My husband says that I continuously preach salon sanitation. That’s why I’m so GRATEFUL for Corona! WHY would I say that?
COVID-19 has opened people’s eyes to the importance of public health, safety and hygiene.
I’ve lived in lands where salon cleanliness isn’t always up to par with regulated countries, I want to review some basics you may already know from your continuing education.
I want to reassure the public, about what measures are taken to ensure our salons are safe.
We will consider in this article:
- Is a Salon Disinfectant like Barbicide adequate for killing corona?
- Besides COVID-19, what other dangers does salon disinfecting & sanitation prevent?
- What products are available?
“Clean, sanitize, and disinfect are often used interchangeably. The distinction “to clean” refers to scrubbing with soap and water, whereas “sanitizing” and “disinfecting” kill germs and bacteria via chemical means. Typically, disinfectants kill more germs than sanitizers.”merriam-webster.com
For better comprehension in the salon setting, we’ve replaced “Sanitize” with “cleaning & disinfecting”.
YES! Barbicide and Barbicide TB are approved by the EPA to disinfect salons from the Corona Virus and other pathogens. Barbicide can be used to clean most surfaces in your salon, plus tools and equipment.
The right dilution is essential to be effective against pathogens, to save you money, and prevent damage.
In items like foot spas, it’s crucial to run the disinfectant solution for 20 mins. through the jets, don’t just leave it soaking.
Corona is only ONE danger lurking in your Salon
Besides the CoronaVirus, what other dangers will proper salon disinfection prevent?
- HIV can live in dried blood at room temperature for six days and if wet for weeks.
- Hepatitis C virus (HCV) can remain infectious for up to 6 weeks on surfaces at room temperature. HIV.gov
- *Fungus: Tinea (ringworm/ jock itch, athletes foot), Yeast, These fungal spores can live for as long as 12 to 20 months in the right environment. healthline.com
- *Parasite infestations: Lice, scabies
- *Staphylococci: (Present in skin abscesses, pustules, and boils) Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can survive on some surfaces, like towels, razors, furniture, and athletic equipment for hours, days, or even weeks. CDC.gov
- *Streptococci: (Found in blood poisoning) can survive on a dry surface for 3 days to 6.5 months canada.ca
- Diplococci: Causes pneumonia
- Gonococci: Causes gonorrhea
- *Meningococci: Causes meningitis
- Bacilli: Produces tetanus, influenza, diphtheria, typhoid, and tuberculosis
- How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?
- Current evidence suggests that coronavirus remains active for hours or days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning visibly dirty surfaces, followed by disinfection, is a best practice for the prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses.
- How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?
**NO salon should service a person under treatment for or who is suspect of, highly contagious bacterial infections, viruses, fungal, or parasites infections. Especially those that are manifested on the skin.
Dirty hands and unclean objects can transmit pathogens through breaks or wounds in the skin.
Killing pathogens is much easier outside the body. Once they enter the body, they are much harder to fight, plus we may become severely ill as a result.
Your salon might ensue liability for spreading infection.
How to properly disinfect your salon and home with Barbicide
Clean (or Sanitize)
The appropriate and adequate way of disinfection is a 2-step process
- Clean the visible signs of dirt and debris by washing with detergent and water.
- Then non-porous items are ready for a disinfectant.
A “Non-porous” surface or object DOESN’T allow liquids to pass and be absorbed, such as metal, glass, and plastic. “Porous” materials DO. Porous or absorbent items are considered disposable and are only for one-time use. Unfortunately, not everything is sanitizable.
Permeable items include all nail files and emery boards unless made entirely of metal or glass. Absorbent objects also include but are not limited to pumice stones, buffing blocks, orangewood sticks, cotton, toe separators, and flip-flops.
- “To Disinfect” means making non-porous items safe for use.
- Disinfection is accomplished by using an EPA registered chemical agent to kill or denature a pathogen, for the amount of time required (moist contact) for the disinfectant to be effective against the pathogens on the label.
Sterilization refers to something entirely free of contamination.
An Autoclave is an example of how sterilization is achieved. It uses heat and pressurized steam to decontaminate.
Tuttnauer– Autoclave For Small Offices
High-temperature sterilizers are a great way to decontaminate skincare tools, scissors, or tools generally made from stainless steel. They use dry heat to sterilize.
Ultrasonic cleaners combine heat and sound to remove the buildup of debris while killing microbes. Another plus is they are more affordable than an auto clave.
So once your items have been cleaned and properly disinfected or sterilized, you must keep them clean until the following use.
- By US law, While Ultraviolet light is not an approved form of disinfection. They are however, an acceptable form of storage and help keep your tools safe from airborne contaminants.
Other Available Salon Disinfecting Essentials
Wipes, of course, are simplest to use for cleaning your station, salon chairs, and other touched surfaces in between clients. The active ingredients in hospital-grade disinfectant wipes are mixed with isopropyl, so these require less contact time.
Disinfectant Sprays are the next best thing to wipes and are more cost-effective. They generally require a more contact time to be effective against pathogens.
Some tools like clippers can’t be cleaned with soap and water or submerged in a Barbicide solution., because they will rust. And isopropyl alcohol is flammable and doesn’t lubricate your clippers. Therefore, All In One Clipper Spray disinfectant was invented.
Andis Cool Care Plus For Blades
Barbicide can disinfectant and kill COVID-19 and most other pathogens in your salon. However, you must always mix according to the instructions and use appropriate contact time.
In some situations you may also need some other equipment for sterilization and storage.
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