools, which kills 100 percent of infective organisms, such as bacteria and fungus. Autoclaves are so powerful that they are used in dental and medical settings to sterilize tools, so you know they can clean your nail salon tools.
Your clients will appreciate the extra steps you take to sanitizing the tools, by using an autoclave, to stop the spread of disease. Not only will this promote them to keep coming back, but it will give them something positive to share with friends. If you would like to know more about autoclaves for your business, contact us at Revolutionary Science today.