Most corner salons and even some of your more upscale places typically have those big pedicure thrones as the primary means of doing pedicures and boy do they feel GOOD! But let's discuss for one moment the safety of these thrones. Recent articles have been circulating across the web from various sources and the common thread denominator is about how the pedicure thrones are cleaned for the safety of the clients that enjoy them.
Most beauty schools across the nation have a code of universal precaution when it comes to proper protocol when it comes to cleaning pedicure bowls and whirlpool spas. It is mandated that they be cleaned using a Hospital Grade/EPA certified solution and/or Bleach. The question is whether or not the salon provider is actually cleaning their thrones and basins the correct way.
If not cleaned properly pedicure thrones can harvest bacteria in the pipes which can then be transferred to the client. The only way to avoid this potential hazard is to ensure that each pedicure throne is cleaned properly and that the internal pipes are flushed for at least 10-minutues between each client service. The other option is the use of a pedicure bowl. Pedicure Bowls are becoming more popular and you tend to see them at salons that offer more organic and holistic services. They are a lot easier to clean and because they are circular and don't contain internal piping the likelihood of transferring bacteria from client-to-client is lessened greatly.
As a consumer, it is okay for you to question your Pedicurist or Nail Tech on how they clean their foot thrones, bowls and implements. We want our client's to look and feel good and feel confident about getting their services done with cleanliness and safety as the top priority.