Let’s talk about the unglamorous part of being a microblading artist: sanitizing and sterilizing our microblading tools. Unless you can already afford to hire an experienced assistant right away, you have to learn how to clean and disinfect your equipment.
I personally use single-use needles and dispose of them properly, but I still have to clean and sterilize the microblading pen and other tools I use during the procedure. These tools come in close contact with skin and, for some, blood. If your equipment is not disinfected properly, you and your clients may be at risk of getting bloodborne diseases such as hepatitis b, HIV, and similar illnesses.
Without further ado, here are things I recommend you get to ensure your tools and your studio are hygienic and safe for your clients.
Basic Products To Keep Your Tools Clean
Here’s a quick list of products we recommend for use in your microblading studio. You can either get the same brand or your preferred one as long as they are high-level or medical-grade.
- Disposable adult bibs (also known as dental bibs). This versatile bib is a must-have in your studio. You can use this to cover and protect your facial chair and change it every time you have a different client.
- Tray for used tools. You can easily grab this tray with everything that needs disinfecting at the end of the day.
- Disposable anti-microbial gloves. Keep your hands clean either while working on your clients or disinfecting your microblading tools.
- Disinfecting Tray. If you don’t have a UV sterilization tray, that’s all right. You can soak the tools in a disinfecting tray with no problems (more on this later).
- Sterilized tray for clean tools. Make sure your newly disinfected tools are kept in a clean, sterilized tray.
- Cleaning brushes. This can be one of your make-up brushes as their bristles are soft and non-abrasive.
- PREempt CS 20, Cidex, or similar high-level disinfectants. Use this for soaking the tools (more on this later).
- Acetone. When you need to clean stubborn dirt such as glue or ink.
- Spray Nine heavy-duty cleaner and disinfectant. You can use this for wiping surfaces and trays in your studio, including the chairs.
- CaviWipes surface disinfectant. You can use this brand or your preferred medical-grade disinfectant wipes after spraying the surfaces with Spray Nine.
- Alcohol. This should be at least 70% to 90% alcohol.
How to Disinfect Your Microblading Tools and Trays
- I recommend placing a new adult bib on your facial chair, pillow, and tool tray every time you have a different client to avoid any form of contamination.
- Once your last client of the day leaves, grab the tray for used tools to wherever you keep your disinfectant tray.
- Fill your disinfecting tray with either PREempt CS 20 or similar high-level disinfectant. Put enough solution to cover your tools.
- Fill your sink or bowl with warm water and dishwashing liquid. Wash your tools and brush them first.
- Immerse your tools such as your microblading pen in the disinfecting tray filled with the solution.
- Let them soak for 20 minutes or so. If you’re using a different disinfecting solution such as CIDEX, follow manufacturer instructions that come with the product.
- Once they’re finished soaking, rinse them with warm water.
- Place them in a clean towel to dry. Once dry, store them in a clean, sterile tray.
- While your tools are soaking, you can start cleaning your work area. Spray Nine is a highly-recommended disinfectant that you can use to spray on your chairs, tables, trays, and other surfaces.
- After spraying, you can use medical-grade towelettes and wipes such as CaviWipes. You can also use the waiting time to vacuum, mop, or arrange your tools for the next day.
Going through all the cleaning and disinfecting will not only make your tools and studio hygienic. Doing these steps will avoid having to face bigger problems in the future should a client complain about cleanliness in your studio and the tools you use. More so, you will have the peace of mind that your clients are safe in your hands. Don’t forget to give yourself a pat in the back after a long day’s work, too!
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