Salon Sanitation

California Board Eases Pedi Liner Sanitation Rules

As of July 1, 2015, California nail techs using disposable pedicure liners can skip the 10-minute disinfecting soak of their pedicure basin between clients.

<p>Belava&rsquo;s Marbled Jade Pedicure Tub accommodates the company&rsquo;s sanitary disposable liners.</p>

As of July 1, 2015, California nail techs using disposable pedicure liners can skip the 10-minute disinfecting soak of their pedicure basin between clients. This long-awaited clarification of the rules was one of a number of changes instituted by the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology that affect nail techs’ day-to-day business and safety procedures.

“It’s very exciting to have the new liner legislation in place in California,” says Belava’s Alison Till-Harris. “We often heard complaints from technicians who were given citations during inspections for not completely cleaning and disinfecting the pedicure tub even though they were using a new disposable liner for each customer, creating a barrier between the tub and the pedicure soak.” Under the new legislation, once the pedicure liner has been disposed of, the tub must be scrubbed of visible debris with a brush and liquid soap, then rinsed and wiped with a dry paper towel. In addition the salon must maintain at least five liners per tub. “The most important rule to follow is to keep a current Pedicure Equipment Cleaning Log. We have forms available for download on our website,” says Till-Harris.

<p>This spa chair from Contego Spa uses air jets that flow through plastic piping within a disposable tub liner that attaches directly to the pedicure tub.</p>

“It’s very important to understand that only approved liners can be used — a trash bag is not considered appropriate, as it can tear very easily,” notes safety and compliance expert Monika Herzog Butler, founder of Salon Inspector, LLC ( “Only liners specifically manufactured for disposable systems are permitted for use and the salon must stock enough liners to ensure a new liner can be used for each client. In addition, the regulations specify that pedicure tubs must be stored in a clean and covered place. I recommended to my clients to free up space inside a cabinet — just covering the tubs might not be considered sufficient by an inspector.”

To see a detailed explanation of the California Board’s revised health and safety regulations, including several minor modifications to standard disinfection procedures, go to

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