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Nail Salon Sanitation Checklist for Keeping Your Salon Clean

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A clean salon is a happy salon! It’s really important for you to make sure your salon is staying on top of cleaning and sanitation because your clients trust you to uphold the most stringent of sanitation standards. 

Because of the nature of the services offered, nail salons can sometimes come into contact with bodily fluids and bacteria that can be highly transmissible. However, by adopting a stringent cleaning checklist and procedure, you can help protect your clients, staff and reputation. 

How do you make sure you cover all the bases when it comes to sanitizing and cleaning your salon? We have you covered. At Minerva Beauty, not only are we your go-to place for purchasing nail salon equipment, but we also want to be a resource for you to help you improve every aspect of your business. That’s why we have created this comprehensive nail salon sanitation checklist for your people to use before, during and at the end of every shift. From sanitizing pedicure chairs to disinfecting salon tools, not only will these cleaning to-dos keep your salon looking clean and organized, but your people and clients will also feel supported and safe. 

In order to support your cleaning and sanitizing efforts, your salon will need to invest in a variety of hospital-grade disinfectants, UV sanitizers, sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer. 

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Nail Salon Sanitation Checklist for Keeping Your Salon Clean 

There are many things you can do throughout the day to ensure your salon is sanitized and clean. We have created three separate lists for you to leverage before, during and after each shift. 

Cleaning Checklist to Open the Salon 

You want to start every shift off on a clean slate. These tasks will ensure that your salon is clean and ready for business. 

  • Mop and sweep the floors - using equipment like the EyeVac Electronic Dustpans make this step easy
  • Sanitize and disinfect all salon furniture
  • Organize sanitized salon manicure supplies and tools
  • Ensure all equipment is working 
  • Place hand sanitizer by the door
  • Ensure table towels and sheets are fresh
  • Fold clean towels and make sure to put some in the towel warmers 
  • Make sure cleaning and disinfecting supplies are readily accessible for employees 
  • Make sure the salon looks clean


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Cleaning Tasks to Do Throughout the Day 

While you need to have a strong opening and closing cleaning checklist, it’s important to clean and sanitize throughout the day. Make sure you weave these cleaning tactics into your day-to-day.

  • Sanitize and disinfect pedicure bowls by mixing hot water with disinfectant and letting it swirl or bubble for 10 minutes
  • Dispose of gloves before every client and put on new ones
  • Sanitize and clean manicure bowls
  • Sanitize multi-use salon tools with UV sanitizers 
  • Sanitize nail brushes with each use
  • Wipe down and sanitize as you are using manicure tables
  • Disinfect salon furniture before and after each client 
  • Regularly wipe down and disinfect the polish area
  • Replace towels and sheets before and after every client in massage rooms 
  • Tidy up the reception and waiting area to maintain a clean look
  • Dispose of single-use items like sandals, files and buffers
  • Clean and sanitize the nail drill and replace the tips with each client

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Cleaning Checklist for Closing the Salon

As you close the salon for the next day, your cleaning checklist may be a little heftier because it’s important to set your salon up for success the next day. Use this checklist to close your salon. 

  • Sanitize pedicure bowls with hospital-grade disinfectant 
  • Disinfect all furniture like salon chairs, pedicure chairs, manicure tables and couches 
  • Sweep and mop floors
  • Wash and dry dirty towels and sheets 
  • Prepare multi-use tools to be sanitized 
  • Reorganize polish station
  • Clean the staff breakroom and sanitize tables and chairs
  • Sanitize and disinfect door handles and common places
  • Dispose of all trash 

Empower your people with this sanitation and cleaning checklist so that you can keep your clients and staff safe. Of course, every salon is different and has its own unique needs, which is why you should adapt this checklist to meet your salon’s requirements and demands. To better understand how your salon should be sanitized and cleaned, you can always ask for feedback from your people about how your salon could become a cleaner and safer place. 

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