Q: Since foaming is so critical to COP methods, should operators be agitating the solution(s) to produce foam before and during manual cleanings?
A: Mechanical energy, agitation, and plain old elbow grease, are vital weapons in cleaning and Clean-Out-Of-Place applications. So we would recommend that wherever possible, mechanical energy be applied to remove unwanted residues from the surface we are trying to clean. This will
Q. What can we do to reduce cleaning time? We want to be as optimal and thorough in our cleaning as possible.
A. At Alconox Inc we recognize that manual cleaning may take minutes, spray cleaning seconds, and soaking may take hours, possibly overnight, to achieve comparable cleanliness. Read more….
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.”
Q: What is the difference between Tergazyme and Alconox? Is one better? Is one more mild? A: There are several similarities and key differences between Tergazyme® Enzyme-Active Powdered Detergent and Alconox® Powdered Precision Cleaner. Both detergents are powerful emulsifiers and excellent detergents for the removal of organic and oily residues.
Q. Do you have any suggestions about the shelf life of 1% Tergazyme solution?
A. Tergazyme solutions should be used within 8 hours of dissolving the powdered Tergazyme detergent in water. As dry powder, Tergazyme has excellent stability with a shelf life of 2 years from date of manufacture.