Defenders report on San Antonio nail salons with most violations

TDLR to begin new 'at risk' salon list


SAN ANTONIO – Cuts, infections, toenail fungus: All thoughts that make women think twice about if and where they might get a pedicure.

And when asked, the common thread among nail salon clients seems to be attention to cleanliness.

"I want to know that I can see they're cleaning their facilities, they're cleaning their tools, using proper hygienic methods," said salon client Chanine Guerrero.

According to Susan Stanford with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, foot spas should be cleaned after each use, at the end of the day, and then again every two weeks.

"If you get a cut on your foot by a credo blade, and then you put your foot into a foot spa that has not been cleaned correctly, you're at risk of an infection," Stanford said.

A log should be kept detailing each and every cleaning.

If a shop is caught without a current log, they will be fined a significant amount.

In the summer of 2012, the Cali Nail Spa was fined $750 per chair for a total of $8,000 for not having logged cleanings on those chairs.

A year later, the same salon was fined $375 for leaving an applicator in the wax.

What was noticeably absent was a follow up inspection, because, according to Stanford, they are not required by law.

"We do receive customer complaints in which the complaint is open and we do open investigations and look to see if there is a violation that has occurred," Stanford said.

Short of that, the TDLR is only required to inspect salons once every two years.

There may be an opportunity for more inspections in the near future as the agency is coming up with a new "at risk" salon list, where they will keep a record of the shops with multiple violations.

"When a violation puts the public safety at risk, then if a salon has numerous violations such as that, then we would put them on the list to be inspected more often," Stanford said.

She also recommends that the public do their own inspection.

Stanford said, "If you see something you don't like, leave."

Then report it to the TDLR.

You can check out the salon you frequent and also report complaints on the department's website

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