Have you always wondered how clean your pedicure water is? I have personally seen the neighborhood corner nail salons take one client out to put another client right in their place. Did they thoroughly clean that tub or did they swipe at it? Does the nail technician ask you your medical history and/or allergies you may have? Do you know how to find out what your state regulations are regarding pedicure santitation? The answer for these questions are probably not. Let me change that.

In North Carolina, where I am based, pedicure chairs/basins that circulate water must be cleaned with soap and water, rinsed, then circulated with a EPA approved disinfectant(ask to see the original bottle, if you are unsure) for 10 MINUTES and then rinsed again between each client. They must also document each cleaning between clients and at the end of the day, ask for the ledger (but keep in mind, they may not be truthful on that sheet) I have never, ever seen this type of cleaning done in most salons/spas, even higher end salons/spas. Let me assure you, that rule is there for a reason. That is why we hear so much about infections, including fungal infections. As a consumer, you need to educate yourself on what your state mandates for proper disinfection procedures on pedicure chairs. If you cannot locate it by using a web search (search terms like (your state here) disinfection procedures, pedicure basin disinfection etc), never hesitate to ask the nail technician. A nail technician that doesn’t hesitate to answer that question or shows you the process, including the disinfectant bottle, practices what they preach.

Tub systems with liners, such as Belava or Footsie Bath, and waterless pedicures are the way to go for the safest pedicures. Those tub systems have one time, one use liners that are recyclable, water conserving basins and are jetless. I know, I know……….you like the circulating water, but these systems also have vibrating platforms and water temperature conserving settings.These tubs still have to be cleaned with soap and water, then sprayed with disinfectant, as well. Some nail technicians use the waterless pedicure method, which your lower limbs and feet are wrapped in hot towels to soften the skin, instead of soaking.

Would you rather have a safe pedicure or circulating water pedicure that could possibly harm you? The new trend is to put liners in the old, jetted tubs…..Hello! If they aren’t cleaning the tub correctly, that liner is completely useless. What if it tears? How about the possibility of the reuse of them?(again, seen it happen).Educate yourself and demand clean, after all it is your money paying for the service.

Your medical history is extremely important when it comes to a clean pedicure service. As a former medical professional, you can do a great deal of harm to a client without asking medical history questions. You should do a medical questionaire before the service begins, if not, you should at least be asked if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, history of cancer, allergies and/or medications. Please, please, please be HONEST with your nail technician, they are asking for a reason. They are not trying to be nosey, they are trying to find the best way to provide your service, if allowed by your medical history. They may need to adjust the service by omitting steps, changing products due to allergies/conditions or decide if their service is even performable. We are not physicians. We cannot just ‘cut it out or take it off’, we have a scope of practice we must abide by. We like what we do and want to keep our license.

Tools and disposables will need to be addressed in another blog, as it is a lengthy subject. I like to address one things at a time, giving you time to research on your own and make your own decisions. I give you alot of information, which is unhibited and can be jarring.