Tools in your station can be the culprit to spread infection between your clients if this matter is overlooked.

Therefore, ensuring that your room is clean and adequately sanitised should be one of your top priorities. A failure to do so may cause damaging effects for your clients, such as infections which can result in a bad name for your business and risk the loss of clients.

Every state has different laws implemented on decontamination in the workspace. It is in your best interest to read and be aware of your local health department’s rules and regulations.

But to start, it is good to understand the fundamental differences between cleaning, sanitising, disinfecting, and sterilising. We have listed the variations below to help you get a better picture.

Four primary methods of decontamination:

  • Cleaning: Using warm water and soap. This method helps to eliminate surface particles.
  • Sanitising: Using alcohol-based products to eliminate or reduce bacteria.
  • Disinfecting: Using products that contain Barbicide or Germicides, reduce bacteria to a safe level.
  • Sterilising: Using high heat to eliminate bacteria. This method is the most effective in terms of killing all living organisms on hard surfaces.

Now that we have identified the four methods of decontamination, please learn about the steps that you should take to sanitise your workstation, supplies, and yourself.

2. How to Clean Your Hands – Make sure that your hands are always sanitised and free from any contamination by washing them thoroughly in between clients with warm water and soap for at least 30 seconds. Also, place a bottle of hand sanitiser at your station during the service. The most effective way to use the hand sanitiser is to apply at least a dime-sized amount to the palm of one hand and rub both palms together for 30 seconds.

2. How to Sanitise Your Workstation – First, get rid of everything that is non-reusable. This includes eye pads, micro-brushes, and lash wands. To ensure that your workstation’s hygiene is always in check, we recommend that you sanitise everything you touched during the service with a disinfectant wipe after a day of work. When it comes to tools that touched the client, make sure to sanitise them with alcohol or peroxide after every session.

3. How to Disinfect Your Supplies? – Before disinfecting your tools, make sure always to clean any visible debris off your instruments first, as any debris left on the surface may lead to cross-contamination. To disinfect your tools, prepare an approved hospital-grade disinfectant to manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure all tools are fully submerged for a specific amount of time. When time is up, remove tools from soak with clean tongs to avoid re- contamination. Dry tools with a clean towel or allow them to air dry.

4. How to Sterilise Your Tools? – If you want to be extra squeaky clean with your tools, this is a method for you. However, note that this method should only be used for heat-resistant products, like tweezers (DO NOT use this method on any plastic products). To sterilise your tools, let the instruments soak in boiling water for 20 minutes and carefully remove them with tools like pinchers and air dry them, and keep them in a container. High heat is the best way to complete the elimination of bacteria.