Sanitation: What you should know.

7257128While most spas are beautiful, well-run and attentive to their guests, as a consumer you have the right to know if a spa, salon or wellness facility is right for you.  Don’t be afraid to ask for a tour, interview therapists and ask the manager for more information about the facility.  Sanitation and safety issues should be included in your check of a professional beauty establishment that you would like to frequent.

6 Things to look for:

  • Nails: The nail area of a spa can be a problematic department due to many factors. Implements that cannot be sterilized or sanitized such as nail files, porous foot buffing stones and toe separators are sometimes used over and over again without the proper sanitation steps.
  • Hair Bowls: With busy hair washing occurring around the hair bowls it is easy to forget to sanitize hair bowls between clients. Even in some very nice salons and spas hair is, in fact, being found in the drain traps evidence of previous clients.
  • Waxing Areas: Waxing pots must be cleaned and covered.  No “double dipping” should be occuring.  This means everytime a wood stick is dipped into the pot of wax it should be thrown away and a new stick used for the next application.
  • Bedding on Treatment Tables: While the bedding on treatment tables is becoming more elaborate and ‘prettier’ it is also becoming harder and harder to completely change the linens and bedding for each client. Consequently bedding is can be left unchanged between clients. This is primarily occurring with blankets, duvets, comforters, bolsters and items of that nature.  Have a peak at the massage room and ask about linens protocols.
  • Flooring: Sanitation issues regarding flooring surfaces are various. Some spas have beautiful rugs that are lavishly spread throughout the spa for the client’s comfort. The rugs are beautiful bug harbingers of germs and bacteria. Some of the new bamboo and jute permanent flooring options are being used in spas that are porous and not able to be cleaned.
  • Wet Rooms: By their very nature wet areas are more susceptible to bacteria and germs. The heat and water combined with skin exfoliation alone are a combination for a potentially unclean space. Improper sundries storage, surfaces, implements and equipment that aren’t completely cleaned between clients, dirty floors and mats and re-use of materials on multiple clients are among the problems that one should keep in mind when visiting a spa.