What can you use to clean tanning beds?

Are you tired of gross and unsanitary tanning beds ruining your bronzing experience? Fear not, my sun-kissed friend! Here are some tips and tricks on how to properly clean those nasty germs away.

The Basics

Let’s start with the basics: what exactly is a tanning bed made up of? Essentially, it consists of an enclosed area equipped with UV light bulbs. These bulbs emit ultraviolet radiation that mimics the effects of sunlight on your skin. Sounds great, right? Except for one pesky detail – this type of environment is a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms we’d rather not think about.

Tip # 1: Always wear gloves when cleaning the bed; this protects both you and the equipment from cross-contamination.

Tip # 2: Before any kind of cleaning can occur make sure that all electrical circuits have been disconnected or switched off.

To keep these harmful little microbes at bay here are some things you’ll need:

  • Microfibre cloths
  • Cleaning solution (see further down)
  • Bucket filled with water
  • Small bristle brush

That’s it! Let’s get started!

First Things First: Clearing Any Debris

Before starting to disinfect it’s important to get rid/of/prioritize loose debris such as dirt or hair using a cloth or sweeping brush. This will allow you better access to crevices in between machine parts where germs like to hang out.

When finished wiping away any detritus use your smaller-bristled brush as needed to work around specific portions/for hard-to-reach areas.

Types of Cleaners

There are different types of cleaners available today in their liquid form:

  • Quaternary Cleaner: This particular cleaner is used for sanitizing purposes and generally don’t have specific scents. ‘It’s/They’re great because they clean the surfaces effectively, but contain no ammonia which can damage tanning bed acrylic.

  • Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA): The most popular cleaner amongst salon owners is ‘Isopropyl alcohol as it’s effective and it doesn’t cause chemical reactions to color or other available cleaning agents. Do not overuse IPA however, as prolonged contact with plastics such as tanning bed surface will degrade the quality of materials overtime.

Here’s a quick comparison chart:

Quaternary Cleaner Isopropyl Alcohol
Compatibility With Tanning Bed Acrylics /∆ Depending on plastic surfaces like polymers /materials used in the tanning machine

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Now that you’ve prepped your tools and selected your desired cleaner, let’s get those beds all cleaned up!

  1. Spray Your Cleaning Solution
    Wearing protective gloves spray down entire tanner with chosen disinfectant but always avoid spraying electrical components throughout use. It’s important to never apply any liquids directly onto bulbs or ballasts when operating therefore standard liquid volume should be sprayed on a cloth prior usage.

2.Clean From Top Down
This ensures that dirt and grease from higher areas do not drip down into ones already cleaned along the way so shake up that microfiber cloth and work around starting at top corners whilst using small circular movements back-and-forth until everything has been covered without leaving any streaks behind wherever possible.

  1. Take Care When Dealing With Electrical Components
    Make sure before you start cleaning any electrical components of the tanning bed machines are turned off and double check that no wires are left exposed.

  2. Don’t Forget The Bulbs
    However, if you absolutely have to clean bulbs as they too can accumulate dirt or sweat simply use a microfiber cloth soaked with rubbing alcohol for replacement usage after thoroughly drying/incase the bulb breaks/once water evaporates from all sides so nothing is remaining prior execution.

  3. Hit Those Crevice’s Source With Toothbrush Power!
    The ultimate solution for getting every last germ and bacteria out of those hard-to-reach places (interior fans, louvers, etc.) – toothbrush power!

    Tip #3: Label your brush strictly for use in deep scrubbing sessions only however we still suggest purchasing a separate toothbrush dedicated solely towards such kind of work.

  4. Wipe All Surfaces Dry
    Once cleaned leave surface areas completely dry by utilizing new unused dry paper towel/airy rags afterwards removing scattered debris away from interior parts where necessary.

Routine Maintenance

Now that everything is sparkly clean ‘maintenance’ will be an easy part since odds residing low germination through regular disinfecting keep good hygiene wearing sterile gloves while cleansing the equipment either everyday at end of day or couple times in week/month giving assurance cleanliness remains constant lessening possibility handing over illnesses soonest using each session by clients who do not want cross-contamination within workspace but rather return it feeling satisfied & joyful about their time spent obtaining optimal results instead leaving unhygienic environment behind which next consumers encounter/use may impact them negatively thus resulting in financial penalty onto salon owners themselves beyond more importantly risking spreading illness among hapless sufferers just due negligence!!


In conclusion, proper cleaning and maintenance procedures when it comes to tanning beds can make all the difference in your client’s experience! By utilizing various types of cleaners (such as quaternary or isopropyl alcohol) and a few simple cleaning tools, you can ensure that your beds remain free from harmful germs or other unsightly substances, making it a desirable destination for those looking to achieve optimal tanning results – minus the nasty side effects.

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