sanitizing hairbrushes . . .

N10 limbic_lesion at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 30 18:22:35 EST 2004

"Tock" <tock at sbcglobal.net> wrote in message 
news:va5rd.35009$bP2.24260 at newssvr12.news.prodigy.com...
> Hello,
> Anyone have any idea where I can find information about sanitizing 
> hairbrushes like the ones they use in barbershops to dust off the hair 
> after a haircut?
> I'm about to open up a barbershop, and I have information on sanitizing 
> other things, like towels and combs and clippers, but I've discovered that 
> the usual hair dusters like these 
> http://www.bestclippers.com/mastupnedu53.html  fall apart pretty quick in 
> autoclaves and after getting wet with quats.
>  I presume the best way to sanitze these things would be to use a 
> paraformaldehyde product like this 
> http://www.sterifab.com/steridri.html which has about 1/2 ounce of 
> paraformaldehyde which slowly decomposes into formaldehyde gas and zaps 
> unfriendly bugs . . .
>  What I'd like to find is information about how much formaldehyde gas is 
> generated from a 1/2 ounce of paraformaldehyde, and how much time it would 
> take this much gas to effectively sanitize three dozen brushes in an 
> airtight box.   I wrote to the sterifab people, and all they can tell me 
> is that it would take 24 hours, but they can't cite any studies or explain 
> why. The state barber and cosmetology people haven't a clue, either, which 
> is surprising, because they're supposed to regulate this stuff to make 
> sure haircutters are conducting their business in a safe and sanitary 
> manner.
> Anyway, I'd greatly appreciate it if anyone can point me to information 
> that can tell me about sanitizing hairbrushes with paraformaldehyde . . .
> Thanks,
> -tock

You might try formulations based on  70 % Industrial Propyl Alcohol.

Best N10

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