If you want to run a successful tanning business with high profit margins, you need to think of your equipment as your biggest investment. Clients are looking for flawless results, and your reputation and bank account can take a hit if your spray tan machines fall short of their expectations.
Even the best equipment can start to produce mediocre results when it isn’t properly maintained. Instead of risking your business or wasting money on replacements, learn how to keep your machines in top condition at all times.
Maintaining Your Spray Tan Machines
Read the manufacturer’s user manual. Spray tan machines are available in a variety of models and brands. Because care instructions can change depending on the type of mechanism a machine has, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s advice.
Clean your tanning equipment daily. Dirt and tanner residue can affect the quality of your spray tans and make your machines more susceptible to breakdowns. Because spray tan machines are often used several times a day, they need to be cleaned on a regular basis. To protect your equipment from damage and optimise its performance, gently wipe it down with a mild cleaning solution at the end of each day.
Inspect your machine’s filters once a week. Check your user manual for details on where to find filters and how to maintain them.
When Tanning Solutions Go Bad
If your clients are unhappy with their colour quality or coverage, don’t assume that your spray tan machines are broken. The culprit could be an expired bottle of tanning solution. While the shelf life for most professional solutions is around one year from the time they’re opened, it is possible for a tanner to go bad faster if it was defective or not stored correctly.
To do a quality check without getting your clients involved, try testing the product on your own skin. Choose an area that you can easily cover up with clothes.
If you spot any of the following problems, it’s a sure sign that you’re dealing with an outdated solution:
- Tanner looks bright green when sprayed on skin.
- The solution has a strange chemical smell.
- Colour coverage is weak. If all of it disappears after your shower, it means that the solution has oxidised and the DHA is no longer reacting with your skin cells.
To prevent your tanning formulas from going bad early, store them in a cool, dark place throughout the year. While most tanning solutions are used up well before their expiration date, keep a written record of when you opened each one as a backup system. To ask for exact care guidelines on a specific product, contact your supplier.