Tanning Beds Can Be a Sweaty Cesspool Compared to the fact that they can kill you, it might seem minor that many tanning beds are full of bacteria and viruses. But tanning salons don't want you to know just what a petri dish of germs their beds really are. Substances reported to be found: Sweat, pee and semen. "It can get pretty gross in those lay-down beds," says Carrillo. "People would leave and there would be pools of sweat on the bed. I always cleaned the beds well, but some girls weren't as diligent. They would use the same cleaning rags [customer after customer]," she says.
While "the cleaner used is supposed to be anti-virus, I actually got a rash once. I thought my back was breaking out really bad but when I asked my doctor, she told me it was a virus that you can contract from a tanning bed [that hasn't been disinfected]," says Carrillo.
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