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Pre-soak for Tough Residues in Medical Device Reprocessing

Q. We reprocess single use medical devices and we are having trouble getting organic and biological residue out of crevices. It is requiring cleaning for a much longer time than we can support in our processes. We’ve started to do pre-soaking as we read that this would help, but we’re a little concerned we are not doing that optimally either. Can you make recommendations?

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Advanced Cleaning Mechanisms: Oxidation

Oxidation or bleaching is one of the many cleaning mechanisms that a detergent formulator can bring to bear by formulating with appropriate ingredients.  In cleaning, oxidation, or bleaching, changes the structure of a residue to render it more easily removed. Oxidation is loss….

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Cleaning in Food & Beverage Manufacturing: Does Liquinox Kill Bacteria?

Q. Will Liquinox kill and bacteria, yeast and molds in a nutritional food and beverage manufacturing facility? Has it been ISO 17025 lab and/or FDA approved or verified for this purpose?

A. Alconox, Inc. detergents remove pathogens, but they do not kill them, and none of the detergents from Alconox have sporicidal properties. We do speak, in our technical bulletin about how, “Liquinox,  in concentrated form, will not support bacterial growth,” but we say this as a….

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Advanced Cleaning Mechanisms: Alkaline Hydrolysis

Alkaline Hydrolysis is a chemical reaction that takes place when tough organic residues are soaked in an alkaline solutions like detergent. Organic and biological compounds are altered and made unstable by alkaline cleaning agents as they undergo a process called alkaline hydrolysis. Alkaline hydrolysis breaks these residues into smaller more water soluble and more easily emulsified molecules.

There are two types of residues, specifically, that are broken down by alkaline detergents…

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Lab Glassware Cleaning: Liquid or Powder Detergent in Washer?

We have purchased one of your liquid low foaming detergents (the dishwasher dealer recommended liquid detergent) and have been using it straight out of the bottle into our dishwasher cup. Do we dilute the detergent before putting in the dishwasher dosing cup?  Is liquid or powder better? Read on….

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How To Clean Carbide

Q:I was wondering if you have a product that I can use in an ultrasonic cleaner to clean tungsten carbide that would not leach out cobalt? That also can be disposed of down a drain?

A: Tungsten carbide (WC) cleaning comes with some inherent issues, and the cleaning cycle that accompanies it will depend entirely on the feed stock (components to be cleaned) that the process comes from. This is where Alconox, Inc., as the critical cleaning experts, excel from our experience and vast pool of applications to draw upon.

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Cleaning Botanical Residue in Manufacturing

Q: We are manufacturing cannabis products, legally, in California, but are struggling with cleaning cannabis residue. We cannot find any current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) documentation to help us. Can you help us?

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Cleaning Pipettes in the Laboratory

Q. What are some best practices for lab cleaning of pipettes. We’re having trouble in our lab removing dried on residues.
A. The principal concern for any scientist or technician working in the laboratory is that glassware, like pipettes, be free of interfering residues after they are cleaned. Unseen residues can wreak havoc on analytical results by inhibiting culture growth, causing cross contamination, non-reproducible results and more.   

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Reducing Foam in Ultrasonic Cleaning

How do we go about reducing foam suds in our 1% Liquinox ultrasonic bath? We have 3 ultrasonic tanks in our series process. Bath 1 has the 1% solution. Bath 2 and 3 are a rinsing cascade system with RO water only. The foam is building up in tank 1 and then transfers to tank 2.

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Pharmaceutical Cleaning: Choosing CIP Detergent  

Equipment used in pharmaceutical manufacturing must be cleaned before each use, and the cleaning procedure used must be in accordance with good manufacturing practices (GMPs). There are different types of CIP including, single pass systems and recirculation system. No matter which type is used, Alconox, Inc. provides support to meet cGMP regulations and detergents ideally suited for CIP systems.

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