Furniture care is a necessary evil for salon and business owners in general brought about by the very existence of furnishings in your business. In other words, if you buy furniture, you will also have to dish out some TLC here and there.
Do the math! furnishings in your business are without a doubt valuable and essential tools for your trade. for example, if one of your barber chairs broke, would you think twice about replacing it? I think not! Now picture this, a client falls on his or her butt on your premises. If the cause was neglected furniture, you may end up facing a storm that your business can’t handle.
All that and money-saving tips are the main reasons you need this guide!
Here are 10 foolproof long-term money-saving tips for salons… for the impatient skip to Salon furniture care: long term money-saving tips
|Metal/stainless steel furniture care||Wooden furniture care||Upholstery furniture care|
|Use branded stainless-steel cleaners||Clean and dust regularly||Use washable slipcovers|
|Use scratch-resistant scourer or nylon to clean||Keep away from light and heat||Protect arms from abrasion and dirt with arm covers.|
|Avoid using strong abrasive or acid solutions||Wax and polish||Vacuum|
|Steel wool and steel brushes will cause rust.||Protect from sharp objects and pets|
|Keep stainless steel furniture away from direct sunlight and heat.|
Glass furniture care
If you have a glass table or any piece of furniture with glass on it, use suitable detergents and keep the item away from stains, kids, and pets.
Preventive maintenance or furniture care is not about fixing problems, instead, its about preventing costly problems from ever happening. Just like Back to The Future but without the time machine!
The activities involved include repairs, parts replacement, adjustments, lubrication, and cleaning.
Depending on how much business you get, a lot of butts will be placed on your waiting sofa. Consequently, you might notice droops at the edges, stains, or weird smells emanating from it. Left unchecked, these problems will continue to worsen up to a point that regular clients might start to notice.
Human psychology tells us, homo sapiens associate stuff, meaning… if I come to your premises and it smells a little odd. That thought will haunt me each time I think about coming back for a hairdo.
In general, how you take care of your furniture depends on the fabric it is made of. But we can all agree that majority of items in your salon are upholstery.
The term ‘upholstery’ encapsulates all furniture with fabric or leather covers, webbing, springs, and padding. These options are plenty but can be grouped into:
- Linen: should be cleaned with cold or lukewarm water and a mild detergent.
- Wool: vacuum rotary brushes damage wool, instead, use a soft brush and mild detergent.
- Leather: easiest to clean or damage… use equal parts, water, and vinegar to clean.
- Polyester: all-purpose detergent and warm water to clean.
- Microfiber: remove stains with rubbing alcohol or use equal parts vinegar and water, two tablespoons of baking soda, and a spray bottle to clean.
Ever walked into a salon and immediately started sneezing? Worse still, if you work there, lack of furniture care and upholstery maintenance may hinder your work thus losing you money. See unlike your home, your salon is a high traffic area, meaning lots of people come in and leave particles of stuff floating around or on your furniture.
Dirt, to be specific, combined with butt pressure will fade your furniture and that will affect the overall aesthetic of your salon. So, cleaning, repairs, and maintenance go way beyond saving you money. There is a marketing aspect to it!
Oh, and did you hear about that breach of duty at a hair salon that resulted in a 52,000 compensation claim?
Furthermore, Safe work Australia reports that each year, trips, slips, and falls result in thousands of preventable injuries. If it just so happens that musculoskeletal injuries, fractures, bruises, dislocations, fractures, or injuries in general, occur at your premises as a result of furniture neglect. You may find yourself staring down the barrel of financial ruin.
The point is, neglecting salon furniture is costlier than maintenance in the long run.
Is it possible to maintain something that’s already broke or built to break?
‘Built to break’ refers to low-quality-often-cheap furniture items that some salon owners buy to save a little. The motivation is understandable but, in the long run, it is saner to buy quality and from a trusted dealer.
How do I tell if what I’m getting is quality?
Simple, see it in action on Instagram… let’s say you are in the market for a washing basin and or barber chair…
before buying, Leveraging the power of social media will benefit you in:
- Finding a trusted vendor: the more satisfied buyers the better the quality.
- Get a look and feel of how the item will fit into your space.
You can already see that chair in your premises, can’t you?
Anyways… preventative measures are not about cleaning only.
You should also:
- Protect furniture from humidity: balance your salon’s humidity with dehumidifiers.
- Spills: use a stain guard on high traffic furniture.
- Cushions and pillows: proper fluffing should be done regularly.
- Furniture Surface care: vacuum dirt and particles weekly.
- Drawers: stuck drawers or ones that don’t slide easily should be waxed or repaired.
- Stick to the same type of polish: polish formulas are different, mixing may exasperate damage.
- Keep away from heat and direct sunlight: heat can cause white spots and discoloration.
Everything you own has an expiry date on it, the same is true with salon furniture. Question is, do I need third party protection plans?
Furniture protection plans are often sold on the premise that pets and kids exist in close proximity to your furniture. There is also the fact that furniture is expensive. Consequently, the whole idea is to get you back to where you were before little Timmy discovered that sharp objects damage upholstery.
In theory, this is a very attractive offer especially to business owners large and small, but… it comes at a price, that is, monthly, yearly, weekly, or bi-weekly premiums. I know the prices are not astronomical, but its still money out of your pocket, thus you need a good reason to spend it especially with what is going on in the world this year.
What do furniture protections cover?
Normally, furniture care protection covers charge a percentage of the sets you purchase. That means the more items you cover, the higher the premiums will get. Problem is, Australian insurance data shows that the majority of business owners never use their covers.
Meaning, you are just pouring money into someone’s pocket.
You might think that warranties and guarantees are there to protect you, but in reality, they are there to protect both you and the vendor. Furthermore, you might see these protections in bold letters on boxes, but if you take a closer look at some warranty and guarantee exceptions and exclusions, you’ll realise that some promises are essentially meaningless.
This brings us back to the question, what should I get, a warranty, guarantee, or furniture care cover?
Guarantee and warranties have advantages, however, small businesses such as salons can do away with furniture insurance covers. Instead, you should go for:
- General liability insurance as defense from any damage your employees, furniture, or injury that occur on your premises.
- Property insurance is best suited for big business i.e. if you own the building and everything in it, get property insurance.
- Professional liability/errors and omissions insurance is different from general liability in that it covers damages stemming from improperly rendered professional services. Suitable for salons with a huge staff.
- Worker’s compensation insurance: employees cover against injury suffered at the workplace.
Do I need all this?
The type of insurance cover you need depends on the size and nature of your business. So, talk to your insurer to find out what works for you. Note, don’t buy insurance on impulse!
- Purchase quality furniture from a trusted vendor, it will last longer and save you more.
- Get the right type of furniture insurance cover for your business.
- Store your furniture away from heat or direct sunlight/directly under windows.
- Clean and polish your furniture regularly.
- Accessories on furniture should be rotated periodically so that they don’t sit on one spot and cause damage.
- Spills should be cleaned immediately using blotting action instead of wiping.
- Water spilled on furniture should be wiped immediately.
- Items with plastic or rubber bases can damage the finish.
- Air conditioning units, radiators, should not be near furniture.
- Dehumidify your salon to prevent moisture build-up.
- Use the right care product when cleaning furniture
Bonus tip: invest in child and or pet ‘distractions’ to keep them away from your valuable items. If you can’t, or if your client base is mostly kids, you should purchase pet / childproof furniture with covers.
How much damage can the average 3-year-old cause?
Let’s just say, plenty! Trust me, I live with one. It all Depends on what he or she has access to and for how long. That’s why experts recommend an open salon plan so that you can keep an eye on everyone at all times. On the other hand, cats and dogs come naturally with sharp objects in their anatomy. These pointy bone things or teeth are used to mark territory and often require dead outer layer removal, thus, that is why pets love to scratch furniture.
- Wood scratching
- Furniture chewing
- Urine and saliva stains and smell
- Toppling or moving
- Pet hair
It is also true that some people are allergic to pet hair, to counter these problems, you should:
- Purchase hair resistant fabric
- Choose quality furniture and buy from a reliable vendor.
A Good protection plan is simply keeping kids and pets away from your salon, but if you can’t, keep an eye on them all times. Remember, a salon is a dangerous place.
To sum up, it is important to ensure that proper furniture care and item care is done.
This will save you money that you can reinvest into your business.
Also, you have to weed out money holes in your business such as unnecessary insurance covers. The idea is, get what you need, and keep your furniture in to notch condition. Long run, this will save you money and put your mind at peace.
What did we leave out, or do you have a money-saving strategy you like to learn more about?
Tell us in the comments!