Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Is your whirlpool pedicure clean?

Ahhhhhhh, a pedicure! Those whirlpool pedicure baths feel great, don't they? The problem is you just don't know how clean they are. Sure the bowl may be cleaned and sanitized, but the pipes within the unit can contain microbes. Nail clippings, skin, and skin care product remnants can remain in the jets of the whirlpool. Bacteria can then grow in the pipes unless they are properly cleaned. That bacteria can cause a nasty infection on your feet or legs if you happen to have any opening in your skin. It could be just a tiny nick from shaving and that bacteria jumps right in!

It recommended by the EPA that the foot spa is cleaned between each client in this way: 
1 .Water is to be drained and debris removed.
2. Foot basin is to be cleaned with soap and water.
3. Foot basin is then to be disinfected with a hospital grade disinfectant and remain wet with the disinfectant for 10 minutes. Whirlpool, air jet and pipe-less spas must be circulating during that time.

This cleaning procedure can be started after your feet are finished soaking and while other parts of your pedicure are taking place. I don't see this happening often in a busy salon! The cleaning process doesn't stop there. 

According to the EPA, each night the whirlpool, air jet and pipe-less foot spas should be cleaned in this way:
1. The filter screens, inlet jets and all other removable parts should be removed and all debris must be clean out from behind and in them.
2. All parts need to scrubbed with brush using soap or disinfectant.
3. Parts are then rinsed and reassembled. 
4. The basin is then filled with water and hospital grade disinfectant and run for 10 minutes.
5. Finally, the whirlpool is rinsed and air dried.

Whew! That's a lot of work. Do you think salons and spas are doing all that each night after a long, busy day?  Some may do it, but how would you know? We love our pedicures. What's a girl to do? Well, watch how your salon or spa cleans their pedicure spa while you are there. They should be following the above procedures. Ask questions about their night time cleaning procedures. Better yet, look for salons and spas that use disposable liners in their foot baths or use non circulating basins that are easily disinfected. You are then guaranteed a fresh clean foot soak every time! 


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