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New pipeline cuts down on chance of infection during pedicures

Arlington, TX -

(NBC) - It's no secret that women love a pedicure, but lurking in the back of every customer's mind is the question of whether or not their spa is a clean one.

"It's just a great pampering and it's just a fun time to relax and visit with your friends or have some alone time," Kristi Burdette said. "I love to have my toenails painted, but I don't want a staph infection."

Traditional spa tubs have pipes that are difficult to clean and can easily harbor bacteria and fungus. An Arlington, TX company is changing that with new magnetic jets.

"It's a lot safer," said Tiffany Palmer, a salon manager.

They're pipeless, powered by magnets and completely removable so they're easier to sanitize, which is not only important for the health and safety of customers, but for the business as well.

"We can be fined anywhere from $500 to $2,500 if it's not cleaned properly," Palmer said.

Customers say the new spas make them feel better about a treatment that already left them feeling great.

The company is also working on a magnetic jet for home whirlpools. They expect it to be available through retailers sometime this summer.

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