5 Steps to a Safe Pedicure

Easy, expert tips to keep your feet healthy-and sexy.
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PedicureMake sure your footbath has been disinfected. When you’re at a restaurant, you notice if your plate or glass is dirty. Pay attention in the same way when you visit your salon or spa. Footbaths should be cleaned between each customer, with enough time for the disinfectant to work. (Due to their filtration system, footbaths can hold onto bacteria, and then pass it into the water.)

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Feel free to ask an employee how the footbaths are cleaned, and more importantly, how often. You should pay the same attention to your pedicure tools. The These tiny instruments can harbor tons of bacteria, and should be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Your best bet for the cleanest tub and pedicure tools? Schedule your appointment first thing in the morning, this way the disinfectants have had time to work. (Some experts also suggest bringing your own pedicure tools and, possibly, even a footbath liner.)

Make sure your pedicurist has clean hands. If your pedicurist is wearing gloves, make sure it’s a fresh pair before they place their hands in your water. If the pedicurist skipped the gloves, make sure they wash their hands before putting their hands in your water. Their dirty gloves and hands can transmit bacteria and infections between clients.

Don’t get your cuticles cut. Your cuticles act as a barrier against bacteria and other microorganisms entering the skin, so just get them pushed. If your pedicurist often uses sharp tools during your pedicure, watch out. This can be an easy way to nick the skin and cause an infection.

Follow up. For a few days after your pedicure, pay close attention to your skin. Infections can develop and become more serious over time. If you have any concerns about open wounds on your skin, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.

Brittany Fenning is a freelance writer based in the Washington, DC area.


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0 thoughts on “5 Steps to a Safe Pedicure

  1. mothermeryl says:

    Now I don’t want to go to a nail salon…

  2. dessie81 says:

    THAT is why I do this at home. A regular water basin is easily desinfcted with bleach after the whole thing is done. As for metal files and nailclippers — alchohol does the trick.

  3. jessica03 says:

    I need to start doing pedicure at home. safe and saves my money!

  4. bostongirl says:

    I have been going to the same manicurist for I would say about 6 or 7 years. I’ve never had any kind of fungal experience and you better believe wheather it’s a manicure or pedicure, I make sure they’re clean and using gloves and the pedicure tub I notice is always disinfected before they take you. So that’s good. I can and do pedicures at home as well and have saved money. It’s just in the summer when I usually splurge for a pedicure. The massage chair alone is pure heaven. The pedicures are great. Massage there as well. When your feet hurt from our lovely heels, it’s great to have a foot massage. But I agree, beware and make sure you know who you’re dealing with. I have no problems speaking up to manicurists or hairdressers and have fortunately chosen some really great ones!! You just have to get some good referrals.

  5. bostongirl says:

    I wish there was an edit area. I meant (whether). I was an English major in college and when I read misspellings I just get whew! hurry and correct it. One of my many flaws… oh well. I need a vacation. : )))

  6. a_Walker726 says:

    I think this is defiantly good information for clients to hear. Although I do think some information is miss represented. There are guildelines placed by each individual State Cosmetology Board on sanitizing of implements and footbathes. By my states law I am required to circulate sanitizer 10 min though a pedicure throne after each customer.Look for salons that offer Footsie Bathes they have a disposible liner for each customer. Sometimes there may time crunches in a salon, but if you go to a reputable place they will schedule in that time to make sure your implents and footbathes are properly disinfected.

  7. americaneon says:

    the safest pedi places are actually the ones that don’t use the expensive massage chair attached to the foot bath, but, the ones with the footbaths that can be dumped out and cleaned. something to do with the pipes and being able to clean them properly. i personally had a bad experience at the top rated salon for pedicures and my foot swelled up with a terrible infection. so, home pedis for me!!

  8. alyeska says:

    i saw a special on infections picked up at nail salons and they were horrible, took months to heal and left awful scars. i haven’t had a salon pedi since. vermont country store sells a cuticle product that is outstanding. i think it’s called “pedicure in a jar.” you just put it on at night and the next morning your toes look great.

  9. JENNIFER 75 says:

    IVE BEEN A LICENSED MANICURIST FOR 16 YEARS IN CALIFORNIA. AND I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING THIS ARTICLE SAYS…HOWEVER, THE BOARD OF COSMOTOLOGY HAS ENORMOUS FINES FOR NOT SANITIZING PROPERLY, IF YOUR CAUGHT. I ALWAYS ALWAYS SANITIZE PROPERLY BECAUSE I WORK OFF OF RETURN CLIENTS NOT WALK INS. MY ADIVCE IS TO ONLY GET A PEDICURE WITH A MANICURIST WHO HAS BEEN REFERRED TO YOU. IF YOU GO TO A SALON THAT HAS 15 PEDI CHAIRS ALL IN USE AND MORE PEOPLE WAITING..THEN ODDS ARE THEY ARENT GOING TO SANITIZE THAT CHAIR PROPERLY. THE CORRECT WAY IN CALI IS TO SCRUB THE BASIN DOWN THEN FILL IT UP WITH HOT WATER AND A HOSPITAL GRADE DISINFECTANT LIKE BARBICIDE AND TURN ON THE JETS FOR 15 MINUTES. THE JETS ARE WHERE ALL THE BACTERIA CAN HIDE IF THEIR NOT TURNED ON DURING SANTITATION. ALSO THE IMPLEMENTS SHOULD BE FULLY SUBMERGED IN A HOSPITAL GRADE DISINFECTANT FOR AT LEAST 10 MINUTES. AND MOST DEFINETLY DO NOT LET ANYONE CUT YOUR CUTILCES…I AGREE GETING A PEDI CAN BE SCARY BUT ITS A WONDERFUL LUXURY EVERYONE SHOULD TREAT THEMSELVES TO, JUST NOT AT A WALK IN SLON..MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AND DONT BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT EXPERIENCE OF THE MANICURIST AND HOW THEY SANITIZE. OH AND I RECOMMEND A PEDI WITHOUT THE JETS…

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