I soak the clients' hands in herbal salts. I use a copper manicure bowl. Copper is known for its sterilizing qualities, among other healing benefits. I shape the cuticles and nails. Hands are exfoliated and massaged. Polish is applied if the client wishes. I rub cuticle oil on clients' fingers once the nails are dry.
All utensils used for manicures are sterilized with steam to ensure your safety. Steam used in sterilization is hot enough that when it comes into contact with a colder object and condenses, it transfers enough heat energy to kill all the bacteria on the load. Steam is an effective agent for sterilization.