Keeping Up with Wax Salon Sanitation
It may be exciting to reopen your wax salon, but in the "new normal," many are concerned about how their beauty technicians are keeping up with the cleanliness and their client's safety. Stepping up your disinfection game can mean re-learning things you might have been doing for years as well as using cutting-edge technology. In this article, we'll talk about apps that help you track sanitation as well as freshening up on how to clean your wax pot, waxing kit, and wax accessories.
We'll tell you why adding even more hygienic methods to how you use pre-wax care, after wax care and stripless hard wax is a good idea. Read on to learn more about things you can do to keep up with wax salon sanitation after reopening in this new normal.
Research Reopening Guidelines
The first thing you want to look into is the CDC's guidelines for reopening and their super-simple Cleaning & Disinfecting Decision Tool for a comprehensive sanitation to-do list. These guidelines can keep you on track with more than just your waxing kit, but with light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet hardware as well. Next, check your state's guidelines regarding your business type for all of the lawful disinfection methods you're required to take. Another great resource is the EPA's list of disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
You can also take online COVID-19 sanitation courses like the one offered by Barbecide. Courses like these can take less than an hour and provide a certificate that you can display inside your spa to let your clients know that you are on top of their safety.
Clean More Than Just Your Wax Pot
While we're not going to literally teach you how to clean your wax warmer in this article (though you can read about it, here), we do want to encourage going back to basics to leave "no stone unturned." This back-to-basics energy can highlight small details in sanitation precautions toward sanitizing wax accessories in your waxing kit or in everyday services like using hard wax vs. soft wax or applying pre and post wax care products.
Revisit the safety manuals of your products or do some online research regarding "no-brainer" things like setting up your station, or yes, even how to clean your wax warmer. Amping-up your hygiene on something you have done a thousand times—like using stripless hard wax or storing bulk hard wax beads can help you stay accountable as possible to pristine clean.
"New Normal" Training
You can take what you've learned and set aside time for a complete cleaning training session for you and your team on all of the updated protocols. You can even include these measures in your new hire materials and require signatures from your staff to let them know how serious you are taking to the new standards.
Ensure their safety by providing all necessary protective wear and supplies. As a team, you can practice by doing mock services and check out the cleaning time differences after using hard wax vs. soft wax, for example, so that you can see how much time is needed in-between bookings to disinfect your space safely.
Create a Cleaning Plan
As you might have guessed, the new normal will require some updated measures in how you clean and disinfect your wax salon when you arrive in the morning, post client, and before it's time to lock-up. Take a look around the entire salon, including the break room, office, or anywhere that's frequently touched. From computers to a calculator, it's time to itemize what needs to be cleaned, how often, and when. Create a cleaning schedule and find a plan that ensures you and your employees are following it with documentation charts. Make sure that there is enough time in-between each client to sanitize your space thoroughly.
Pay extra attention to:
- Chairs/beds including the headrests and armrests
- Bathroom facilities after each use
- Handles and doorknobs
Bring wax salon sanitation into the future with Safety Scan. Safety Scan is an app that uses QR codes on digital tags that businesses can place on surfaces to track their sanitization statuses in real-time. A client, employee, or employer can scan the digital tag with their smart device to document or receive a report on sanitation measures given to that surface.
A client can quickly check up on the last time a treatment room or surface was sanitized. They can even request an area be cleaned through the app. Use this high-tech tool to set your salon apart and show your clients that you are taking every measure possible to ensure their safety.
Spread the Word
Please don't be shy about letting your clients know how hard you are working to keep them safe. Shout all of the measures and precautions you're taking from the digital rooftops. Whether on your website, your newsletter, or social media posts, keep your clients informed and accountable to what you're trying to achieve with the new normal and keeping up with your wax salon sanitation after reopening.
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