How do I sanitize my barbershop or hair salon post COVID-19?

In this 3-minute read:

  • Sanitizing hard, soft, and electronic surfaces
  • Best practices for barbershops and hair salons
  • Additional resources for salons and barbershops

As states start allowing businesses to reopen, salons and barbershops are among the first places that people are looking forward to visiting again. The personal connection, retouching up their hair—and fixing up any haircutting mishaps that may have taken place during quarantine—are all compelling reasons to get back to the salon. 

But despite reopening phases, there is still a very real concern about contracting COVID-19 and in some areas across the U.S. employers are encouraging their staff to avoid unnecessary appointments for a little while longer. 

Sanitization and health have always been a priority for most salon and barbershop owners, but now it is more important than ever to make sure your cleaning methods are up to par with CDC recommendations and communicating that with your employees and customers. 

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What are the best ways to clean and sanitize your barbershop or hair salon post COVID-19?

As you well know, it is crucial to properly sanitize each piece of equipment between clients—scissors, combs, clips, etc.—and now it is even more critical. There may be surfaces in your facility that didn’t see as frequent cleaning and sanitizing (countertops, chairs, doors, waiting areas, restrooms, etc.), and now is the time to implement processes to make sure that is happening too. 

You should properly sanitize every surface or piece of equipment that has been touched, before and after each customer. Make sure you track the sanitization and keep good records of your processes. This may be required in your area.

The CDC has specific guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in any home or place of business, your salon and barbershop included. 

Follow these guidelines to clean each piece of hard-surfaced equipment and your floors:

  • Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect surfaces
  • Clean surfaces with soap and water, and then use a disinfectant on them
  • Clean surfaces with regular traffic more frequently (doors, counters, chairs, light switches, handheld mirrors, etc.)
  • Use EPA-registered disinfectants that are labeled as bactericidal, virucidal and fungicidal, and follow the instructions on the label
  • If you run out of disinfectants, household bleach solutions can work as a substitute (just make sure the bleach is intended for disinfectant use, isn’t expired, and is diluted to the proper instructions on the label)

For soft surfaces, like aprons, clothing items, and chairs and sofas in lounge areas, follow these guidelines:

  • Clean surfaces with soap and water or other appropriate cleaners for the intended surface
  • Wash any items that you can in laundry machines using the warmest water possible and drying completely before use
  • Use EPA-registered cleaners and follow instructions on label (These EPA-registered solutions meet criteria for COVID-19 measures)
  • If there is carpet in the building, continue to regularly vacuum the area

You may consider roping off lounge areas and/or removing furniture or otherwise discouraging customers from sitting around in the salon until it is time for their appointment. This can help maintain better social distancing measures. In some areas, this may be a requirement, as may the wearing of face masks by both employees and customers.

Be sure to check your local health department’s requirements, as most places have released new regulations due to COVID-19.

For electronic surfaces like tablets and computers, here are some additional recommendations:

  • Consider adding a wipeable cover to each electronic device in the salon
  • Follow manufacturer instructions for cleaning
  • If you don’t have these instructions, clean using alcohol-based sprays or wipes that contain at least 70% alcohol
  • Dry the surface completely

Read these articles for additional tips as you reopen your barbershop or salon:

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