Mould is a type of fungus that can grow on almost any surface, and thrives in moist environments. Unfortunately, grooming salons and mobile salons are prime locations for mould growth due to the humid and wet conditions, especially in the bathing area and many surfaces that can accumulate moisture, such as grooming tables, tubs, and floors. The presence of mould in a grooming salon can pose significant health risks for both pets and groomers. Exposure to mould can cause a variety of health problems, particularly in people with allergies, asthma, or weakened immune systems.
Health Risks of Mould Exposure
Mould exposure can cause a range of health problems, from mild to severe. In dogs, mould exposure can cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, and allergies. In humans, According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Mould, exposure to mould can cause respiratory issues such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath, as well as allergic reactions such as sneezing, runny nose, and red eyes. In some cases, exposure to mould can also lead to skin irritation and fever.
For dog groomers and pet owners, it's important to be aware of these potential health risks and take steps to prevent mould growth in the grooming salon."Long-term exposure to mould can even lead to more serious health problems, such as lung disease.
Preventing Mould Growth in Grooming Salons
Prevention is key when it comes to mould growth in grooming salons. Here are some preventative measures that can be taken:
Proper ventilation: Ensure that the salon has proper ventilation to reduce humidity levels. This can be achieved through the use of air conditioning, fans, windows, extractors and dehumidifiers.
Regular cleaning and disinfecting: It's important to regularly clean and disinfect all surfaces in the salon, including grooming tables, tubs, and floors. This can be done using a solution of water and bleach, white vinegar diluted or other disinfectants. Exercise caution when using bleach, as it can produce dangerous fumes when combined with other cleaning products. When cleaning mould, it is recommended to use an N95/P2 face mask or a mask with a higher rating, as these masks are designed to filter out small particles, including mould spores, from the air you breathe. Surgical or fabric masks should not be used as they do not provide sufficient protection against spores and bacteria. It is important to choose a mask that fits well and provides a tight seal around your nose and mouth to prevent inhalation of mould spores. Additionally, it is recommended to wear gloves and eye protection when cleaning mould to avoid skin and eye irritation. Wash fabric items including the clothes you are wearing after cleaning and any stuffed toys, dog beds, towels etc in a hot washing machine cycle.
Address leaks and water damage promptly: Check for any leaks or water damage in the salon and address them promptly to prevent the growth of mould.
Use anti-mould products: There are many anti-mould products available that can be used to prevent the growth of mould in grooming salons check that any products used are safe for dogs and ensure good ventilation after use. Strongly suggested that any use of products is done outside of work hours where there will are no pets in your work area.
Cleaning and Maintenance of Grooming Salons
Regular cleaning and maintenance of grooming salons is essential for preventing mould growth. Here are some tips for keeping your grooming salon clean and mould-free:
Use a HEPA filter vacuum: A HEPA filter vacuum can help to remove mould spores from the air, reducing the risk of exposure.
Use a dehumidifier: A dehumidifier can help to reduce humidity levels in the salon, preventing the growth of mould.
Make sure your air conditioners are regularly cleaned and serviced and use the ‘dry’ setting on your air conditioner, which reduces moisture in the air
Wash and disinfect all surfaces: All surfaces in the salon, including grooming tables, tubs, and floors, should be washed and disinfected regularly using a solution of water and bleach, white vinegar diluted or other disinfectants.
Check for signs of mould growth: Regularly check for signs of mould growth, such as discoloured or musty-smelling surfaces, and address any issues promptly. You can perform a simple mould test by dipping a swab in a mixture of diluted bleach and water and dabbing it on the wall. If the spot fades rapidly or keeps reappearing after cleaning, it may indicate the presence of mould.
In conclusion, mould is a serious issue in grooming salons that can pose significant health risks for both pets and groomers. By taking preventative measures and maintaining a clean and hygienic salon, pet groomers can provide a safe and healthy environment for their special 4-legged clients and themselves. We hope this blog has equipped you with valuable information on preventing mould growth in your grooming salon. Stay safe and healthy, from the team at Groomer Nation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Mould. (2021, September 1). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/mold/default.htm
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (2017, March 9). A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home. Retrieved from https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-10/documents/moldguide12.pdf
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. (2019, October 16). Mould. Retrieved from https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/mold/index.cfm