Sanitation is extremely important to the health and safety of your clients. Having a good understanding on how to clean your implements will protect your clients and the integrity of your business. Always submerge your tweezers in Barbicide after cleaning them. This blog posting will give you a better understanding of the process and different terms that are used for it.
When you hear the words, “Sanitize”, “clean” and “hygiene” that means you've done something to remove visible debris. Examples of this would be wiping down a counter, holding your tweezers under running water, while using using soap to clean your tools. Disinfecting is the killing of most microbial life that can lead to infection in humans like Influenza, Staphylococcus, HIV/AIDS, Herpes, Salmonella and Hepatitis. Disinfecting is done after cleaning your inpliments with soap and water and requires the use of a disinfectant such as BARBICIDE®, BARBICIDE® TB or BARBICIDE®Wipes. Sterilization is the killing of all microbial life and requires an autoclave and is mainly used in healthcare.
Your tweezers must be disinfected in between each and every last one of your clients. To do this properly, you have to make sure the barbicide is mixed according to the product instructions. You can purchase the concentrate from a Sally's Beauty Supply Store or on Amazon. The concentrate is mixed by adding 2 oz (1/4 cup) concentrate to 32 oz (4 cups) of cold water. The length of time an implement or surface must stay moist with disinfectant to be effective against pathogens (bacteria, virus, fungus) is always listed on the label. For BARBICIDE®and BARBICIDE®TB, the contact time is 10 minutes of moist contact to be effective. For BARBICIDE®wipes, the contact time is 2 minutes (3 minutes for effectiveness against tuberculosis).
You can choose to use the barbicide wipes or to submerge your implements into a jar with the mixture for 10 minutes but please be sure you do this in between all clients. If you're a really busy technician, then the best thing to do is to purchase multiple sets of tweezers, use one tweezer set per client and then clean them all at the end of the day. Keep those tweezers clean and disinfected to protect your lash dolls. They will greatly appreciate it!
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