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Tattoo Cleaning – Clean Before Sterilization

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

There’s a lot that goes into good workstation prep for tattoo artists, but before you stock the area, you need to sterilize.  But did you know that before you sterilize, you need to clean?

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.”

In other words you may have “sterilized” residue on your equipment.  Which of course isn’t sterile.

The fact is, disinfection cannot reliably be achieved without cleaning.  Cleaning removes inorganic and organic material from instruments — think blood, pus, dirt, or mucus — while disinfectant destroys microbes that can contaminate and then sicken customers.

If inorganic and organic materials remain on surfaces because they were not pre-cleaned, it interferes with the effectiveness of disinfectants and opens the door for cross contamination.

While some shops use bleach water for pre-cleaning, the safest and more effective cleaning detergent in the tattoo industry is an enzymatic detergent just as is used in hospitals and medical device industries.

Tergazyme® Enzyme-Active Powdered Detergent:

  • Safe on tattoo equipment
  • Contains enzyme for blood and protein soil removal
  • The power of Alconox plus enzyme to meet health ordinances
  • Tergazyme for cleaning tattoo inks, pigments, dyes and oils
  • Long enzyme activity lasts 8 hours in solution
  • Easy to use for tattoo equipment cleaning

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