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It is summer and as women we like to have nice nails as we wear sandals.  However, how do we know we are getting a sanitary pedicure?  Here are a few things to look for to check if you’re going to a sanitary nail salon.

  • Was your nail file brand new? Under no circumstances should you ever have the same nail file or buffer used on your feet that was used on a previous salon client. You should always request a new nail file for your pedicure. Sanitary salons may also give you that nail file to take home with you. This is a nice gift that can be used later on and a good sign that your feet were treated with fresh supplies.
  • Is the work area clean of clutter and dirt? If the area on your nail technician’s workstation is cluttered or dirty, you can bet that her tools are not clean. Clutter and dirt make prime areas for fungus, germs, and viruses to grow, putting your feet at risk.
  • How long did the footbath have to sterilize between you and the person before you? Footbaths are breeding grounds for germs, fungus, and bacteria. To sterilize your footbath, your salon should scrub down all sides of the footbath and run a sterilization cycle of at least 10 minutes.
  • What type of liquid are the tools sterilized in? Ask what type of liquid is being used to sterilize the tools treating your feet. Sanitary nail salons use anti-fungal and antibacterial products and/or autoclave their instruments.

Please make sure the next salon that performs your pedicure and/or manicure follows the guidelines provided above to keep your feet feeling and looking healthy for the summer!