1. Keep Tanning Bed Filters Clean
This simple act of vacuuming filters when they are dirty will work wonders for your tanning equipment’s ventilation system. When the filters become clogged with a thick layer of dust, the tanning bed cannot breathe properly, and begins to overwork itself. This restricted airflow causes excess heat to build up and eventually damage acrylics. Acrylics become brittle and easier to break when they are constantly hot. Filters are usually located in the back, sides, and/or front of the equipment. Consult your tanning bed manual if you have trouble finding the filters.
2. Allow for Make-up Air
If you own a full-scale tanning salon, allow for make-up air in your salon. Acrylics can become dried and damaged from heat when the equipment does not receive fresh airflow. Many salon professionals already know the important standard procedure of venting hot air from the tanning unit leading it out of the salon. Indeed, your tanning unit constantly inhales cool air and exhales hot air through its vent. Have you ever opened the tanning equipment and found lots of dust, candy wrappers, and maybe even someone’s tanning goggles inside? Your tanning unit acts as a giant vacuum. If you have several units running regularly, they are likely consuming a vast amount of air. Consequently, new outside air must be brought into the salon to make up for the massive amount of air consumption. You can quickly determine whether you need to draw in additional fresh air by testing if the salon front door is difficult to open. If the door is indeed hard to push open, you may need to bring in an HVAC specialist to install a make-up air system for your salon.
3. Use the Right Cleaner
Use the right cleaning agents. Use a disinfectant that is safe for acrylics. A tanning acrylic disinfectant should have three main objectives: to disinfect and prevent the spread of viral disease, to clean without damaging the acrylic, and to provide streak-free appearance. A glass or acrylic cleaner that contains ammonia or alcohol should be used sparingly. While using these products a 3-4 times per year will probably not harm acrylics, both of these chemicals can cause irreparable long-term damage when used regularly.
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4. Use a Soft Microfiber Towel
Use a soft clean towel that is free of dust, preferably made of microfiber. Fold your towel into quarters. When one side becomes dirty, turn it over. When both front and back become dirty, unfold halfway and fold again the other way to have fresh new sides again. You understand the idea—you potentially have eight clean sides of towel in one single towel. When all eight sides are dirty, set it aside and pick up a clean one. Keep it clean. Even a small amount of dust can scratch the surface so change sides and towels frequently. The acrylic should always be dampened with acrylic cleaner, since a dry towel will move dust around, instead of retrieving it. Also, never rub the acrylic with your hand—this will also move dust around on the surface. Both dry towels and dry hands can cause small scratches in acrylics.
5. Skip the Baby Oil
Educate yourself and/or clients about baby oil and outdoor tanning lotions. Baby oil and many outdoor sun-tanning products contain mineral oil. These petroleum-based products not only damage acrylics, but may also harm your client’s health. When mineral oil is absorbed through the skin, it interferes with the body’s absorption of several crucial vitamins, including vitamin D. Toss that baby oil in the trash and go for a natural indoor tanning lotion.