Between the quarantine hair, bushy eyebrows, stiff backs, Zoom fatigue, and overall pandemic stress, many people are eager to return to their favorite spa, salon, barbershop, or wellness business for a very, very, long-overdue appointment. Whether you’ve already opened your doors, or are open and still adjusting to the new “normal”, you’ve probably thought a lot about hygiene and cleaning for your business amid the pandemic. It’s important for your business to welcome clients into a clean, safe space. 

However, conventional cleaning products like bleach may kill germs, but the harsh odor will also kill your business’ relaxing, welcoming atmosphere  – not to mention the fact that you can’t exactly go around spraying everything with bleach since it’s extremely corrosive and toxic. So, how do you protect your clients, yourself, and your staff from dangerous pathogens without the harsh chemicals, noxious odors, and alarming safety warnings? Luckily, we’re here to help. Vital Oxide is an EPA-registered disinfectant that kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria and is on the EPA’s List N as a disinfectant approved for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. Vital Oxide cleans, sanitizes, and disinfects without any harsh chemicals, strong odors, or alarming safety warnings. 

Now is the time to strategize on how to keep your clients and team feeling comfortable, safe, and informed about the precautions you’re taking and what you’re doing to increase sanitization and hygiene efforts. Here are some steps to take and resources to use for creating a sanitization and cleaning plan for your spa, salon, barbershop, or wellness business.


While navigating procedures during the ongoing pandemic, it’s best to look to the experts. The U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides reopening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting for businesses. Plus, the CDC offers an easy-to-follow Cleaning & Disinfecting Decision Tool to help you understand which areas and surfaces need to be cleaned so you can open your business’ doors with confidence.

The International Spa Association has also created several great resources to help during this unprecedented time  – including a Spa Reopening ChecklistSpa Sanitation Hygiene Standards, and downloadable, customizable templates to use as signage to reassure clients that the areas are regularly disinfected.

Be sure that you and your team have a good understanding of the differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.

To summarize the difference between these three actions: 

Cleaning is the reduction of germs on a surface by removing dirt and debris. There isn’t any criteria that cleaning products have to meet when it comes to efficacy against pathogens. 

Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. 

Disinfecting is a term that’s regulated by the EPA. Disinfectants must clear a higher bar for effectiveness than surface sanitizing products. In order to be registered as a disinfectant, the product has to show that it kills 99.9% of specified viruses or bacteria on a surface within a specific dwell time. To disinfect effectively, the disinfectant needs to be able to come into contact with 100% of the surface, so it’s crucial to clean the surface first, and then spray it thoroughly with the disinfectant and let it sit for the required contact found on the product’s label. A common mistake a lot of people make is spraying a surface with a disinfectant and then wiping it immediately afterwards. However, letting the product sit for the required contact time is critical.