Coming Clean

06 Aug

cleanComing Clean: Even the most elegant of spas can make mistakes when it comes to cleaning the facility, sanitation, record keeping and adhering to regulations, licensing procedures and laws.

  1. Check your linens. If any look worn, frayed, stained or don’t smell fresh, donate them to a nearby shelter.  While you’re at it, check your laundry dryer(s).  Spas are disproportionately prone to dryer fires because of the oils, fragrances, essential oils and active ingredients.  Examine each dryer once a month and clean the lint trap each time between loads.
  2. Label, log and inventory for safety, efficiency, and accountability. Track when equipment has last been serviced. Monitor when items like facial steamers have last been decalcified. Keep containers spotless and make sure that every container is labeled.
  3. Eliminate the possibility of, “double dipping.” This happens most often in treatment areas like depilatory wax pots, paraffin hand tubs and full sized sample containers.   For instance, offer individualized paraffin kits rather than the communal dipping bath.  Remember to use a new application stick each time you dip into the depilatory wax for a hair removal service.
  4. Consider using an autoclave for cleaning at the hospital grade and sterilization of implements. If implements cannot be sanitized completely or sterilized, toss or recycle them after each use.
  5. Keep up to date on material safety data sheets (MSDS) referenced at osha.gov in the United States or similar documents in your territory or region of practice. Similarly, schedule a monthly perusal of regulatory law in your particular field of practice and stay current in these regulations, standards and advisories.  Be sure to post those licenses or notices that are mandated to be displayed.  Coming clean requires repetitive best practices and sanitation of the facility at all times.
  6. Provide stringent expectations for the cleanliness of employees. Hair, nails, piercings, personal habits and hygiene all affect the ultimate health of those clients who are receiving services. If an employee is physically ill, be generous in your acceptance of a sick day.  However, advise that they seek reasonable medical care and supply documentation that they did so upon return to work.
  7. Keep your facility spotless. If necessary, figure the costs of cleaning and maintenance into your

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