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“Cleanliness is next to godliness,” or so the saying goes. However, each spring we clean our homes and invite in new energy and fortune into our lives; we cleanse our bodies with whole foods and detoxification treatments; we exercise our bodies and our minds with vigorous activity and the quiet solitude of meditation. In all of these ways we promote cleanliness in our lives, bodies and spirits. But what about the position we place our bodies in when we frequent businesses like spas or nail salons? What should consumers be looking for to protect themselves and keep their health intact? Spa Velia, a San Diego day spa provides a closer look at the question of cleanliness and sanitation.
“The best way to be aware of a facility’s cleanliness is by careful observation, with a discerning eye,” says Dana Stallings, principal of Spa Velia. Based on Spa Velia's practices, following are a few ways you can observe a facility.
Look for dust. When shopping through the retail area, notice shelves and product lids and packaging. If products are dusty, they may have been sitting there for too long and may not be as fresh, which means you may not be interested in spending your money on them. Corners and floorboards should be clean and clear of dust and cobwebs. Restrooms, showers, lounges, lockers and other common areas should be completely clean. One thing you can consider about dust is if you can see it and it is not being taken care of, what else is falling through the cracks (so to speak)? Floors should be steam-cleaned monthly or bi-monthly and a record should be kept.
Linens. All linens should be clean and free of any kind of dirt and stains and should absolutely be without any frays or tears. Linens should be stored in cabinets, closed containers or put away. They should not be stored in open spaces to collect dust.
Sanitation. In esthetic rooms, there should be some sign of a sanitation container. All instruments that touch the skin, such as brushes, extractor tools and tweezers, must be washed with soap and warm water, and sanitized using a hospital-grade disinfectant after they are used on each client. In addition, each product and piece of equipment should be sanitized with an isopropyl alcohol after each and every client. Bottles that look like they have been used without being cleaned off are breeding grounds for bacteria. Take a close look when entering the room.