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Disinfecting Your Footbaths

May 12, 2020

Cleaning and disinfecting your footbaths may not be the most fun part of managing your business, but it’s arguably one of the most important. Disease-causing germs such as bacteria, viruses and fungi can use your footbaths as a quick and easy way to spread from one person to the next. But there’s good news – with regular cleaning and disinfection, you can stop these germs in their tracks, and keep your facility clean and disease-free.


Step 1: Make Sure Your Client is Footbath-Ready

This means making sure that they don’t have any sores or wounds on their skin, including scratches, insect bites, or anything else that could weaken the skin. Have a strategy to explain to your client that they should wait until healed to use the footbath, as germs can enter the footbath from breaks in the skin. In addition, arrange for clients to use your footbaths before they do anything that could risk breaking the skin, such as a pedicure or wax. Again, this helps ensure that the client is not transmitting harmful germs into the footbath.


Step 2: Disinfect Between Clients

After each client uses them, your footbaths can be properly cleaned and disinfected by following a few simple steps:


1) Drain the basin or bowl of the footbath and remove any visible dirt or debris that may be left over.
2) Clean the basin and all other surfaces with a detergent, or a one-step cleaner/disinfectant such as Rejuvenate™.  Use a brush to evenly scrub all surfaces to loosen and remove any dirt residue on the surface. Rinse the footbath with clean water and drain.
3) Disinfect with an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant. This step is different depending on whether a circulating or non-circulating system is used.
  1. If you’re using a non-circulating footbath, wipe or spray your disinfectant evenly across the surface of the basin. Make sure that the disinfectant solution is allowed to remain wet on the surface for the required contact time, which can be found on the product label. Look for fungicidal claim which usually is 10 minutes.
  2. If you’re using a circulating footbath, start by filling the basin with clean water to above the jet line. Then, add the amount of disinfectant required to reach the correct concentration. For instance, if using Rejuvenate™ concentrate, add the concentrate to the basin to result in a concentration of 1:16, or 8 oz. per gallon. In some cases, a silicone-based antifoam may come in handy to prevent excess foaming during disinfection. Turn on the footbath and allow it to circulate for 30 seconds, to allow the disinfectant to get in the pipes and disinfect hard-to-reach areas. Then, turn off the footbath and allow the solution to sit for the required contact time.
4) Once the disinfection step is complete, drain the footbath and rinse with clean water. In a circulating system, turn on the footbath for 30 seconds to complete the rinse step. Drain the footbath again.


Step 3: The Deep Clean

At the end of the day, your circulating footbaths may need a little extra attention to ensure everything is clean and ready to go for the next day. After draining these footbaths after the last client of the day, remove any filter screens, jets and any other removable parts from the basin. Use a clean brush to scrub these pieces with a disinfectant such as Rejuvenate™, and rinse. Place the pieces back into the basin and disinfect following the same steps as above.