Friday, May 10, 2013

Clean that Dirty Foot Spa! Whirlpool Foot Bath Cleaning Recommendations

So you love getting a pedicure at the nail salon. It's a great way to relax and get your feet looking beautiful. 

How do I know if the whirlpool pedicure bath is clean?

You don't know unless you watch how the foot spas are cleaned by the pedicurists. 

It's a time consuming process to clean the whirlpool pedicure baths. 

It takes time to properly clean the whirlpool foot bath between clients and even more time at the end of the day.

Most pedicurists will spray and wipe the basin between clients, which is good, but not good enough. Bacteria and fungus thrive in the damp pipes and jets! 

I want to share with you the EPA's whirlpool foot bath cleaning recommendations for salons and spas so you know how these pedicure bath should be cleaned so you will know what questions to ask at the nail salon.

EPA Recommended Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures for Spa Basins in Salons

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. 


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.

Read more from the EPA


You will not know how the foot spas are really cleaned at night. You will have to take the salon's or spa's word for it.

Alternatives to the Whirlpool Foot Baths

There are salons and spas that don't use whirlpool foot baths. You are guaranteed a clean pedicure if you go to a salon or spa that uses foot baths that use disposable liners.

We use these Footsie Baths with disposable liners at Styling Point. They heat and gently vibrate, They may not be as powerful as the whirlpools, but they are way cleaner!!!
footsie bath
Stainless steal soaking bowls are another safe option because they can be quickly cleaned and disinfected between clients.
stainless steal pedicure bowl
 Be sure to ask the salon or spa a few questions about the kind of foot baths they use before you schedule your appointment.

 The reception desk most likely will not know the exact cleaning procedures the salon uses to clean that dirty foot spa.
 Ask for a manager for the cleaning and disinfecting details. If they won't tell you, move along!

See me at the salon for a super clean pedicure!


Have a Healthy Feet Day!

xo
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