Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) rules require all salons to clean and disinfect the foot spas for pedicures after every customer. Foot spas that are not regularly cleaned and disinfected can pose a health risk for consumers. Before using a foot spa, TDLR recommends that consumers take a few common sense precautions:
- Make sure the shop owner and operator are currently licensed.
- If you have, or suspect that you have, a skin infection, do not get a pedicure or utilize the foot spa bath.
- Do not shave your legs before your appointment. Shaving may result in nicks or cuts, which may be pathways for bacteria.
- If you have broken skins or lesions, such as cuts or nicks, do not get a pedicure or whirlpool footbath treatment.
- Take a look around the salon to determine if it is clean, free of trash and set up with clean instruments.
- There should be no standing water in the foot spa. If water is being drained from the foot spa just when you arrive, ask that it be cleaned and disinfected before you use it.
- Ask the owner/operator to show you the disinfection/cleaning log of the foot spa you are going to use. If the foot spa has not been sanitized since the last customer used it, ask that it be disinfected before you put your feet into it.
- Ask the owner/operator when the chair was last cleaned. If it has not been cleaned since the last customer used it, ask that it be cleaned before you use it.
- If you have any doubts about the cleanliness of the shop/salon or their adherence to sanitation requirements for foot spa disinfection, leave.