Barbicide Offers Detailed Coronavirus Back-to-Work Checklist

barbicide_back_to_work_planSince many states are allowing spas to reopen and beauty pros to go back to work during the coronavirus outbreak, it’s critical that sanitation and disinfection of your spa equipment and workspace are top of mind. Barbicide has created an extremely detailed and informative Back to Work Plan, and we’ve excerpted the checklist of areas of your spa or salon to be attended to prior to reopening. Please visit the Barbicide article to read the entire Back to Work Plan, and be sure to take their online certification course at so you’re up to date with all the latest information and sanitary procedures needed to keep your clients, and yourself, as healthy and safe as you can during these difficult times. Also, be sure to adhere to your state’s guidelines to operating safely.

Prior To Re-Opening Checklist

Reception and Retail Area:

  • Discard old magazines and other non-essential items in the waiting area that cannot be disinfected
  • Wipe down all soft surfaces (couches, chairs) with water and a clean towel *Remember that these soft surfaces cannot be disinfected
  • Clean and disinfect all hard, non-porous surfaces, such as reception counter, computer keyboard, phones, door handles, light switches and point-of-sale equipment
  • Make sure to follow contact time for all surfaces
  • Consider online scheduling in place of written appointment cards
  • Clean and disinfect all shelving, glass and display cases; keep product containers clean and dust-free
  • Place signage in window to notify clients of your diligence in practicing proper infection control. Become Barbicide certified by taking their online test, here.

Work Stations 

  • Clean and disinfect all non-porous implements used in your services, as required by all states (immersion, spray or wipe)
  • Store properly disinfected implements in closed containers that have also been disinfected (wipe or spray)
  • Clean and disinfect all electrical implements used in your services as required by all states
  • Clean and disinfect chairs and headrests. *Remember that porous materials cannot be disinfected and ongoing use of disinfectants on materials covering chairs, can damage the material
  • On initial opening, feel free to disinfect your chairs, but limit to once daily – consider barrier methods on chairs, such as disposable paper drapes or towels that can be laundered after each client
  • Clean and disinfect station, rolling carts, drawers and any containers used for storage
  • Ensure that single use (porous items) are new
  • All items on a nail station must either be new, never used or cleaned and disinfected (stored in a closed container until ready to use)

Treatment Rooms

  • Clean and disinfect any appliances used
  • Clean and disinfect treatment tables. *Remember that porous materials cannot be disinfected and ongoing use of disinfectants on materials covering tables can damage the material – consider barrier methods on tables such as disposable paper drapes or towels that can be laundered after each client
  • Ensure that all product to be used has not been contaminated by improper removal of product prior to closure
  • Ensure all single use items are new
  • Empty wax pots, completely clean and disinfect – refill with new wax
  • Ensure that multi-use product containers have adequate single-use applicators available to safely remove product without contaminating remaining product


  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces
  • Replace any soft goods (toilet paper, paper towels)
  • Consider upgrading to touchless faucets, soap and paper towel dispensers
  • Consider adding touchless, automatic hand sanitizer dispensers
  • Place a trash container near door
  • Remove any products that do not belong in the restroom – nothing should be stored in a restroom


  • Wash all linens, both clean and dirty, that were left prior to closure per the rules of your state
  • If no rules exist about laundry, wash on hot with detergent and dry until “hot to the touch”
  • There should be no moisture or dampness in any linen
  • Launder (porous) or disinfect (non-porous) all capes
  • Store all linens in closed, covered cabinets until used

Shampoo and Pedicure Bowls

  • Clean all bowls, handles, hoses, spray nozzles and chairs
  • Disinfect all bowls, handles, hoses, spray nozzles and chairs observing full contact time with a properly concentrated disinfectant or wipe
  • Remove all parts that can be removed from bowl
  • Immerse removed parts for full contact time in properly diluted disinfectant to clean and disinfect
  • Scrub bowl with soap/water or detergent
  • Return removable parts to bowl
  • Rinse bowl with clean water
  • Disinfect the bowl – fill bowl with water and add proper amount of BARBICIDE® or Spacide to achieve the correct concentration
  • If your bowl has jets, turn on and let disinfectant solution circulate for 10 full minutes
  • If your bowl does not have jets, simply let it sit for the full 10 minutes
  • Empty water after 10 minutes and allow to air dry
  • Replace all multi-use materials, such as lotions or scrubs, that may have been contaminated by improper removal prior to closure
  • Ensure that all single use materials are new – such as files, pumice and buffers
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