Envronmental Health Department

Barbarcide and Its Proper Use

The iconic blue of Barbicide is a constant in the beauty industry. Barbers and stylists claim Barbicide as one of the staples in any industry establishment.

The first thing to do in your infection control process is clean your implements, by removing all physical debris. Use plain soap and water. Then you can move on to using Barbicide to disinfect.

Mix it:
The proper mixing ratio of Barbicide is one of the most vital things you can do. The proper ratio is 2 oz. (or ¼ cup) of Barbicide Concentrate mixed into 32 oz. of water (4 cups). This is the proper dilution, so you can kill all the pathogens listed on the EPA registered label or for a full list see product label.

All non-porous surfaces in your salon should be disinfected. Single use items (like nail files or neck strips) should be thrown away after each use. Once you have mixed your solution there are several ways you can disinfect.

Immersion:
For items like combs, shears, brushes and nail clippers immerse them in Barbicide for ten minutes. Those ten minutes (contact time) will ensure all the pathogens on the label are eradicated. Once the contact time is complete, remove the implements and rinse them with water. Store the tools in an air tight container until you are ready to use them again.

Once the solution comes in contact with implements you need to change it 24 hours later, or sooner if contaminated.

Spray it:
Counters and chairs are a little hard to dip in Barbicide, but still need to be disinfected. Spray counters, chairs, mirrors and sinks down. Once again, those need to be visibly wet for ten minutes, then wipe it with a clean cloth. The ten minute contact time is vital for proper infection control.

​With these basic steps for using Barbicide you will be prepared to keep your salon clean and disinfected. Make sure you know how to use Barbicide, a staple in the Beauty Industry for 69 years.

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