Healthy Air, Happy Clients: Why PCO Air Purifiers are Essential for Nail Salons

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If you have visited a nail salon, you have likely noticed the smell of chemicals in the air. If they have good air filters or purifiers, the odour may be subtle, if not, it could be overwhelming

For nail salons, where various chemicals and procedures are part of daily operations, ensuring a healthy environment is not only a regulatory requirement but also a crucial factor in maintaining customer trust and employee well-being. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is by installing air purifiers equipped with Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO) cells. These advanced air purification systems can dramatically reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other harmful particles, creating a safer and more pleasant atmosphere. T

Nail salons use a number of chemicals, many of which emit VOCs. VOCs are organic chemicals that easily vaporize at room temperature and can be harmful when inhaled. Common sources of VOCs in nail salons include:

  1. Nail Polishes and Removers: These products contain solvents like acetone, ethyl acetate, and toluene, which can evaporate into the air.
  2. Adhesives and Glues: Used for nail extensions and artificial nails, these often contain formaldehyde and other toxic compounds.
  3. Disinfectants and Cleaning Agents: These are important for maintaining hygiene, but many contain strong chemicals that release VOCs.

Prolonged exposure to these VOCs can lead to a range of health issues such as headaches, dizziness, respiratory problems, skin irritation, and in severe cases, long-term effects like liver and kidney damage or even cancer.

Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO) technology is an advanced air purification method that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to activate a catalyst, typically titanium dioxide, to produce hydroxyl radicals. These radicals are highly reactive and can break down VOCs and other pollutants into harmless substances like water and carbon dioxide. Here’s why PCO air purifiers are particularly beneficial for nail salons:

  1. Effective VOC Reduction: PCO technology can effectively reduce VOC levels in the air, mitigating the health risks associated with chemical exposure.
  2. Comprehensive Air Cleaning: PCO cells not only target VOCs but also eliminate other harmful particles such as bacteria, viruses, and mold spores, ensuring a comprehensive purification process.
  3. Continuous Operation: Unlike other air purification methods that may require frequent maintenance or replacement of filters, PCO systems can operate continuously, providing consistent air quality improvement.

Implementing PCO air purifiers in nail salons offers numerous benefits that enhance the overall experience for both clients and employees:

  1. Healthier Environment:By significantly reducing the concentration of harmful VOCs and pathogens, PCO air purifiers create a safer and healthier indoor environment. This is especially crucial for employees who spend extended periods in the salon and are at higher risk of exposure.
  2. Enhanced Comfort: Clean air contributes to a more comfortable and pleasant atmosphere, which can enhance the client experience. Clients are more likely to return to a salon where they feel safe and comfortable.
  3. Regulatory Compliance: Many regions have strict regulations regarding indoor air quality in commercial establishments. PCO air purifiers help salons meet these standards, avoiding potential fines and legal issues.
  4. Improved Reputation: A commitment to air quality and the health of clients and employees can enhance a salon’s reputation. It demonstrates a proactive approach to safety and wellness, which can attract more clients and retain skilled employees.


Here is what you need to consider when choosing and integrating a new PCO based air purifier:

  1. Assessment of Air Quality Needs:Conduct an assessment to understand the specific air quality challenges in your salon. This can help determine the number and type of PCO air purifiers required.
  2. Choosing the Right Purifiers: Select PCO air purifiers that are suitable for the size and layout of your salon. Look for units with proven efficacy in reducing VOCs and other pollutants.
  3. Proper Placement: Install the air purifiers in strategic locations to maximize their effectiveness. This may include areas near workstations, waiting areas, and other high-traffic zones.
  4. Regular Maintenance: Although PCO systems require less maintenance than traditional filters, regular checks and servicing are essential to ensure optimal performance.
  5. Employee Training: Educate your staff about the importance of air purification and how to operate and maintain the systems properly.


Cleanworld has a number of models of PCO based air purifiers from leaders in the industry like Greentech Environmental and Airgle. Our knowledgeable Clean Air Experts can help you select the right air purification system based on your specific requirements. Contact us today to make sure your Nail Salon is a healthy environment for both your clients and your staff.

Phil Shames is the Founder and Senior Indoor Air Quality Expert at  Phil can be reached at or by calling 905-667-5624 ext. 101

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