How to Clean a Tanning Bed

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Are you wondering how to keep your tanning bed clean and well-maintained? As an expert in beauty and tanning with over 10 years of experience, I can tell you that cleaning your tanning bed is essential for hygiene, safety, performance, and longevity.

In this article, I’ll show you how to clean your tanning bed step by step, what tools and products you need, how often to maintain it, and much more. So, let’s get started!

What You Need to Clean a Tanning Bed

Before we dive into the cleaning process, let’s talk about what tools and products you’ll need to get the job done right. Here are the essential items you’ll need:

  • Gloves: to protect your hands from chemicals and dirt.
  • Towels: to wipe and dry the surfaces of the tanning bed.
  • Spray bottles: to apply disinfectant, cleaner, and polish.
  • Disinfectant: to kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi on the tanning bed.
  • Cleaner: to remove dirt, sweat, and oils from the tanning bed.
  • Polish: to restore the shine and smoothness of the tanning bed.

When choosing these items, make sure to read the labels and instructions carefully. Ideally use products that are specifically designed for tanning beds. What not to use to clean a tanning bed – avoid any products that contain bleach, ammonia, alcohol, or abrasive materials. Some brands that I recommend are Norvell, Sunless Inc, and Tanning Essentials.

How to Clean a Tanning Bed Step by Step

Now that you have everything you need, let’s start cleaning your tanning bed. Follow these simple steps:

  • Unplug the tanning bed and let it cool down for at least an hour if it was recently used.
  • Put on your gloves to protect your hands from the chemicals.
  • Spray the disinfectant on the acrylic surface, reflectors, lamps, and fans. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow it to work.
  • Use a towel to wipe off the disinfectant, removing any dirt or debris. Make sure to clean the corners, edges, and crevices of the tanning bed.
  • Spray the cleaner on the acrylic surface, reflectors, and lamps. Use a clean towel to spread the cleaner evenly across the surface, removing any sweat or oils.
  • Use another clean towel to wipe off the cleaner, making sure to leave no streaks or residue.
  • Apply the polish on the acrylic surface, spreading it evenly with a clean towel. Let it dry for a few minutes, then buff it off with another clean towel.
  • Inspect the tanning bed for any damages or wear and tear. Then if required replace any bulbs, starters, or filters that are not functioning properly.
  • Plug the tanning bed back in and let it heat up before using it again.

How to Maintain a Tanning Bed

To keep your tanning bed in tip-top shape, you need to maintain it regularly. Here are some tips:

  • Clean your tanning bed at least 1 a week to prevent the buildup of sweat and oils.
  • Deep clean your tanning bed once a month to remove any stubborn stains or odors.
  • Check the bulbs, starters, and filters every month and replace them if necessary.
  • Keep the tanning bed away from moisture, heat, and direct sunlight.


Keeping your tanning bed clean and well-maintained is crucial for health, safety, and enjoyment.

By following these simple steps and tips, you can ensure that your tanning bed stays in top shape for years to come. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.

Important Frequently Asked Questions

What’s The Best Thing to Clean a Tanning Bed With?

The best thing to clean a tanning bed with is a combination of disinfectant, cleaner, and polish specifically designed for tanning beds. Avoid using bleach, ammonia, alcohol, or abrasive materials.

How Do You Wipe a Tanning Bed?

To wipe a tanning bed, use a clean and soft towel, preferably made of microfiber or cotton. Avoid using paper towels or rough fabrics that can scratch the surface of the tanning bed.

Should The Underside of a Sunbed Acrylic Shield Be Cleaned Every Time?

No, you don’t need to clean the underside of a sunbed acrylic shield every time. However, you should check it regularly for any damages or cracks that can affect the performance and safety of the tanning bed.

How Do I Stop My Tanning Bed from Smelling?

To stop your tanning bed from smelling, you can use an odor eliminator spray or add a few drops of essential oils to the cleaner or polish. Also, make sure to clean your tanning bed regularly and let it dry completely before using it again.

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