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How to Disinfect Home Manicure Tools?

For manicurists, disinfecting manicure tools is the most important step. If you want to ensure that your clients receive the best service possible and that their health is safe, it’s important to take the time to properly sanitize all your manicure equipment.

Cleaning, disinfectingand sanitizing

First of all, let’s talk about the differences between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing.

Cleaning involves removing dirt, debris, and other substances from your tools. You should clean all of the surfaces with a sponge, detergents, and warm water before you disinfect or sanitize them.

Disinfecting is the process of killing most types of bacteria and other microbes from your nail tools. You should disinfect all surfaces with a chemical solution before sanitizing them.

Sanitizing means eliminating 99% or more of germs, viruses, and bacteria from your products to prevent cross-contamination between clients.

There is a variety of sanitizers to choose from, depending on the type of surface you want to disinfect and what is safe for your equipment maintenance needs. You can go for alcohols (isopropyl), hydrogen peroxide, ozone gas treatments, steam treatment with UV light exposure, or a high-temperature sterilizer.

When you’re starting the process of disinfecting and sterilizing your nail tools, it’s a good idea to wear a mask and gloves to protect yourself from caustic substances.

How often should you disinfect your manicure tools?

Having a clean salon and using sterilized manicure tools is one of the best ways to market your nail salon. People always feel safe and grateful when you use sterilized and packaged tools, and are most likely to recommend you to others.
In general, it is recommended to clean tools each time they are used (and between each client). Luckily for manicurists, it’s easier than it is for other manicure professionals.
For example, you can stock up on more tweezers, scissors, or henna spatulas so you can sterilize them less frequently.
The average manicurist should disinfect their manicure tools every 7-10 days to protect their customers’ nails. If you don’t have enough equipment in your salon, you can do it more often.

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Steps to Disinfect Manicure Tools

Manicure tools can be boiled directly, or put into a steam sterilizer or ultraviolet sterilizer for sterilization. Or soak the manicure tools in 75° alcohol solution, disinfectant, or put them in an ozone disinfection cabinet.

Disinfection of metal tools

  1. Wash with detergent→wipe and disinfect with 75° alcohol→wipe→put in disinfection cabinet for sterilization→keep.
    After staining with blood: wash with detergent → soak in 75° alcohol for disinfection → wipe → put in disinfection cabinet for sterilization → keep.
  2. The most convenient and effective way is to wipe with disinfectant wipes. Choosing disinfectant wipes with high sterilization rate is no worse than disinfectants.
    Non-metallic disinfection (such as towels, cloths)
    Wash with detergent → dry and cool → keep. After stained with blood: must be discarded.

Disinfect hands

It is best not to wear anything on your hands before disinfection. Watches or rings will hinder the washing and disinfection of your fingers, and will easily increase the possibility of breeding skin bacteria. Wash your hands with hand sanitizer → rinse thoroughly. Or wipe your hands with disinfectant wipes.

Nail disinfection

It is easy for dirt to accumulate in nails, so use a dust brush or cotton pads to completely remove the dust, and then use disinfectant such as alcohol to disinfect. Note that disinfected nails must not be touched with fingers, and the nail surface must be given time to dry. It is recommended to use simple-to-operate disinfectant wipes to wipe the nails. While cleaning the nails, it can also disinfect the nails.

If you know these things about sterilizing manicure tools, it will be a plus point for your manicure customers.


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