Cleaning your Cups
• Make sure you are disinfecting, not just cleaning. A disinfectant has a D.I.N. number (Drug Identification Number) on the label regulated by Health Canada. Prepare yourself for Health Safety Inspections that may be conducted in your area.
• Be careful of harmful substances that could cause you or your clients to react negatively.
• Use effective quick disinfectants. You don’t want your cup cleaning to interfere with your massage practice.
• Have enough cups handy. To avoid rushing between clients, you may want to consider having 2-4 sets of cups at your disposition.
• Wash cups with hot water and dish soap, the dish soap dissolves dirt and oil. Let air dry or use a new, clean cloth to wipe dry.
• Make sure your cleaning clothes are clean and dry.
• Don’t use sponges. They are often damp, providing a breeding ground for bacteria. (Potentially carry more bacteria than a toilet seat)
Quick Cleaning Tip
• Does your cleaner have a DIN#? For proper sanitation and disinfection, be sure your cleaner has a DIN# labeled on your product and is not alcohol-based.
• Alcohol-based cleaners and Lysol wipes. They can dry out silicone cups; decreasing their longevity, leading to cracks.
• Washing cups in the dishwasher. This could cause the silicone to dry out and break over time.
• Baby wipes do not provide adequate sanitation.
• Wet wipes also transfer lint onto cups.
• Diluted mouthwash is not recommended as the percentage of alcohol to disinfect must be 60% or higher.
• Home-made sanitation products as their effectiveness to disinfect have not been proven or approved by Health Canada. (Example: To kill bacteria, the product must have the ability to cross the bacteria’s cell membrane.)
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