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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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Comply With EPA Field Equipment Cleaning and Decontamination.

Q: We are looking for a phosphate free detergent to comply with the EPA document SESDPROC-205-R3 Field Equipment Cleaning and Decontamination.

A: On the EPA government website, for field equipment cleaning and decontamination, the following statement is made: Detergent shall be a standard brand of phosphate-free laboratory detergent such as Liquinox® or Luminox®.

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Glassware and Utensils Came Out Coated In A Dry White Residue

Q: We are working with a lab washer in a compounding pharmacy application. We are using Detergent 8 to clean glassware and utensils. The glassware and utensils came out coated in a dry white residue. Can you please advise why this is happening with this detergent?

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How To Clean an Aluminum Coated Mirror

Q: We are looking to clean an aluminum coated mirror with a neutral, mild effective cleaner.  What can Alconox Inc. recommend?
A:  Typical residues found in laboratory, aerospace and optics industry mirror applications are adhered dust, dirt and water spots.  Occasionally oil spots and coolant residues will be found as well. 

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Do Enzymatic Detergents Disinfect?

Q. We have been using Tergazyme to clean lenses and cuvettes for our light scattering equipment and it works flawlessly! My question is: Does Tergazyme enzyme detergent have any disinfection properties, like killing of bacteria such as E. coli, or viruses?

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Join Us at Pittcon Chicago 2020

Visit Alconox, Inc. at Pittcon, Chicago, March 3-5, 2020. Stop by booth #1514 to receive our unique gifts, expert technical support for your critical cleaning applications, and detergent samples.

Our critical cleaning detergents and cleaners remove an array of soils while leaving no interfering residues on laboratory equipment, glassware and instruments.

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Laboratory Cleaning: Alcojet Detergent not Dissolving in Washer

Q. Alcojet is not dispensing/dissolving in my lab washer. Do you know why this would happen? 

A. When this happens to clients, the most common cause is putting Alcojet into a wet dispenser cup. The caking effect is made worse if the Alcojet does not immediately dispense before running the washer. This causes the wet Alcojet to sit in the wet detergent dispenser cup, cake up solidly and form a cement. When the wash cycle finally pops the dispenser door, the detergent will not dissolve.  

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Cannabis Lab

Cleaning Botanical and Cannabis Residue in the Laboratory

Q: We are working with cannabis resin in our lab and the residue is very tough to remove.  We are currently using isopropyl alcohol and it is just not good enough.  Any advice?

A: It is no secret that waxy, sticky cannabis and other botanical resins are some of the most difficult residues to clean.  But of course, keeping your labware, glassware and other laboratory equipment clean is vital. 

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Detergent Bottle Reuse and Recycle?

Q. Can we send back empty Alcotabs jars for re-use?

A. Alcotabs® Tablet Pipet Detergent is indeed a great product and ideal for siphon pipette washers and similar applications where an effervescing detergent is required. We very much echo your sentiment for reusing wherever possible. After all, we live and breathe effective, critical cleaning!

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