Cleaning and disinfecting foot spas

Foot spas are a large part of some beauty premises registered under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act.

Foot spas need to be cleaned thoroughly to prevent the growth and spread of disease causing micro-organisms.

Micro-organisms grow on moist dirty surfaces. To prevent the spread of infectious diseases, a single-use disposable foot spa liner can be used, otherwise the foot spa should be cleaned and disinfected between each client and at the end of the day.

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and disinfection.

It is suggested once a week to soak foot spas with disinfectant overnight.

After each client:

  • drain the water from the foot spa

  • clean the surfaces of the foot spa, wash with warm water and detergent

  • rinse with hot running water

  • dry with a lint free cloth

  • disinfect with a chlorine based disinfectant (bleach). Re-circulating 'air-jet' spas need to be disinfected by circulating clean water and disinfectant according to the manufacturer's instructions

  • rinse in hot water

  • dry with lint free cloth

Image showing foot spa and foot being massaged

Page last updated: Tuesday, 4 August 2020