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Pre-soak for Tough Residues in Medical Device Cleaning & 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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Join Us at MD&M Minneapolis 2018

Visit Alconox, Inc. at MD&M Minneapolis 2018, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, October 31 through November 1, 2018.  Enter Code: Special1539 at this Registration Link for a free Expo pass and 20% off all conference pricing.

Once at the show, stop by Booth 1539 to receive our unique gifts, expert technical support for your critical cleaning applications, and detergent samples.

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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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Using High Foam Detergent in an Automated Ultrasonic Cleaning Line

Q. Can we use high-foaming detergents in an automated cleaning line?
A. Yes, but using a high-foam detergent requires a rinse chamber that allows foam to rinse off and drain easily and completely. If the automated line uses initial spray rinsing right after the wash tank

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Silicon Oil

Cleaning Silicone Grease Residue Build Up in a Parts Washer

Q. Our parts washer uses a 2.5 hour cycle following a manual wash. A build up of silicone grease is observed. Our preference is to reduce manual cleaning. Is there a cleaning agent available that can remove silicone grease that would be compatible with a parts washer using water as the cleaning agent?

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Ultrasonic Cleaning: Detergent Bath Life

Q: We manufacture medical devices. Can we use our Alconox or Citranox bath solution more than once? How do we know that we need to change the solution?

A: For the highest level of cleanliness, you only use a solution once. In general, in a medical device manufacturing and cleaning operation, a detergent bath will typically easily last for 8 hours.

For example, you can make up a fresh Alconox® or Citranox® solution once a day and then verify that the pH has not changed more …

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Citric Acid Passivation – Safe, Effective, Easy

Surface contamination interferes with formation of protective oxide coating on stainless steel thereby leaving it open to corrosion. The stainless steel needs passivation.

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Medical Device Cleaning: Martensitic Stainless Steel

Q: We use Alconox on the medical device parts we manufacture that need cleaning before shipment. Alconox detergent is working in an excellent way with austenitic stainless steel parts, but is not working that well with martensitic stainless steel. Actually, at the end of the process cleaning martensitic steel, we notice some marks on the material. Any recommendations?

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Monitoring Bath Life Extension in Medical Device Cleaning

Q. What is the best way to monitor for bath life extension?
A.To avoid potential for cross contamination, only freshly made up cleaning solutions should be used for the highest levels of critical cleaning. In general, a pH change of 1 unit towards neutral indicates an exhausted cleaning solution. Bath life can be extended. Learn How.

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Alconox Liquinox

Differences between Alconox and Liquinox

Q. Currently using Alconox, but are considering a switch to liquinox. We have seen less residuals with Liquinox, which is desireable. What are the recommendations and concerns with switching from Alconox to Liquinox? What are the difference in ingredients between the two?
A. Alconox and Liquinox are functionally equivalent cleaners, but are not chemically identical. Click to learn more and access the Liquinox and Alconox msds.

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