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Spa Infection Control

A  question submitted to Spas2b:

I have heard that setting up a Sterilization Centre is a good idea, but how do I do this and what do I need?


Response from:  From Vicki Malo, Director of Sales, KvG Group, The Footcare Experts

What you really may be looking for is a processing area.  This is a designated area in a salon or spa where all the implements are cleaned and either disinfected or sterilized. The cleaning protocols should be posted.

For starters, you will need a sink with counter space.

Soiled implements are brought into the processing area to be washed, rinsed, dried, then either disinfected or sterilized. In order to distinguish whether the implement needs disinfection or sterilization, use the Spalding Classifications. For disinfecting, ideally you should use a disinfectant with Tuberculocidal claims at a high level. If the implement needs sterilization you can use either heat (auto clave, heat oven) or a chemical sterilant.

Once you have made a decision on what sterilizing method works best for your spa you will need room for either the auto clave or heat oven, or enough containers to soak the implements in. If you choose to use the auto clave or heat, you will need an electrical outlet.

You should also include an enclosed cupboard to store the different cleaning chemicals, towels, brushes and storage containers for the clean implements.

Your processing area should be easily accessible with enough room for more than one staff member at a time. It is also a good idea to have good lighting and ventilation.

I would also suggest taking an Infection Control class for proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols in all areas of the salon and spa.


Thank you Vicki – and it is a pleasure having your expertise to draw on – your information is so critical to our industry. Leslie Lyon

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2 Responses to Spa Infection Control

  1. Excellent information, Leslie. Recently Leading Spas of Canada provided a webinar featuring Lee Nesbitt from Virox plus another great resource tool at http://www.infectionpreventioresource.com both of which are full of good additional info for keeping spas spotless and clean!

    • Leslie says:

      Thank you Kathryn! Vicki Malo from KvG gave us the information contained in this post, and I believe they still distribute Virox (Accel) (?), but I wasn’t able to attend the webinar unfortunately.