Here are some of the questions we get asked most often and their answers. Click on the question below to view the answer.
▼ How long does pre-mixed or pre-diluted shampoo last?
A common time-saving practice in grooming is pre-mixing or pre-diluting your shampoos. This means taking a concentrated shampoo, conditioner, or product and adding water to it in a graduated mixing bottle to dilute it. When you dilute shampoo (or any product) with water from your tap, water has bacteria in it that can make pre-diluted shampoo or conditioner spoil over time if left too long. A general rule is to use pre-diluted shampoo within 24 hours. However, it is always recommended to discard any pre-diluted shampoos at the end of the day, clean the mixing bottles, and leave them upside down to completely dry. It’s just not worth the risk.
▼ What is the shelf life of most grooming shampoos?
The shelf life of most grooming shampoos will depend on the specific brand and formulation of the shampoo, as well as the storage conditions. Generally speaking, most grooming shampoos will have a shelf life of around 2-3 years if they are stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
However, it is important to always check the label or manufacturer's instructions for specific information on the shelf life of a particular grooming shampoo. If a shampoo has passed its expiration date, it may not be as effective and could even cause harm to the pet's skin and coat. Therefore, it is important to use grooming shampoos before their expiration date and to properly store them to prolong their shelf life.
▼ Which types of pet shampoos should every groomer have on hand?
There are several types of pet shampoos that are designed for specific purposes, such as:
Hypoallergenic shampoo - this type of shampoo is ideal for pets with sensitive skin or allergies.
Flea and tick shampoo - this shampoo is designed to kill and repel fleas and ticks on pets.
Medicated shampoo - this type of shampoo is used to treat various skin conditions such as dermatitis, fungal infections, and bacterial infections.
Moisturizing shampoo - this type of shampoo is used to restore moisture to dry, brittle hair.
Deodorizing shampoo - this type of shampoo is used to eliminate odors on pets, such as those caused by urine, feces, or sweat.
Whitening shampoo - this shampoo is used to brighten white or light-colored pets and remove stains.
It's important to note that different pets may require different types of shampoos based on their individual needs, so it's a good idea to have a variety of shampoos on hand. Additionally, some groomers may prefer to use all-natural or organic shampoos, so it's important to consider the preferences of your clients when selecting pet shampoos.
▼ Can I charge different rates for different shampoo services? How would I upsell the service?
Yes, as a pet groomer, you can charge different rates for different shampoo services. Different shampoos may have different levels of quality, effectiveness, or ingredients, which can justify a higher price point.
To upsell the service, you can highlight the benefits of the higher-end shampoos to your clients. For example, you could explain how a premium oatmeal-based shampoo can soothe and moisturize their pet's skin, or how a hypoallergenic shampoo can help prevent allergic reactions. You could also emphasize the long-term savings of using a higher-end shampoo, as it may result in fewer visits to the groomer or vet for skin or coat issues.
Another way to upsell shampoo services is by creating package deals or offering bundled services. For example, you could offer a discounted rate for a shampoo and conditioning treatment, or a "spa day" package that includes a luxurious shampoo, conditioning treatment, nail trim, and brush-out. By packaging your services, you can incentivize clients to upgrade their service and try out different shampoos.