25 May Keeping Your Float Tanks Clean
Since our mantra is “promote the float,” we hope that your new float centre is coming along and you’re feeling fulfilled. You’ve already got this far, and you should be proud of yourself. The next step is to ensure your customers are receiving the best experience possible. One of your duties is making sure that your tanks are in tip-top working order, starting with their sanitation.
It’s no easy feat to keep a sensory deprivation tank clean. It takes a lot of time and patience and you’ll have to follow a strict routine with the following steps included.
Be Diligent With Your Readings
Try to take your readings at the same times for the most accurate results and to make sure you fix any issues without leaving them for too long. Take the time every day to measure salt-to-water ratio (specific gravity), disinfectant (H2O2, ozone etc.) and water temperature, as these can fluctuate most. Two times a week, measure pH and alkalinity, again making sure you’re maintaining a regular schedule with your checks. If any levels are off, take the proper steps to fix them ASAP.
Minimize The Ability Of Floaters Bringing In Outside Contaminants
Try to stress the importance of showering pre-float to each guest that books in at your float centre. By providing the necessary shower equipment to your guests before they enter their float tank, you’ll make them feel comfortable pre-float and further encourage them to shower, minimizing the number of contaminants they bring in to your tank. Provide shower stalls in each room, towels, robes, even flip-flops or slippers. Discourage use of bathing suits as well, since they carry loads of bacteria.
Choose The Correct Disinfectant For Your Tanks And Monitor It Closely
As stated in step 1, check your disinfectant levels on a daily basis, since this is your first defence against bacteria growth in your tanks. Which are you using? From our research, you should avoid chlorine/bromine. There hasn’t been much in the way of research around their safety when used in enclosed spaces and mixing them with magnesium sulphate. There are three main options for disinfectant you should consider:
- H2O2 — Though H2O2 is used by many float centres, it isn’t an accepted method of disinfectant for pools and spas. There hasn’t been much research on the effects of H2O2 in pools since it’s incredibly expensive and not a viable option for larger quantities of water. It’s also tricky to store since the quality of it can easily degrade if not kept in the proper conditions.
- Ozone — This option is both more commonly used and more widely recognized as a legitimate disinfectant in pools by health organizations than H2O2. Ozone only works when water is passed through an ozonator, meaning unless this apparatus is running, there is no residual disinfectant remaining in the water. However, float tanks only allow one guest at a time so you’ll be able to disinfect your tank after each use. Pools and spas are trickier since they’ll have multiple swimmers at a time, spread throughout the day.
- UV — Typically chosen as a secondary disinfection method, UV encourages the removal of chloramines (dangerous by-products of chlorine that may saturate the water and air in your tanks) from chlorinated water. It’s run using a pump that’s similar to an ozonator and works well alongside H2O2 and ozone.
Remember, your tanks will only be as clean as you make them. Regular level checking and maintenance will ensure all your customers have the best experience and will help your investments stay operational, longer.
Need some more tips on cleaning your tanks or opening a float centre? Pro Float Inc. is here to help! Contact us today to learn more.