Do you like to get manicures and pedicures but are very skeptical about where to go? Are you really cautious about catching possible diseases from other folks, and want to be absolutely sure that your nail salon takes extreme care to be germ-free and clean? Keep reading on how to be sure of a salon’s sanitation.
Check the general area. When going into a nail salon for the first time, look around and take notice of how immaculately clean the space is. If corners, bathrooms, and storage areas are organized and clean, this is a good sign.
Look at the tools used. Are the nail implements washed properly after each use? This includes changing towels after every client. Metal implements must be sterilized in a surgical autoclave and wood sticks and files must be thrown out after every single client.
Check for disinfecting capacity. After every nail implement is washed, is it put in a disinfectant solution? Barbicide and likewise chemicals are efficient for sterilizing tools and pedicure rubs.
Be aware of your nail tech’s sanitation habits. Does she or he wash their hands with antibacterial soap, or use a hand sanitizer like Purell? Sanitizing both her hands and yours before a manicure can diminish the number of bacteria on your skin that can later be infectious.
After cleaning implements with a disinfectant solution, does she dry them with a clean towel?
What other types of sterilizers do the nail salon use? Does it use steam autoclaves, UV light, or soaking solutions?
Are the foot baths or nail tables sanitized after every session? In between each client, pedicure tubs should undergo a 15-minute sterilizing cycle in which they are filled with sanitizer or other eco-green chemicals and the jets are cut on. If you are seated in a pedicure chair immediately after another client, without the tub being sanitized, you should leave ASAP.