Whenever possible use soapy soap (really lather up) with warm water instead of any type hand sanitizer…Why?
LEVELS OF CLEAN
~~Cleaning surfaces: removes visible dirt, stains or debris with soap and water
~~Hand sanitizer: does not, visibly, clean the skin but kills germs and bacteria(label directions — wet time, approx. 30 sec)?
~~Sanitize: removes germs or bacteria microbes by a chemical aide(Lysol, bleach, etc.)
~~Disinfect: kills 99.99% of germs, bacteria and fungus but not spores(follow label directions — wet time)
~~Sterilize: kills “ALL” contaminants and spores(Autoclave)
Always start with cleaning, using a general-purpose cleaner. A surface should be clear of dirt and debris before sanitizing or applying a disinfectant. By itself, a general-purpose cleaner won’t kill bacteria or viruses but you should always start with this step. After the surface is properly cleaned, it’s then important to decide whether to sanitize or disinfect. The best way to clean skin is with soap and water.
Will the client entering the salon be at ease by what they see? All things neat and clean, in their place and dust-free? A sense of confidence is offered when cleanliness is what is seen first upon entering the manicure or pedicure area. At some point, the method of sanitation may be discussed.
Where do germs live? How do we protect ourselves from them? Germs are everywhere. Some we need and some we don’t. The number one and most effective way to protect ourselves and others from the spread of any type of germ or bacteria is thorough hand washing. We have left the soak and water days and gone to the pocket hand sanitizer to answer the call of convenience and not necessarily full protection. We have relegated our protection to drying and harsh chemicals. It is much safer and better for our skin if we would just take a little time and wash with warm soapy water. As Mother Dear use to say, ‘Put some elbow grease into it.’ We don’t have time nor the elbow grease.
The Nail Technician is responsible for the protection of each and every client that he/she may touch and perform any type of beautification. The porous and non-porous items used must be washed, dried and sanitized/disinfected wet and dry) according to the state law.