Spa Cleanliness: Steps to Disinfecting Your Spa
At its core, the goal of disinfecting your spa is an important one: you're attempting to eliminate (or reduce as much as possible) the harmful germs on the surfaces and equipment used by both your employees and your customers on a daily basis.
This was always critical to your spa's success and long-term reputation, but it's especially so given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that is making its way around the world.
Thankfully, achieving maximum spa cleanliness isn't nearly as difficult as you may be fearing. It simply requires you to keep a few key things in mind as you create a program that works for you, your employees and the customers you've dedicated yourself to serving.
Step 1: Make Sure You're Using the Right Spa Disinfectant Products
By far, one of the most important steps you can take to keep your spa as sanitary as possible involves making sure that you're using the right type of cleaning products in the first place. One of the most invaluable tools available to you to that end is undoubtedly Benefect Decon 30 - a ready-to-use, EPA registered botanical disinfectant that is a cleaner, bactericide, virucide and fungicide all in one incredibly convenient product.
The major benefit here is that Decon 30's active ingredient is Thymol, which is a natural extract from essential oils of the thyme plant. Because there are no human health warnings or precautionary statements for use or disposal, there's no need to rinse off spa equipment or other sensitive surfaces after you use it.
What you're left with is a product that allows you and your employees to quickly decontaminate even the most problematic surfaces, all without leaving any type of synthetic chemical residue behind. Plus, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is not required. Another important product you'll want to keep at-the-ready is Shockwave - the multipurpose disinfectant and cleaner from Fiberlock. This is also ready-to-use, so there is no mixing required. Not only is this cleaner EPA registered for use specifically against COVID-19, but it also has a modest 10 minute contact time.
In addition to acting as a medical grade disinfectant, this product is perfect as a deodorizer, for fungicidal purposes, as carpet treatment, as a laundry additive and can even help assist with water damage restoration.
It's also perfect for the decontamination of HIV-1 and HBV on surfaces that had been previously soiled with blood or other bodily fluids, making it a well-rounded option for all of your spa disinfectant needs moving forward.
Step 2: Training is Essential
But at the same time, you have to acknowledge that even the most powerful spa disinfectant products in the world ultimately won't do your business any good if your employees don't actually know how to properly use them.
Luckily in the case of the two products listed above, they're very easy - both require no mixing and simply need to be applied to specific surfaces during sanitation. But particularly in regards to COVID-19, spas and similar organizations need to create adequate training programs to make sure that employees know exactly what is expected of them at all times. This means that employees need to learn how to safely use cleaning products and should be given an overview of how to properly use PPE.
At a bare minimum they should be given a crash course into personal hygiene, including factors like hand washing.
Likewise, every employee within a business should know the location of each product's Safety Data Sheet, otherwise known as the SDS. This is a single, consolidated document that outlines all procedures for safe handling of products like disinfectants, along with any steps that may be necessary in the event of an emergency.
If one of your employees accidentally gets a harsh chemical in their eyes, they need to quickly be able to figure out what to do next. Keeping all SDS in a centralized location will help to that end.
Step 3: Document Everything
Obviously, every spa is a bit different from the next - meaning that there is no "one size fits all" approach to proper cleanliness. Yes, there are certain products you should use and common sense will rule the day - but in an effort to create a cleaning program that works well for your unique business, you need to document absolutely everything that you're doing moving forward.
Your spa should absolutely have a documented daily cleaning schedule for employees to follow, for example, so that everyone knows exactly what is expected of them. There should also be some type of written verification system to hold everyone accountable, making sure that they're always performing the tasks that they're required to do.
As a bonus, this level of documentation will help make the onboarding of new employees easier, too.
If you'd like to find out more information about all the critical steps you need to take to disinfect your spa and keep your customers and employees healthy, or if you just have any other questions about spa cleanliness that you'd like to discuss with someone in a bit more detail, please don't delay - contact Pro Solutions today.