Monday, November 5, 2012

Manicure-Pedicure Best Practices: Choosing the Right Equipment

Have you ever had trouble choosing which equipment is best for your salon? When your salon is just starting out, or even if you’ve been in business for years, sometimes making sure you have just what you need can be an overwhelming process. This is especially true when you’re looking for good sterilization equipment if your salon offers manicures and pedicures.

Many customers are concerned with a growing number of reports of cross infection from one client to another — things such as nail fungus and other types of contamination are a concern for them. Of course, they are for any reputable salon, like yours. Health inspectors are putting pressure on salons to ensure best practices are kept, and salons are getting nervous about how to get those practices in place without going bankrupt.

Essentially, the reasons for following best practices are threefold:
  • Customer confidence. If clients can see that you’re serious about their safety and well-being, they will not only return to you, but they’ll tell their friends and relatives, meaning more business for you.
  • Reputation saving. Clients flock to salons with good reputations — not just for the services they get, but for how clean and sterile places keep their equipment.
  • Revenue generation. The more people talk about your salon and how customer safety is taken seriously, the more clients will return to you and give referrals.
Let’s face it — if you don’t have good sterilization practices, you might be looking at a huge world of trouble with health inspectors, and the potential loss of revenue and customers. So not only do you want products that keep your instruments clean — you need those products! Not to mention the fact that you also need them to be affordable.

Recently, there’s been an upswing of companies trying to sell “ultrasonic” cleaners as a way to cleanse your tools for use. We agree that these are great products for preparation to cleaning your tools — but they aren’t for proper sterilization. They’re great for pre-sterilization, but they aren’t the paramount of “best practice.”

For the absolute best practices for manicures and pedicures, an autoclave is required! Ultimately, that is the #1, most important tool to have in your arsenal. Nothing works better when it comes to infection control than an autoclave. There are other sterilizers and Barbicide disinfectant, certainly — and they serve their purposes. But if you want to ensure that no fungi or infections are spreading among your customers, an autoclave will help you sleep at night.

For your Success,

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