The Cleanliness of Pedicures

February 26, 2006 -- 7:42 CST

Jonesboro, AR -- Getting a pedicure can be fun, but sometimes it can be fatal if salons don't disinfect properly.

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Dangerous bacteria can be found in the water of salon foot spas that have poor sanitation.  The bacteria can then lead to a staph infection.  That’s why sanitation is a must.


“You never now what type of things people have on their feet,” said Keirra McGee, Nail Technician.  “It’s really important that you clean before and after each client.”


A Dallas, Fort Worth woman died last week after getting a staph infection from a salon last year.


"That was probably negligence…somebody not really taking care of their pedicure area," said McGee.


McGee always makes sure that the pedicure bowl is germ-free.  The salon where she works has disinfectant detergent and spray that are used prior to each pedicure.


“At the end of the day we use bleach to clean it, and we have a weekly cleaning too,” she said.  “We have to take things apart and clean behind things.”


The metal implements that are used are sterilized and placed into a dry-heat sanitizer after each use.  The heat sanitizer is used to remove the risk of infection


Manicures and pedicures, for some people, have become a necessary habit.  So customers should make sure that they’re sticking their feet into cleanliness.