The iconic blue of Barbicide is a constant in the beauty industry. Barbers and stylists claim Barbicide as one of the staples in any industry establishment. The BlueCo Brands team is grateful to be able to work in such an exciting industry, and to provide tools stylists need.
Our team members are frequently asked about the use of Barbicide. We want to give you a guide for proper use, to make sure you and your business are practicing proper infection control.
The first thing to do in your infection control process is clean your implements, by removing all physical debris. Use Ship Shape or plain soap and water. Then you can move on to using Barbicide to disinfect.
The proper mixing ratio of Barbicide is one of the most vital things you can do. The proper ratio is 2 oz. (or ¼ cup) of Barbicide Concentrate mixed into 32 oz. of water (4 cups). This is the proper dilution, so you can kill all the pathogens listed on our EPA registered label. (For a full list see the product label) This should be used in states that do not require a Tuberculocidal. (Link to your state’s site here)
All non-porous surfaces in your salon should be disinfected. Single use items (like nail files or neck strips) should be thrown away after each use. Once you have mixed your solution there are several ways you can disinfect. At BlueCo Brands we have a handy saying for using Barbicide “If you can, immerse it. If you can’t, spray it.”
For items like combs, shears, brushes and nail clippers immerse them in Barbicide for ten minutes. Those ten minutes (contact time) will ensure all the pathogens on the label are eradicated. Once the contact time is complete, remove the implements and rinse them with water. Store the tools in an air tight container until you are ready to use them again.
Once the solution comes in contact with implements you need to change it 24 hours later, or sooner if contaminated.
Counters and chairs are a little hard to dip in Barbicide, but still need to be disinfected. Spray counters, chairs, mirrors and sinks down. Once again, those need to be visibly wet for ten minutes, then wipe it with a clean cloth. The ten minute contact time is vital for proper infection control.
With these basic steps for using Barbicide you will be prepared to keep your salon clean and disinfected. Make sure you know how to use Barbicide, a staple in the Beauty Industry for 69 years.