Wash Your Hands With Hand Sanitizer! We’re in the middle of cold & flu season. It’s time to take extra care from spreading germs and bacteria. The first and foremost step is keeping your hands clean and as free from contamination as possible. As we covered in our last post, hand washing is essential before and after each service. The use of soap and water before appointments is one of the most common techniques for preventing infections during salon treatments. If the water from your tap does not come from a controlled municipal source, it may be a good idea to have it periodically checked for contamination. If soap and water are not available, a hand sanitizer like Ultronics’ Ultracare for Hands is an acceptable substitute. Proper use of the hand sanitizer, including the method of rubbing it into the skin, should be followed to ensure that all parts of the hand are not left unsanitized. Washing hands or using hand sanitizer in front of customers is also a good way to form a positive impression. They see that you care about their health. Hand washing is one of the most important actions that can be taken to prevent the transfer of micro-organisms from one person to another person. In the salon, spa, barber shop and cosmetology school, hands should be washed before and after each service.
Proper Hand Washing Procedure
- Dispense paper and use it to turn the water on. Dispense an additional 10 to 12 inches and leave hanging in place…do not tear it off.
- Wet hands, apply soap and clean hands, nails and between fingers. Scrub for 15 seconds.
- Rinse hands, then tear off a paper towel and dry.
- Turn water off with a paper towel…not your clean hands!
- If more paper is needed, use the paper in your hand. Do not touch the dispenser handle.
Important Note Use the paper in your hand to turn the doorknob to exit the restroom. Your predecessors may not have followed the above procedures! Helpful Hints Avoid bar soap, since it is more likely to become contaminated with bacteria. Liquid antibacterial soaps are more likely to kill resident micro-organisms in deeper layers of the skin than plain soap or detergents. If You Do Not Have Access to Soap and Water… use Ultracare for Hands.
- Odor Free
- Moisturizes Skin
- Formulated with extracts of Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Lavender
- Active ingredient: Benzalkonium Chloride
- Available in 8 oz. Foam Pump for salon use
- Available in 8 ml Pen Sprayer, perfect for purse or pocket
For the same reason you should use a clean paper towel to turn the faucet on and off, using a hands free automatic dispenser is preferable over handling a bottle of hand sanitizer. That’s why we highly recommend the Ultracare for Hands – Hands-Free Automatic Dispenser. Perfect for your salon, spa or barbershop! 1 ml dispensed per activation = 1000 hand washes! Tamper resistant and keyless locking cover Refill installs in seconds Auto battery life over 30,000 cycles Available in Black or White Your first line of defense during the cold & flu season is keeping your hands clean and sanitized. Following the procedures outlined here are the most important steps in having a clean and healthy salon experience for your clients. To learn about all of the other important procedures to keep your salon free of infection, read our paper on the Principles and Practices of Infection Control.