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Taking Care of Your Tanning Bed

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Why Is Cleaning Your Tanning Bed Important?

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Cleaning your tanning bed is as important as washing your dishes or changing the sheets on your bed.

This is true for many reasons, including keeping the bed sanitary and presentable, maintaining all the parts to their most operational level, and most importantly, keeping clients, customers, and you comfortable during tanning session after tanning session, each and every day.

This daily maintenance should go on after every session, with more intricate inspections weekly. Make it a required task for you and your staff, and your customers will keep coming back for more.           


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Cleaning your tanning bed is about more than neatness, it's necessary to keep all the parts working their best.

The UV lights that pass through the tanning lamps cannot do so if they encounter a barrier. If the UV lamps and the tanning acrylic has enough dust on them, this could be a problem. In fact, the amount of UV light you absorbed could be decreased by as much as 10 percent ... just because you didn't take a few minutes to dust. A little crazy not to clean when thought of in those terms!

This same rule holds true for the fans, trays, and all the parts. Keep this in mind if ever you feel like letting this chore slide.


Tanning Bed Cleaning Procedures

When cleaning your tanning beds, the first thing you should do is take off the tanning acrylics. Tanning acrylics are clear plastic sheets that cover the tanning lamps. Once you remove them, and then remove all the tanning lamps, just take a clean damp cloth and wipe down the reflector.

This reflector helps reflect the UV light back up toward the body. Once it is dusted, you will know you are getting the best performance possible out of the tanning bed and its lamps.

After cleaning the reflector, make sure to wipe down the lamp and bulbs thoroughly. Once everything is clean, the parts can be placed back in the bed.


Cleaning the Ballast Tray

A ballast tray is the tray-holding item that is usually found underneath the tanning bed.

This area is important to the maintenance and functionality of your bed and holds the electrical components, ballasts, and other items. Since this is not known as as "part," it's really easy to forget the ballast and not clean it regularly. This is a mistake. These ballast trays usually fill up with dust if not paid attention to.

You should open up your ballast trays every few months and use a shop vac to vacuum up all of the dust building up on the components. Don't let yourself forget -- leaving all this dust building up can cause a dangerous fire if there is ever an electrical spark.


Don't Forget the Cooling Fan!

When you embark on the task of cleaning and daily inspections of your tanning beds, you also want to check the cooling fans.

Cooling fans are usually found on the ballast trays in traditional beds, as well as the on the canopy and bench of the tanning bed, depending on the type, or model you have in your ownership.

These fans need to be free from dust so that the fans (and thus the bed) can work properly. You can dust your fan in the same way you do the rest of the tanning equipment, but be diligent, it's easy to miss spots on this one!


Daily Tanning Bed Care

After each and every time a client uses a tanning bed, a member of your staff should take a quick peek at the beds. This is an opportunity to make sure all parts are in working order, the glass has no cracks, and that all parts (including the tanning bed pillow) are clean. The goggles should be sanitized at this time as well.

If you are busy at the salon, this may seem like a waste of time and manpower, but it's very important. Customers need to feel comfortable, and cleanliness is a part of that, and a show of consideration and respect. It just takes a few minutes to do well, and can do a lot to strengthen your client relationships.


The UV Light Myth

Rumors have long existed that the use of UV light itself within tanning beds can sanitize the bed in the same way that boiling water is thought to clean a bottle. This is not accurate.

Tanning beds emit UVA and UVB rays. UVC rays, which are not meant to be emitted by the bed, are what have a history as a germicide. Even so, cleaning and sanitizing between customers should be a salon policy. You can never be too clean or too safe!


Choosing a tanning bed cleaner

A tanning bed cleaner, also known as tanning bed sanitizers, is something all tanning bed owners know they need. However, with so many options out there, it's hard to know the best one for your needs.

If you visit MasterTanning.com, you will see an extensive listing of supplies to clean your tanning bed, no matter what your specific business needs or considerations. For example, check out the Australian Gold tanning bed cleaner, which offers a one-step, no-rinse, neutral pH disinfectant-cleaner. A full scale disinfectant, as well as, it is a cleanser, sanitizer, deodorizer, fungicide, virucide and mildew stat.