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Running a Nail Salon? Make Sure You Install Proper Ventilation Systems!

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Besides the plumbing and furniture, ventilation is a key part of your infrastructure.

It’s not just something you install for comfort. Ventilation in a nail salon is a “safety requirement” for your health, and that of your clients’.


In a nail salon, you’re exposed to cosmetic chemicals around the clock.

This includes everything from nail polishers, to acids, hair dyes, and powders.

Those items are irritants. That is, they contaminate the air, making it hard to breathe. And with overexposure, you may irritate your respiratory system.

So expect nasal and lung issues as common salon problems.

Those problems are avoided with proper ventilation. You use it to clear out “chemicals floating in the air.”

You allow in fresh air, making it easier for you and clients to breathe!

Another Function – Odor.

In a nail salon, odor issues exist.

After all, it’s a closed environment with exposed feet and many “jam packed” workers. So expect the place to feel stuffy.

Thus, it’s bound to smell bad. Not to mention, a nail salon’s interior can be “hotter” than outside weather!

Basically – You Need Ventilation.

And you can’t just pick “an average ventilation system.”

Systems that work for homes and offices won’t work for salons. You need something that’s heavy duty and low cost.

Central ventilation itself isn’t enough. You need a derivative of it, and one we recommend is a “local exhaust system.”

It’s not something that looks glorified, and you’ll find it often in metalwork shops. But it is necessary in a salon.

You can get ones that use both “activated charcoal” and “high efficiency particulate air filters.” Both are effective at removing dust and floating chemical residues!

Now – to the Guide.

There are certain things you should do before installing a ventilation system.

We’ll explain them below. Follow those steps, and setup a healthy to breathe environment!

(1) Measure the Salon’s Dimensions.

The capacity of your ventilation system should extend to the full area of your salon.

You’ve got to know the air volume that you need cleared. This means measuring the “height” and “area” of your salon, then presenting those numbers to a professional.

However, if you’re a little worried about the ventilation not being enough, you can buy multiples. This works well for “multi-room” or “multi-story” salons.

We recommend going for outdoor vents. After all, the air you clear isn’t going to be 100% de-contaminated.

So with an outdoor vent, you ditch the old air for fresher ones!

(2) Watch Your Furniture/Floor.

Some items trap dust more than others.

Those include carpets, which can keep debris, dust, and even chemicals remaining. This also includes carpet flooring, which is a big-no.

So make sure you install items where dust is easily clearable from them. After all, you’ll need to “frequently vacuum” those items

(3) System Maintenance.

After picking the desired ventilation system, make sure you clean it out regularly.

You do so to make sure it runs efficiently. It ensures you clear as much air per circulation as possible!

If you’re going for activated charcoal systems, make sure to swap out the filter every 3 months. But do check the filters every month, especially if you live in a dusty environment.

(4) Keep Yourself Protected.

Many responsible salons encourage their technicians to wear masks for air filtration. You should do the same too in your salon.

With a surgical mask, you ensure that germs don’t spread. You also ensure that vapors and dust are not inhaled. So they guard your employees’ lungs from inhaling harmful items.

Make sure you pick a mask with an “N95” rating. This means that a mask will block 95% of dust particles that access the lungs.

Also, make sure you pick masks with 1-way valves. This allows for better inhalation and exhalation, and it gives wearers a constant supply of fresh oxygen.

(5) Product Maintenance.

When not in use, your dispenser bottles and nail chemicals should stay closed. This reduces exposure and evaporation which may potentially harm you.

Also, never service clients using bulk containers. Always pour out bulk containers to smaller and well-labeled ones.

And finally, maintain trash cans that are properly sealed. If possible, make sure they’re metallic, so that they react less with chemicals, while keeping odors to a minimum!

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