A successful and responsible salon needs to do all it can to prevent fungal, skin, and nail infections in the course of their business routines. When we think of effective methods for controlling the spread of potentially infectious organisms, we often focus on sanitizing, disinfection and sterilization. The fact is that thorough cleaning procedures can have a huge impact on an effective infection control program. Chemically eliminating infectious organisms is an important goal, but cleaning and rinsing can create a safer environment by removing organisms from items, reducing their population to below infectious levels, or exposing them to the efficacious effects of the biocides you are using. Effective infection prevention requires that each component of the process must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to each session using the following techniques: Employee 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, hand sanitizers like our Ultracare for Hands are an acceptable substitute. Proper use of the hand sanitizer, including the method of rubbing it into the skin, should be observed at all times to ensure that parts of the hand are not left unsanitized. Washing hands or using hand sanitizer in front of customers is optional, but may assist with forming positive impressions by allowing customers to see the methods being used to ensure proper cleanliness.