The holidays are here and with all the parties, events, and endless photographs, everyone wants to look his or her best. That means higher traffic for salons and barber shops as people schedule cuts and colorings along with manicures, pedicures, waxes, and massages. According to the Small Business Development Center Network (SBDCNet), there are 86,000 salons across the United States, and this mad end-of-year rush can go a long way toward bolstering their combined revenue of about $20 billion annually. But the added volume also means that the salon cleaning schedule must be stepped up to keep the shop clean, appealing, and safe.
Meticulous salon cleaning is more than just good business, it's the law. Receiving any salon treatment comes with some degree of risk. Nail services, for example, expose clients to bacteria, fungus, and yeast, while dirty supplies and stations can host hepatitis C, staph infections, and viruses that cause warts. Hair services may also transmit serious and unpleasant conditions like MRSA, ringworm, and lice to clients and employees.
To combat these risks, each state has a Board of Cosmetology that mandates cleaning standards. They include common sense practices like sterilizing or sanitizing anything that touches a client between each use. They also regulate the cleaning and disinfecting of station counter tops, chairs, and foot spas.
Killer Good Looks
Keeping the rest of the facility clean and fresh looking is just as important to the client experience. Salons that look dirty, dusty, cluttered, or uncared for may drive customers to the doors of your competitors. To keep the salon neat, daily dusting and polishing is a must. Pay special attention to product display areas, as SBDCNet notes that sales of these pricey potions account for between five to 15 percent of a salon's revenue.
Sweeping up after each haircut is another important duty that should never be overlooked. Not only is it unsightly, but loose hair on the floor also presents a slip-and-fall hazard. For maximum efficiency, some salons employ a central vacuum system which eliminates the need for a dustpan. Employees simply sweep the hair to the central vac register, push a button, and the clippings are sucked away.
Restrooms and laundry areas must also be kept in pristine condition. Wipe smudges from washers and dryers and keep dirty towels and capes separate from clean supplies. Restrooms need spot attention to touch points throughout the day along with deeper cleaning after closing.
Salon Cleaning with Style
In an attempt to get through a backlog of holiday appointments, salon owners and employees may be tempted to cut corners on cleaning duties, or they may get so busy that some important tasks fall through the cracks. Use a salon cleaning checklist like the one found here to keep everyone safe and on track.
Click here for information on equipment that can make floor cleaning and sanitizing easier and more effective than mopping alone.
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