Cleaning your salon has never been more important. To protect customers and staff from the threat of COVID-19, every salon must adopt strict cleaning schedules to make sure surfaces are regularly cleaned, disinfected and sanitised.
A common complaint from salon owners and workers is that cleaning takes up too much time between customers. This means that salon workers are working longer hours than ever before for less money.
We’ve shared some tips to help manage this in the past. These include increasing your prices to cover the extra work, and adjusting your services to make sure you’re making the most of client time.
In this guide, we’re going to look at how you can streamline your cleaning routine to make sure you’re maximising every second of the day. Here’s a quick run through of how you can maximise your time and focus on the areas that need to be cleaned the most.
A huge part of being COVID-19 safe is all about cleaning everything between clients. You won’t know what to clean unless you’re looking at this from your client’s perspective. Think about what they will touch and come into contact with in your salon. This will obviously depend on their treatment, but this is what their journey might look like for a cut and blowdry.
Create your cleaning plan based on the areas each client will touch. And then add in the things that you have touched. Communal areas like door handles and the reception desk should be left to one person in the salon. If the responsibility is shared, it can be difficult to keep tabs on who has cleaned it. Keep a whiteboard checklist at your reception desk so you can check off when something has been cleaned.
To avoid cleaning absolutely everything between each customer, move items to a “dirty zone” once they have been used by you. You can then avoid cleaning all of your equipment and just focus on the items you actually used. Avoid touching things unless you plan to use them, and keep everything away from the client.
If you find something really difficult to clean, think about how you can cover it or get rid of it. Fabric chairs and chairs with arms spring to mind. Anything with fabric cannot be fully disinfected, so you might need to move this out of your salon for the foreseeable. Covering expensive chairs with a disposable cover could help to cut down cleaning time. This will also stop you from ruining your gorgeous leather salon chairs with hourly sanitising spray!
Switching to single use items might be more expensive but it could help you to save money on client turnaround. Otherwise, invest in multiple sets of equipment so you can leave things in a “dirty zone” away from the clients and tackle cleaning them all at once at the end of the day.