autoclave

How to choose an Autoclave and why!

Centre For Beauty has been offering our clients the ability to purchase Autoclaves since 2016.

We began this journey because we understand the importance of offering a Safe Salon environment to the highest degree.

Autoclaves is not a high margin item for us. I share this because it’s important for you to realize, this isn’t about selling a product, it’s about promoting the education and the importance of promoting a safe environment.

We did a lot of research and chose the Mfg. we work with very carefully. Our reasons for choosing the autoclaves that we did are as follows;

  • Mfg’  in the USA
  • 2 year warranty
  • Repairs are done here in the USA
  • Shipping times are efficient
  • FDA approved

Due to supply chain issues, building of these autoclaves have suffered. Production isn’t has plentiful as it was which consequently can and has affected availability.

Prices have changed over the years, both up and down. However, we have been able to keep shipping cost stable as we are fortunate to be able to work with the Mfg. to have them dropped shipped.

As a Salon owner let’s look at the following topics;

  1. Why would you choose to use an autoclave?
  2. What type of autoclave should you purchase?
  3. Why choose one autoclave over another?

What type of autoclave should you get?

There are many choices of autoclaves available to us. What I have realized is this;

  • UV sterilizers are NOT autoclaves
  • FDA approved is imperative
  • Cosmetic grade is NOT best
  • USA repair availability is HUGE

Why choose one autoclave over another?

There are many choices available to us. Centre For Beauty narrowed our search down to two(2);

  • Top load autoclave
  • Front load autoclave

The basic difference between the two which we offer is this;

  • Our top load autoclave does not have a drying cycle. Therefore, using sterilizing pouches are not suggested.

Sterilizing pouches are used to store individual tools (or sets of tools) in one pouch. The tools are placed inside the pouch then sealed and placed inside the autoclave. When sterilized, the indicator dot on the pouch changes color indicating the tools have been properly sterilized.

 

Why should you choose to use an autoclave?

It is your choice to autoclave because none of our State Board’s’ or Department of professional regulations require autoclaves to be used. At one point Texas did have that requirement. However, they have turned back the hands of time and no longer have made autoclaves a mandatory rule.

The main reason to autoclave is simple. It is sterilizing to the highest degree. If you want too;

  • Provide the highest standards of sterilization to your clients
  • Provide peace of mind to yourself, your team, your clients

Then an autoclave is for you.

 

 

Our top load autoclave is sufficient for a single user Salon. However, with discipline, a multi-user Salon can do very well with our top load autoclave.

With our top load autoclave, the important thing to remember is once the cover is open and the tools are removed…they are exposed to airborne particles.

Therefore, we suggest if working in a multi-user Salon, a routine is established to transfer the sterilized tools properly and efficiently;

  • Wear gloves
  • At location, place the sterilized tools & implements directly into an airtight container

By not wearing gloves you can transfer bacteria from your fingers to the sterilized tools and if transporting from one area of the Salon to another without being covered, the risk of airborne particles attaching to the tools defeats the purpose of using an autoclave.

If you are a single user, you can use your autoclave as a storage bin for your tools after they are sterilized.

Our front load autoclave is the most efficient for;

  • Multi-user Salons
  • Using pouches

Unlike our top load, our front load autoclave has a drying cycle. This means that after the tools go through the 30 minute sterilizing cycle, it goes through a 30 minute dry cycle. This dry’s the pouches inside the machine in lieu of leaving them on the counter to dry which, can cause harboring of bacteria.

Our front load autoclave also has the ability to add additional shelves. This is beneficial when wanting to increase the quantity of envelopes you wish to sterilize at one time. How many can you place in the machine?  I have had my clients tell me they have placed up to about 12-16 pouches in at once time…with no problems.

The importance of a warranty!

Any piece of equipment at this price point and higher, should offer a warranty. I was so impressed when they Mfg. told me they offer a 2 year warranty. Another reason I chose this brand.

The other benefit of purchasing through Centre For Beauty is any needed management should the machine need to be repaired.

Let’s face it, it’s who you know. You can certainly contact the Mfg. directly, good luck talking with anyone. Once very small, this Mfg. has expanded during the virus. It was for sure a “during Covid” Business. With expansion comes growth, new employees, new job positions. Consequently, their service department has really missed the boat over the last few months. However, it is getting better.

My point being, I’ve always had a personal contact to manage my clients. To date, I still do.

As a former Salon owner, as you all know.

I still pray to my God and thank him for not presenting me with challenges that could have been detrimental to the survival of my Business. What I use to do in the Salon  which I would never think of ever doing again. (Using sandpaper files)

The services I was doing incorrectly, and not referring my clients to Medical Professionals, certainly could have compromised my Business.

The problem is, I didn’t know. We had no learning tools like you do now in this century. Everything I learned, I figured out on my own.

You now have everything your fingertips. Knowledge, Mentors, Research….so much. You have the knowledge to make smart choices.

Our NEW Centre For Beauty “Infection Prevention ” Salon manual is ready for print.

Pre-order yours today and save 10%. – available under the disinfection link @ www.cjscentreforbeauty.com

CJ Murray, President

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