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Alconox Inc. COVID-19 and Coronavirus

Relevant TechNotes and recommendations:…..Our supply chain, manufacturing, and distribution system in the US is thus far unaffected by COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. All of our raw materials are US sourced. As part of our disaster preparedness plans, we have made commercially reasonable contingency plans to mitigate the potential impact of COVID-19 or the Coronavirus on our ability to supply Alconox Inc. detergents.

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Cleaning Coveralls and Other Potentially Contaminated PPE

Q: Can we use the Alconox Inc. detergents for washing to clean and disinfect coveralls for re-use?  We have Alconox powder in stock.

A:  Yes!  I would use the word clean as opposed to disinfect.  That is what aqueous detergents do. See these important links….

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How to: Clean and Disinfect for Viruses and Other Pathogens

Per Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting viruses and other pathogens, any form of disinfection necessarily follows cleaning.  The process of cleaning will remove any residues that might shield any virus or pathogen from the disinfection step that comes next.  Disinfection, following the thorough cleaning and rinsing, can be done with bleach solutions….

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Clean Before Sterilization (Disinfection)

Did you know? If It’s Not Clean, You Can’t Sterilize.

Why must instruments be cleaned before being sterilized? According to the CDC, “Cleaning should precede all disinfection and sterilization processes.Cleaning involves the removal of debris (organic or inorganic) from an instrument or device. If visible debris is not removed, it will interfere with microbial inactivation and can compromise the disinfection or sterilization process.”

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Replacing Isopropyl Alcohol in Cleaning

Q. I’ve been told that we should no longer use isopropyl alcohol for cleaning our pharmaceutical equipment. What should we use instead?

A. In pharmaceutical cleaning applications, isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is less than ideal. Alcohol will clean residues which are soluble in alcohol, but that is a limited range.  Using critical cleaning, aqueous detergents are a far more robust and will allow for more effective cleaning processes.

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How Does Tergazyme Enzyme Detergent Work?

Q:  You recently sent a sample of Tergazyme detergent for a tough biologic cleaning challenge and it worked better than anything we had previously tried. I realize this must be due to the enzyme component. What information can you provide me on how enzyme detergents work, so I can share it with our decision makers / executives who want to better understand why this detergent got such different results?

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Cleaning Blood off of Recording Electrodes

Q. I was planning on purchasing Tergazyme but was wondering if there might be reason to consider an additional second cleaning product for cleaning blood products, etc off recording electrodes and off of surgical instruments. Would this be redundant or offer any advantage?
A. Tergazyme alone is very effective at removing blood, tissue & other body fluids off of electrodes and surgical instruments. Learn More.

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Are there any PFAS, PFOA, or PFOS in Alconox Inc. Critical Cleaners?

Q. Is there any PFOA or PFOS in any Alconox cleaner?
A. PFOA and PFOS are perfluoro-octanoic acid and perfluoro-octane sulfonate. None of the Alconox, Inc brand cleaners contains PFOA or PFOS ingredients.

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Ultrasonic with Low-Foam Detergent

Q. We are having foaming issues in ultrasonic cleaner. Basically, we are looking for a non-foaming version of the Liquinox cleaner we are currently using.  Can you use a detergent that doesn’t foam in an ultrasonic bath? A. Depending on what the foaming issue is, you may be able to continue using Liquinox detergent. As a general statement….

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Shelf Life of Opened Detergent Concentrate

Q. What is the shelf life of the Liquinox concentrate? A. Liquinox conforms to its 2 year shelf life under typical laboratory storage conditions…

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