When a client comes to you for a piercing, they trust you to puncture a hole into their skin. Therefore, it is important that you do it while following all the safety guidelines and precautions in order to avoid the piercing from being infected by bacteria or viruses.
Piercing involves cutting the skin and exposing the internal blood vessels and mucous membranes to infectious agents from the outside. Therefore, it is very important to take all the necessary hygienic steps in order to keep your client’s body safe. This way, they will trust you and keep coming back to you.
Here are a few tips and precautions to follow while piercing any part of your client’s body:
- All surfaces in the piercing premises must be cleaned after each client is done with their piercing by an enzymatic detergent or any other suitable liquid that disinfects and wipes away bacteria and viruses. This prevents infections of one client from spreading to another
- Cleaning of the equipment: This removes all physical impurities from the equipment that can be seen with the naked eye. Cleaning is done by washing the equipment with detergent and water and making sure all parts of the equipment are exposed to the detergent.
- Let the equipment dry.
- Sterilization and storage. Items should be sterilized in a suitable machine that kills all microorganisms. The most suitable method of sterilization is to use a steam sterilizer.
- Wear disposable gloves when handling sharps and other equipment.
- Dispose of the gloves after use on each client.
- Make sure you wash your hands with soap in between the piercings. Adequate soap should be available from a soap dispenser and a suitable sink should also be available.
- To prevent infections from being transmitted to your client, you also need to make sure you don’t get infected as protecting yourself can allow you to break the chain of infection. Therefore, if you have any cuts or open wounds, especially on your hands, cover them with cotton gauze and band-aid so that the surfaces are not exposed anymore and your risk of contracting an infection decreases.
Make sure that whenever you are giving your client a piercing, you follow the above guidelines and precautions very carefully. Furthermore, ask the client to keep cleaning the site of the piercing with a suitable soap or wash that does not cause allergies for a few days after the piercing. This will help prevent the growth of bacteria or viruses around the piercing and reduce the chances of an infection.
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