Infection prevention is one of the top priorities for both clients and spa professionals alike. Having proper sanitation protocols in place will give both clients and staff peace of mind that they are protected from the threat of infection. Although implementing proper infection prevention practices is not complicated, there are five myths that get in the way. By understanding these myths, spa professionals can feel confident that they are maintaining a germ-free and safe environment for everyone.
MYTH #1: IF A SURFACE LOOKS CLEAN, IT MUST BE SAFE
Looks can be deceiving! Even if a surface looks clean, it can still be har- boring harmful germs, including viruses, bacteria and fungi. While cleaning a surface to remove visible dirt and debris is important, it isn’t enough – spa professionals need to disinfect surfaces and equipment to kill germs, using an EPA-registered hospital-grade disinfectant such as PreventionTM, designed specifically for use in professional spa and salon environments. This will not only contribute to the safety of clients and staff, but also ensure compliance with state board requirements, keeping your spa inspection-ready.
MYTH #2: HARSH CHEMICALS ARE REQUIRED TO KILL GERMS
This may have been true in the past, but modern disinfectants such as Prevention, powered by Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® technology, are formulated to be tough on germs, but gentle on people, surfaces and the planet. Prevention’s active ingredient breaks down into water and oxygen. Additionally, it is non-irritating to eyes and skin, with no harsh chemical smell.
MYTH #3: DISINFECTANTS KILL ON CONTACT
If you are spraying a surface with disinfectant and immediately wiping it dry, you are not disinfecting! All disinfectants must remain wet on the surface for a certain length of time, also known as the contact time. If the disinfectant is wiped dry or evaporates before the contact time is reached, it will not be fully effective – for this reason, choosing a disinfectant such as Prevention with a one-minute contact time is key, both to reduce turnaround time between appointments, and for confidence that you are disinfecting properly with a single application.
MYTH #4: WHEN IT COMES TO CLEANING AND DISINFECTION PROTOCOLS, ONE SIZE FITS ALL
Not all surfaces and equipment are created equal, and disinfection protocols should be tailored to equipment used in the specific services you provide. Visit PreventionDisinfectants.com to download protocols for various applications, including massage equipment, pedicure footbaths, and high-touch surfaces.
MYTH #5: INFECTION PREVENTION IS JUST COMMON KNOWLEDGE
While infection prevention doesn’t need to be complicated, it is still crucial to educate staff and clients
on the protocols in place to keep everyone safe. Spa professionals can sign up for a complimentary online certification, offered by Prevention, that has helped thousands of facilities take their protocols to the next level. The certification can be printed and displayed, along with tent cards, window decals and door hangers to let clients know that their health is your top priority.
With these myths busted, spa professionals can proceed with confidence, knowing that clients and staff will be kept healthy and safe.