If you had the choice to tan at a messy salon and the clean salon down the street, which tanning salon would you tan in? One of the most major concerns customers have at a tanning salon is whether or not the salon is kept clean. Basic cleaning is required to keep customers from feeling that the salon is dingy and unkept. Seeing a tanning salon with dirty windows, and lotion splatter on the walls in a tanning room makes the impression and assumption that perhaps the tanning beds aren’t being sanitized properly. A little salon cleaning and maintenance goes a long way in helping make customers feel comfortable and will help retain their confidence in your services.
Customers know that just because a tanning bed has a “this bed has been sanitized” sign laying on it, does not mean it has been properly sanitized. Tanning bed cleaner such as Lucasol is widely used in the tanning salon industry. Lucasol is a hospital grade cleaner that is also known to disinfect HIV. But, if the product is not being used in accordance with the instructions on the label, then it’s possible that the tanning bed is not being sanitized properly. Lucasol is a concentrate and paying special attention to how much Lucasol is being mixed with water, and paying attention to the instructions on the label, is of utmost importance.
Cleaning the acrylics, with tanning bed cleaner such as Lucasol, on your tanning beds is one thing, but it’s also a must to remove hair from under the acrylic, clean air vents, and clean the tops of the tanning bed when you are doing your regular tanning bed maintenance. Keeping the whole tanning bed clean gives a better impression of the overall cleanliness of the tanning salon. In addition, cleaning the vents, filters, lamps, and ballasts will also keep the tanning bed in tip-top shape keeping the tanning bed from that extra wear-and-tear.
Aside from the tanning beds, keeping the rest of your salon clean helps keep customers stay confident in your tanning salon. As I mentioned before, tanning lotion splatter is unappealing and dirty. It’s also tough to clean if it isn’t cleaned up quickly. Having the tanning salon attendant pay attention, not just to cleaning the tanning bed, but to the floor and walls after a customer tans can also help from this unwanted detraction.
Creating a check list helps keep the tanning salon clean. Clean bathrooms, mirrors, floors, windows, counter-tops, lotion displays, all help with keeping customers happy and feeling like the salon they are visiting is in the best shape it can be. A squeaky clean salon gives a positive impression for customers leading to greater retention.
1. Every four to six weeks, you should open up the ballast tray. This is where all of the electrical components are held. Vacuum any dust or dirt that has accumulated. Dirt can sometimes cause electrical fires, so this is definitely a must.
2. The tanning lamps also accumulate dust and the dust clings to the lamp itself. This thin layer of dust will prevent some of the ultraviolet light being produced by the lamp from penetrating through, hindering the results of the tanning session. Keeping the lamps and reflectors under the lamps clean will give you the best tanning results.
3. Tanning Beds with Facial bulbs: When cleaning the tanning lamps, you also should clean the blue filter glass that covers up the facial bulb. If you wipe down the facial bulb as well, you need to be real careful not to touch it with your bare hands. The oils in your hand will cause the lamp to burn up when it is turned on again. If you accidentally touch the facial bulb, just wipe it down with an alcohol swab.
4. Starters: A starter is what ignites the tanning lamp. These starters should be replaced every other lamp change. If you have tanning beds in a tanning salon, you should be replacing these regularly. If you have a tanning bed in your home and haven’t changed lamps yet, you may want to replace these starters at the same time you replace the tanning lamps.
5. Acrylics: When cleaning your tanning lamps and you have these acrylic shields off, you should wipe them down on both sides. Just a little layer of dust will prevent some of the ultraviolet light from passing through, affecting the results of your tanning session.