Wash Out Those Mixing Bottles

Shannon Moore, NCMG Director of Grooming Education Espree Animal Products Southlake, TX

 

As groomers, we take so many precautions to ensure the safety and well- being of our clients from salon safety procedures, using a variety of fabulous products, state of the art equipment, providing a clean and healthy environment, and the list goes on and on.  We sometimes overlook a very basic component of our routine, the importance of cleaning out the mixing bottles. When diluting, handling, and using product, it is imperative to keep hygiene at the top of our list.

Hygienic Guidelines for Mixing Professional Strength Product:

1. Wash all containers and caps with very hot water and a sterilizing solution before mixing concentrated shampoo and conditioner, preferably the night before and let the container air dry.

2. Any unused diluted material should be discarded at the end of the day.  If you can’t bear to throw away product, bathe your own dog to get rid of the product.

3. Do not mix an entire gallon of product unless you plan on using it all by the end of the day.

4. Don’t forget to wash the caps of the mixing bottles as they can hold bacteria, mold, and fungus.  This can transfer to the animal during bathing.

It is important to remember that the contamination of product can cause pets to have a reaction to the shampoo mix if it is contaminated with bacteria, mold, or fungus from improper cleaning and handling of the mixing bottles.  Unfortunately, there are not any hygiene regulations for pet groomers.  It is our responsibility as a professional stylist to set forth a standard protocol for providing proper hygiene in our salons.  This hygiene extends all the way to something as simple as a mixing bottle.

4 Ways To Use Espree’s Luxury Remoisturizer Conditioner

Shannon Moore, NCMG, Director of Grooming Education, Espree Animal Products, Southlake TX

Everyone has their favorite products to use for different coat issues. I have always considered myself a “collector” when it comes to grooming products and equipment.  I want my conditioners to have the capability of turning a dry, brittle coat into a beautiful one by providing some serious hydration.  Espree’s Luxury Remoisturizer Conditioner has become my “go to” conditioner to promote moisture and manageability while locking in hydration.

Here are 4 different ways to use this versatile conditioner:

  1. Regular Conditioner with a dilution rate of 32:1. The Luxury Remoisturizer is recommended for all coat types. Used at this dilution rate it will keep the coat texture true to type.  It also has the ability to replace moisture lost through bathing, blow-drying, and exposure to sun and wind.  It reduces matting and promotes hair growth.
  2. Deep Conditioning Treatment with a dilution rate of 16:1. This type of treatment is ideal for any coat that is cottony, silky, or mats easily, and dogs going through coat change. I warm the diluted conditioner to luke warm and apply to coat making certain the product is distributed from root to tip. Allow it to sit on the coat for 60 – 90 seconds and rinse immediately.  Slightly cool the water temperature down when rinsing the coat.  This Deep Conditioning Treatment will improve texture and shine, while keeping the coat static free.  It is a great way to control the most difficult coats while reducing matting and tangling.
  3. Detangler. Dilute 50:1. Saturate the mats and carefully separate with your fingers.  Then gently brush with a slicker section by section until you can glide a comb through the matted area.  I use it as a Detangling Spray before the bath. Conquer mats and tangles without the drama associated with detangling.
  4.  Leave In Conditioner. Dilute 50:1 and you have a very light leave in conditioner. It will hold and protect coats from matting and tangling.  Excellent for breaking down a coat while minimizing damage from gels and other styling products. It is also great to use to set a part on a drop coat.

View the Luxury Remoisturizer Conditioner on our website.