We have always taken our sanitation process seriously, but we have ramped up efforts since the introduction of COVID-19. All hard surfaces that our floaters come in contact with are wiped with an EPA approved disinfectant. In addition to our normal processes, we will be sanitizing the entire inside of the float tank, shower and bench with a hydrogen peroxide solution.
As far as the float solution, the CDC issued this statement: “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection of pools and hot tubs (which is how float tanks are categorized by the State of Florida) should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.”
In between each floater, the tank circulates the solution through the filter for enough time to complete five cycles, meeting the strictest of health code standards across the U.S. Plus, with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt, the solution has a similar mineral content to that of the Dead Sea, in which nothing can grow.
Ozone (O₃) and UV light are built into the filtration system and are the primary sanitizers. A couple ounces of a high-percentage hydrogen peroxide (H₂O₂) is the only other addition. Ozone has one oxygen molecule more than air, and hydrogen peroxide has one oxygen molecule more than water. As ozone and hydrogen peroxide pass through the UV light, the extra oxygen molecules are removed, creating hydroxyl radicals which act like magnets, attracting any particles in the solution that are too small for the filter until they become large enough to be removed.
This process, which is recommended by the Center For Disease Control (CDC) and the Float Tank Association (FTA), physically removes any contaminants from the solution. Air and water are the only byproducts, making this much safer for floaters than the alternative option of bromine. While bromine will kill anything in the solution, it does not help remove it. Bromine also burns off into a gas that will hang within four inches of the surface and is toxic to breathe, especially in a closed tank.
In addition to cleaning all touched surfaces between floaters and sanitizing daily, we close half of Monday for our deep clean to scrub the entire room including the inside and outside of the tanks. We also use this time to top off with water and add Epsom salt.
- We are staggering float times the best we can to limit interaction and appreciate your patience when we can’t.
- Our staff will have masks on hand. If you prefer we wear one, just ask and we’ll happily put it on! We will have masks available for you if needed.
- If you feel sick or have been exposed to anyone in the past 14 days who has been sick, please stay home. In these cases, we are waiving our cancelation fee. If you receive an email saying that you have floats expiring, we are extending expirations so please do not stress.
- Please be patient and move through the space mindfully, limiting what you touch and keeping a socially safe distance (at least six feet) from our staff and any other floaters you may encounter.
- Sanitizer will be available at the front desk and tea bar. Please sanitize your hands upon entering our reception area. Our staff will be washing their hands and sanitizing touch points often.
- We ask that you please complete your waiver (for first time floaters) and put a credit card on file prior to your float so that we can provide touch free check-in and check-out.
- Refreshments are limited for the time being. Water is available in disposable cups to fill at our touchless water filling station. Tea, kombucha and coffee beverages are available.