Cleaning the air in your salon with an air cleaner that is designed to remove the chemical fumes that often evaporate at room temperature from products is a proactive way to keep staff and clients healthy. Here are 7 of the best features to have in a cleaner to insure great results.
Quiet Operation---As important as clean air is, it is equally important that you don't sacrifice the comfort and atmosphere in your salon. Having a cleaner that can do the job quietly with no muss, no fuss is essential if your purifier is to provide clean air. Having a cleaner that is too noisy to talk over can make you hesitate to operate it at a time when cleaning is most needed.
Continuous Cleaning---Volatile organic chemicals that evaporate from many of the products used in beauty and nail salon products can linger in the air for hours. In fact, if the air is not properly filtered you may find smells from yesterday's procedures still lingering in the air. This can be quite off-putting to clients who visit expecting an atmosphere that is both relaxing and healthy.
Low Cost Operation---You are more likely to run a cleaner continuously if it does not cost an arm and a leg to operate. 24 hour operation should draw about as much power as a 60 watt light bulb. Otherwise, the operation of the cleaner becomes prohibitively expensive resulting in air that is still not healthy.
Low Maintenance---Replacing the filter should be years away. Stay away from cleaners that need the filter changed every 3, 6, or even 12 months. This adds unexpected costs to operated, and some manufacturers will even negate any warranty if the filters are not purchased on schedule from them.
Carbon Filter---This type of filter is well-known for its ability to absorb gaseous pollutants. And while it is pretty effective with "normal" type of gases, odors, and chemicals, the volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) that typically off-gas from salon products are often more than this type of filter can handle alone.
Additive For VOCs---One of the most effective additives for removing these types of chemicals found in many salons is potassium iodide. When added to the carbon it increases the carbon's effectiveness and helps it eliminate more chemicals.
Flexible Options---As a shop owner, your first concern is surely the comfort of your clients. So you need a cleaner that can blend in with your décor, whether that is dark or light. So it would be nice if the cleaner that you choose could be both effective and available in colors that will look nice in your salon.
It is also extremely important that the unit is able to be placed fairly close to other objects in your salon. Having 360 degree air intake means that instead of needing to be placed in the middle of the room or in a certain position, it can be placed as close as 6 inches from any surface either up high or down low and still function effectively.