Pedicures are used to keep feet and toenails healthy. During this process a device called pedicure tubs is used. The clients use the pedicure tubs to soak their feet. In salons, these pedicure tubs need to be properly cleaned and disinfected after each client. If this is not done, bacteria and disease can spread from one client to the next.
How often do you need to clean the pedicure tubs – specifically whirlpool filter?
Best practice is to remove it and clean it daily. The filter is inside the tub under the round perforated cover. This screen captures large particles so they do not enter the whirlpool system.
What is the best way to sanitize after each use of pedicure tubs?
Please consult your state regulations. However, we suggest adding a hospital grade sanitizer to the water after each pedicure. Run the whirlpool system for a few minutes. Let the sanitizer do its job. Drain and rinse the pedicure tub. If your are unsure of the level of sanitation, repeat this process
Protecting the client – disinfecting pedicure tubs
1. Check the condition of the client’s feet and legs: If open sores or skin wounds are present (including insect bites, scratches, scabbed-over wounds, or any condition that weakens the skin barrier), explain to the client why they should not use the foot bath.
2. Complete pedicure or wax after the foot bath soak: Any procedure that risks damage to a client’s skin should not be done before soaking feet in the foot spa basin.
Step by step instructions for disinfecting pedicure chairs’ foot spa equipment
After Each Client: ( any time after the client’s feet are out of the footbath. When feet are massaged, toes are painted, or other opportunities)
1. Drain the water from the foot spa basin or bowl and remove any visible debris.
2. Clean the surfaces of the foot spa with soap or detergent, rinse with clean water, and drain.
3. After cleaning, disinfect* the surfaces with an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant according to the manufacturer’s directions on the label. Surfaces must remain wet with the disinfectant for 10 minutes or the time stated on the label.
* For whirlpool foot spas, air-jet basins, “pipe-less” foot spas, and other circulating spas:
It is best to disinfect by filling the basin with clean water, adding the appropriate amount of liquid disinfectant, and turning the unit on to circulate the disinfectant for the entire contact time.
4. After disinfection, drain and rinse with clean water.
- For whirlpool foot spas, air-jet basins, “pipe-less” foot spas, and other circulating spas:
1. Remove the filter screen, inlet jets, and all other removable parts from the basin. Clean out any debris trapped behind or in them.
2. Use a brush, scrub these parts with soap or disinfectant (following cleaning directions).
3. Rinse the removed parts with clean water and place them back into the basin apparatus.
4. Fill the basin with clean water and add an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant, following label directions. Turn the unit on andcirculate the system with the liquid for 10 minutes, or the label-indicated time if different. (The whirlpool mechanism of the pedicure tubs must be operating for the entire disinfection period so the piping and internal components that contain hidden bacteria are disinfected.)
5. After disinfection, drain, rinse, and air dry.
- For simple basins (no circulation):
1. Drain the basin and remove any visible debris.
2. Scrub the bowl with a clean brush and soap or disinfectant (following cleaning directions). Rinse and drain.
3. Disinfect basin surfaces with and EPA-registered hospital disinfectant, following manufacturer’s instructions. Surfaces must remain wet with the disinfectant for 10 minutes or the contact time stated on the label.
4. Drain the basin, rinse with clean water, and let air-dry.