Effective Cleaning

Effective Cleaning

When working within the beauty industry it is important to ensure high standards of hygiene. This becomes increasingly more important when you are performing invasive procedures.

Having a good cleaning routine not only protects yourself, but also prevents cross contamination between clients.

It is best practice to clean your room between clients, with a thorough clean being done at least once a week, if not more dependent on the amount of how many clients you treat each week.

Cleaning physically removes contamination which includes microorganisms but will not kill all microorganisms even if the surface look clean.

You can clean all work surfaces using a detergent and warm water. Read the instructions carefully on any products you use to make sure they won’t damage your work surfaces.

Ultrasonication

Is a liquid based method of cleaning that is recommended for some types of metal equipment. The process is performed in a lidded tank and can clean in between apertures and recesses. The tank of the Ultrasonic cleaner should be cleaned twice a day and kept clean and dry overnight.

Disinfection

This reduces the number of living microorganisms, but may not necessarily kill all fungi, viruses, bacteria and spores. Disinfection is not the same as sterilisation. Items or surfaces must be cleaned before disinfection can occur.

Sterilisation

Sterilisation kills all microorganisms and also bacteria and fungal spores that may survive the disinfection process. Steam sterilisation is the preferred method of sterilising any equipment you may use as it fast, easy to use and non-toxic.  UV sterilisers and glass bead sterilisers are not considered to be adequate methods of sterilisation.

Types of cleaning agents

AgentInstrumentsSkinWork Surfaces
Powder or liquid based detergents that are diluted in hot water as per the manufacturer’s instructions.This can be used for initial cleaning of instruments before disinfection or steam sterilisationNoEffective enough to use on all work surfaces between clients or at the end of the day before disinfection
Bleach or Hypochlorite. On application bleach products must contain minimum 1000ppm available chlorine. For example from sodium dichloroisocyanurate (NaDCC) soluble tablets.NoNoYes on hard man-made work surfaces.
60-80% alcohol is available as spray or as wipes.NoYesYes however the surface must be cleaned beforehand.
Halogenated Tertiary Amines and quaternary ammonium compounds (e.g. Trigene); these products are available as spray or wipes.Yes but may cause damage to metal surfaces with prolonged useNoYes
Chlorhexidine based products often combined with alcohol such as Hibisol.NoYesNo
Glutaraldehyde based productsThis substance should never be used on the skin and is an irritant and Allegan. Exposure is strictly controlled under COSHH. Its use is not recommended unless appropriate measures are in place.