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FAQ

CERTIFICATION FAQS

BARBICIDE® has partnered with Merit to allow beauty professionals to quickly and efficiently search for and share their BARBICIDE® certifications.

For BARBICIDE®/Merit Certificate FAQs please visit this link: Certificate FAQ Page

BARBICIDE® and COVID-19 Certificate FAQs Can Be Found HERE:

BARBICIDE® has partnered with Merit to allow beauty professionals to quickly and efficiently search for and share their BARBICIDE® certifications.

Click here for the BARBICIDE®/Merit Certificate FAQ Page

I have just passed the BARBICIDE® or COVID-19 Certification, but can't access my certificate. Where can I find it?

If you’ve recently earned your BARBICIDE® or COVID-19 certification, you should have received an email from Merit notifying you that your digital certificates (known as “merits”) are available. Click the ‘Accept’ button in the email to create your profile and accept your merit.

How do I print my BARBICIDE® or COVID-19 certificate from my Merit profile?

Once you’ve accepted your digital BARBICIDE® merit. Login to Merit, click on your BARBICIDE® merit and select Digital Certificate on the left-hand side of the popup window. Your certificate will appear as a tile within the popup. Click on the tile to enlarge and select Download in the bottom right hand corner. Your certificate will download to your computer as an image file which you can print.

Is the BARBICIDE® Certification available in other languages?

Unfortunately, not yet. We are currently working to have alternative language options when taking our certification program.

Can I buy direct from BARBICIDE®?

We do not sell direct, only through distribution. Please check with your local beauty supply store for our products or click here to view our list of distributors on our “Where to Buy” page.

Does BARBICIDE® kill COVID-19?

BARBICIDE® Concentrate is a registered product on the EPA’s N List and all products on this list meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

Can I make my own BARBICIDE® Wipes?

Yes, if you have BARBICIDE® Concentrate and heavy duty paper towels you can make your own wipes. Use the proper mixing ratio of 2 oz (1/4 cup) concentrate into 32 oz (4 cups) of cold water to soak your paper towels. Remember, the contact time will be 10 minutes because you are using BARBICIDE® Concentrate.

How long is BARBICIDE® effective for in spray bottle?

It can be used until gone! There is no expiration date for BARBICIDE® and because it is in a closed container where nothing is being immersed (reducing risk of contamination), it does not need to be changed. 

How do I mix BARBICIDE® correctly?

BARBICIDE® concentrate is mixed correctly by adding 2 oz (1/4 cup) concentrate to 32 oz (4 cups) of cold water. BARBICIDE® TB concentrate is mixed correctly by adding 1 oz (2 tbsp) of concentrate to 128 oz (1 gallon) of cold water. Note: BARBICIDE® TB should only be used in states where it is required.

How do I safely dispose of BARBICIDE®?

Diluted BARBICIDE® is suitable for sink or drain disposal in accordance with all local and federal environmental regulations. Please contact your local municipality for further clarification.

My state requires the use of a Tuberculocidal disinfectant; which BARBICIDE® product should I use?

BARBICIDE® TB should only be used in states requiring a Tuberculocidal disinfectant. It is important to make sure this is a requirement of your state before selecting the BARBICIDE® TB product (otherwise BARBICIDE® should be used). For specific questions, please contact us at csr@bluecobrands.com.

What does contact time mean?

Contact time refers to the length of time an implement or surface must stay moist with disinfectant to be effective against pathogens (bacteria, virus, fungus) listed on the label. For BARBICIDE® and BARBICIDE® TB, the contact time is 10 minutes of moist contact to be effective. For BARBICIDE® wipes, the contact time is 2 minutes (3 minutes for effectiveness against tuberculosis).

What is the difference between BARBICIDE® Plus and BARBICIDE® TB?

BARBICIDE® Plus was our original tuberculocidal disinfectant and has now been replaced by BARBICIDE TB®.

Tuberculocidal disinfectant products should only be used in states where they are required by board rules. It is important to make sure this is a requirement of your state before selecting the BARBICIDE® TB product (otherwise BARBICIDE® should be used). Visit your state board website for more information.

My BARBICIDE® TB is cloudy; have I done something wrong?

If you have mixed your BARBICIDE® TB concentrate correctly (see question #1), and it has been changed daily, the cloudiness is normal. This cloudy appearance is normal for BARBICIDE® TB in certain types of water.

Can Clippercide® be used to clean and disinfect?

Yes. Clippercide® is a 5-in-1 product that you can use on your clippers to:

  • Cool blades
  • Clean
  • Disinfect
  • Lubricate
  • Control rust

How often should I change the BARBICIDE® solution in the jar?

BARBICIDE® must be changed daily in all containers used to submerge combs, brushes, shears, implements—that is all tubs, glass or plastic jars. It should also be changed whenever contaminated or diluted incorrectly.

Does BARBICIDE® expire?

No, BARBICIDE® does not have an expiration date.

Can I use BARBICIDE® Spray on my clippers?

Yes, BARBICIDE® in a spray bottle can be used for your shears. Like any disinfectant used on metals, spray until thoroughly wet, allow to sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with clean water and dry completely with a paper or freshly washed towel. Never put metals away wet or allow them to sit in liquid longer than necessary.

Does BARBICIDE® kill lice?

Lice are parasites and are best killed by “drowning”, high heat or removal from crucial food source (humans). For soft items that cannot be laundered – bag and tie tightly – leave for 48 hours undisturbed before using. For soft items that can be laundered – wash on hot and then dry until hot to the touch. For implements and tools – immersion in disinfectant as required by most states, will drown them.

Can I use BARBICIDE® to disinfect my chairs?

Remember that porous materials cannot be disinfected and ongoing use of disinfectants on materials covering chairs, can damage the material. Feel free to disinfect your chairs, but limit that to once daily – consider barrier methods on chairs such as disposable paper drapes or towels that can be laundered after each client

Can I use Ship-Shape® Spray on my mirrors and glass?

Ship-Shape® can be used to clean virtually all hard surfaces—it is your stainless steel, glass, countertop, mirror, chair, appliance and general surface cleaner all in one product! When using to clean glass or mirrors it is important to wipe in a circular motion for the best result. When using to remove hair spray from appliances, please use only on fully cool flat irons, curling irons, etc.

Is Ship-Shape® Powder the same product as Ship-Shape® Spray?

No. Ship-Shape® Powder is intended to clean combs and brushes prior to disinfecting them in the BARBICIDE® solution. It does not dissolve hair, but allows all of the brush surfaces to be cleaned effectively. Ship-Shape® Spray is intended for general cleaning and removal of hair spray and hair product residue from appliances, chairs, etc.

Will BARBICIDE® harm my plastic combs/brushes or fine metal shears?

BARBICIDE® will not harm your plastics or metals; however, it is not recommended that you leave items soaking for long periods of time. If you are using BARBICIDE® TB, you should only leave your items in the solution for the required 10 minutes and then remove promptly, as BARBICIDE® TB can damage plastics after prolonged contact.

What is the difference between “sanitize”, “clean”, “disinfect”, “sterilize” and “hygiene”? They all get used together, and I am confused.

“Sanitize”, “clean” and “hygiene” all refer to the broad category that means you have done something to remove visible debris. Examples of this would be wiping down a counter, holding something under running water, using soap and water on an item or using a cleaning solution like Ship-Shape®. Disinfecting is the killing of most microbial life that can lead to infection in humans—such as Influenza, Staphylococcus, HIV/AIDS, Herpes, Salmonella and Hepatitis. This step is done following cleaning and requires the use of a disinfectant such as BARBICIDE®BARBICIDE® TB or BARBICIDE® Wipes. Sterilization is the killing of all microbial life and requires an autoclave and is mainly used in healthcare.

Can BARBICIDE® be used on my kitchen countertops/appliances?

BARBICIDE® is not a food safe product and food should never be placed directly on a surface that was previously disinfected with BARBICIDE®.