I thought I had a basic grasp on the pedicure cleaning guidelines in California and across the nation. But I was really surprised by a notice we received from the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. They said that just because a salon is using those disposable plastic liners that fit into foot spas or basins, they still have to perform the comprehensive cleaning and disinfecting procedures required after each patron.
“Footspas and basins must be properly cleaned and disinfected regardless of whether a liner is used,” says Kristy Underwood, executive officer of the California Board. “If inspected, these salons would be cited if it was determined that the proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures were not being followed.
According to the Board, the top concern about using foot spa liners instead of performing the set cleaning procedures is there’s no way of knowing whether a new liner is actually used after each client. The entry required in a log after every cleaning helps inspectors and consumers know each time a foot spa or basin was cleaned.
Says Underwood, “The Board recognizes its regulations are strict, but reminds licensees that the subject of consumer safety is a complex issue that shouldn’t be taken lightly.”
For further information, visit the Board’s website or check with the state board where you live (You can find contact information on NAILS’ website).