Spray Tan Machine & Spray Applicator Cleaning

Keeping Your Spray Tanning Machine Clean

This page includes tips and formulas for maintaining your spray tanning machine through some basic cleaning methods.


All spray tan solutions, even those that are aloe vera- or alcohol-based are predominantly water. Because of this, heavy cleaners are not needed to keep an airbrush or spray gun clean and in workable condition, but a cleaning agent does need to be used on a regular basis. The basic spray gun cleaning tip is to flush cool water through your spray gun after each use and after prolonged periods of disuse. Allow your spray gun to fully air dry before storing. Be sure to wipe down the threading your spray gun and cup to prevent any solution build-up. Use a damp warm wash cloth to wipe off any solution over-spray from your spray tanning machine. Depending on frequency of use we recommend cleaning your machines air filter once every 2 weeks. To do this, simply remove the filter from your machine and rinse with water until the water runs clear. Allow your filter to fully air dry before putting back into your machine.

In a salon or tanning service setting, we highly recommend keeping an extra solution bottle containing cleaner handy for flushing purposes and to make a habit of cleaning your airbrush or spray gun at the beginning and end of the day.


If you prefer to make your own cleaner, cheap, commonly available ingredients such as windex and water can be combined into an acceptable mixture. These "home made" cleaning formulas can be stored in an ordinary 2 liter (rinsed out) bottle.