June 6, 2011
OLYMPIA — The sun has arrived in Washington, and while many people dust off their sandals and head to the nail salon for a pedicure, the Department of Licensing reminds consumers to choose their salons carefully so they don’t leave with more than just painted toes.
“Pedicures and manicures can be a wonderful experience if salons are properly cleaning and disinfecting their equipment, tools, implements, and foot spas,” said Liz Luce, Director of the Department of Licensing. “A trip to the nail salon shouldn’t end with a trip to the doctor’s office for an infection.”
State law requires salons to follow very strict safety and sanitation rules to protect customers from the spread of disease and infection. Salons are inspected every two years, or upon receipt of a consumer complaint. During these inspections, Licensing officials request demonstrations of how the salons clean and disinfect their foot spas and work to correct poor practices.
Luce recommends salon customers take a few common sense precautions:
If you have concerns about whether or not a salon is licensed, go to the department’s website at dol.wa.gov. Consumers can file a complaint by calling (360) 664-6645.