Sunless tanning has become increasingly popular over the past decade, and more and more people are opting for spray tanning instead of traditional tanning in tanning beds. If you’re the owner of a tanning salon, purchasing professional spray tan equipment can be a big financial investment, so you’re sure to want the equipment to last for as long as possible. Proper operation and cleaning are essential for extending the lifespan of the tanning equipment in your salon. Use the following tips to care for and maintain your spray tanning equipment:
Read the Instruction Manual
While there are some general maintenance tips that apply to all spray tanning equipment, different machines can have specific maintenance requirements. After purchasing new spray tanning equipment for your salon, it is well worth your time to read the instruction manual so you understand how to operate it and clean it properly according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Clean Spray Guns
Spray tanning solution can thicken and clog over time, so it is important to clean your spray tan airbrush gun on a daily basis when you are done using it. The easiest way to do this is by emptying the remaining tanning solution into a plastic container and sealing it. Then add warm water to the spray tan machine and spray until the water is coming out clear.
You may also want to purchase spray tan gun cleaner; while it is not necessary to use spray tan gun cleaner daily, you should use it regularly to deep clean your spray gun. If your salon sells spray tan equipment for home use to customers to use in between appointments, it is also a good idea to also make spray tan gun cleaner available for purchase.
Keep Surfaces Clean
Over time, spray tanning equipment, such as the tanning machine, spray gun, and tent can get covered in dirt and debris from the tanning solution in the air. Simply using a gentle household cleaner can help keep the surface of your equipment shiny and looking like new. Just spray the cleaner on and wipe it off with a damp cloth a few times a week. Avoid using any cleaners or cleaning solutions with strong chemicals, as they may cause damage to your tanning equipment.
Ensure that Filter is Clean
Many types of spray tanning equipment have internal filters that need to be cleaned regularly. Failing to keep the filter clean can cause the equipment to not work properly, and eventually, a dirty filter can cause significant damage. If you are not sure where a filter is on a piece of your spray tanning equipment, consult the instruction manual for directions on locating and accessing the filter. In most cases, the filter can be cleaned with just warm water. Make sure the filter is completely cleaned and dried before reinserting in into your tanning equipment.
Pay Attention to How Your Equipment is Functioning
Properly cleaning your spray tanning equipment can go a long way in keeping it in pristine condition. But with regular daily use, even high-quality spray tanning machines can experience problems eventually. If you begin to notice that your equipment does not work as well as it used to and isn’t providing an even tan, call the manufacturer of the equipment. The manufacturer will most likely be able to put you in touch with a company that can repair your spray tanning equipment. Identifying problems early is essential—it is usually much less expensive to have a part repaired or replaced instead of using a piece of spray tanning equipment until it fails completely and you have to purchase a new one.