How to sterilize pedicure tools

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How to sterilize pedicure tools

Pedicure equipment includes nail files, nail clippers, pedicure bowls or tubs, nail brushes, and pumice stones. Cleanliness is a concern when a pedicurist works on several people with the same equipment. For the sake of avoiding a bacterial outbreak, it's essential to learn how to sterilise pedicure tools.

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Things you need

  • Bactericide, fungicide or virucide product

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    Drain foot tubs or basins after performing a pedicure to get rid of all the bacteria present. Once all the water is removed, wipe down the inside of the tub with an antibacterial cleaner.

  2. 2

    Disinfect all non-porous products made of plastic, closed cell foams, steel, glass and vinyl. This includes nail clippers and cuticle clippers.

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    Know that most porous products or products made of open-celled foam, wood and paper are usually meant to be used only once and then thrown away. They may include special cleaning instructions for you to follow.

  4. 4

    Use a cleaning agent that is an EPA registered medical grade or hospital bactericide, fungicide and virucide. it must be capable of killing bacteria, fungus and viruses.

  5. 5

    Consider a combination product that both cleans and disinfects. Soak the pedicure tools in it for at least 10 minutes. Read all labels to learn how to use each product.

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    Rinse pedicure tools in a 90 per cent isopropyl rubbing alcohol for at-home pedicures. It's not necessary for you to buy a medical bactericide, fungicide and virucide if you're the only one using the equipment.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't soak in a foot spa if you have any broken skin, scrapes, cuts or nicks for at least 24 hours because you may pick up bacteria.

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