Why Cleanliness is so Critical to a Successful Salon

By Emily Walker


Protecting yourself, your clients, and the general public from any airborne or contact diseases should be priority number one for a successful salon. A sterile salon will gain repeat customers and ensure that dangerous bacteria or viruses don't have a chance to spread. Your checklist of items to cover goes well beyond typical retail requirements. Thorough sanitizing in today's post-Covid world is no longer optional! 

Start With The Bathroom

  1.  Begin by cleaning all surfaces in the bathroom with soap and water, making sure to rinse thoroughly. Then disinfect the toilet surface, sink, faucet, tub, handles and door knob. Let the surfaces air dry to remove large dirt particles that could reduce how effective your disinfectant is.
  2.  Use commercial detergents strong enough for the job. This is one area you don't want to skimp on. If you're in a bind, however, you can make your own disinfectant by filling a spray bottle with one quart of water and one teaspoon of bleach. Shake the container to mix thoroughly.
  3.  Remember to evenly coat all surfaces in the bathroom. Let air-dry until completely dry.
  4.  Add 1 cup of liquid bleach to the bowl when the water is at its lowest and then flush the toilet.
  5.  Before you start scrubbing, pour some additional bleach into the toilet bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes. Scrub as thoroughly as you can and then flush again.
  6.  In order to disinfect your floors, mop them with the same diluted bleach solution or a commercial cleaner. After you are finished mopping, let the floor air dry to avoid cross contamination.Bonus: To make sanitizing easier, use as many non-porous surfaces--such as glass or metal--in your Salon bathroom instead of water-absorbent materials like wood or unsealed stone.

Thick Hair

If your hair is already naturally thick, but you would like to add some length to your hair, then extensions are a great option. You just need to make sure that you choose the right kind of extensions. Since you don’t want to make your hair any thicker, it is a good idea to go with several thinner wefts that are sewn throughout your hair. These thin wefts combine to create a good amount of long hair for you, but they don’t make the upper part of your hair look thick and unnatural. Just as with thin hair extensions, you want to make sure you choose extensions that are similar to your hair type, whether it be fine, coarse, or somewhere in between.

And Don't Forget the Air

The quality of the air in your salon is important for both your staff, and your clients. By using a quality air filtration system, you can improve the safety of your business, while simultaneously attracting new customers.

It's more important than ever to take steps to protect against airborne seasonal influenza and other viral infections, especially as we enter what promises to be a particularly difficult season for respiratory illnesses in 2023. Many people don't realize that the air inside our homes and workplaces can often be much more polluted than the air outdoors - in fact, there is even a name for this problem: Sick Building Syndrome!

By removing chemicals and particles from the air, an air purifier creates a safer salon environment for your patrons -- especially those with asthma or other respiratory conditions. Not only will it improve air quality, but the reduction of odors will make the space more pleasant overall.

Remember: salons are unique in that people are exposed to various chemicals for long periods of time in an enclosed space. You should seek out & work with commercial filtration vendors to understand the exact capacity of filtration you'll need. The right purifier will address the specific contaminants likely to be found in your salon, as well as be large enough to handle the square footage of your space.