Virtually all women (and men) that frequent nail salons know the importance of visiting a facility that is properly sanitized. Operating this type of business without the highest standards of cleanliness could result in infections, which ultimately cause other health issues. To make matters worse, nail salons in unsanitary conditions means spreading the infectious diseases among all of the customers.
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It is essential that customers inspect the nail salons they visit – even if they’ve been going to the same nail salon for a long time. The most basic checklist that should be automatic when trying to decide if a particular nail salon is cleanly include things like checking for dust bunnies, the use of clean towels and tools for each new customer, making sure there is no leftover hair in the sinks/drains of the shampoo bowls and that the floors, walls and furniture are wiped down and not covered with layers of dust or dirt.
However, even taking these measures isn’t enough. Despite how “clean” the average nail salon may appear to the average customer, it still isn’t enough to ensure that you’re completely safe. Because nail salons know their reputation and their very business depends on their customers, legit operations will be more than accommodating to showing customers – both new and old – the techniques they use to promote a sanitary environment for its customers and employees.
All customers are within their right to ask to inspect the facilities and observe the way employees are handling their tools. Any salon that is confident in their procedures will have no problem acknowledging such a request. Additionally, it is acceptable to ask the manager or employees to explain how they sanitize their tools and which ones are considered disposable.
The next time you’re looking for a new place to get your nails done or if you’re wondering whether your favorite nail salon is up to par, be observant during your next visit and make sure to keep an eye out for the following signs of a sanitary atmosphere:
- Employees washing hands frequently – mainly in between new customers.
- Wiping down all surfaces of the manicure/pedicure station after each use, using an antibacterial disinfectant.
- Employees sanitizing non-disposable tools after each customer using antibacterial disinfectant.
- Discarding hazardous and dirty materials/tools regularly and properly in a waste bin with a closed lid.
- Placing used/dirty towels in a separate container with a covered lid/top.
- Look for the use of an autoclave (this device emits a blue light and is the most sanitary way to dry the nails and reduces the risk of infection drastically).
While these signs may seem like common sense, many customers automatically assume these actions take place and don’t actually make it a point to visually see employees performing these tasks. It is best if the employees do these actions in front of the customers, instead of retreating to a backroom where they are out of view.
If you happen to witness an employee breaking any of these rules during your visit, notify the manager immediately.