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Published: April 30, 2021

Q: We are looking to clean stainless steel shears and trimmers that have cannabis residue.  We have heard great things about your detergents.  Will they work here?

A: Yes, absolutely.  Ensuring that between batches, equipment is robustly cleaned to avoid cross contamination is essential to ensure your product stays pure.  The way it should be. We would recommend soaking, scrubbing or ultrasonic tanks for the blades of the shears and trimmers in warm to hot, 2-5% Detonox® Ultimate Precision Cleaner or Alconox® Powdered Precision Cleaner.  Follow with thorough rinsing, with the first rinse being at or around the same temperature as the wash.  In this way, we can avoid having the emulsions that form become thermally shocked and risk redepositing the oily, waxy residue.

Note: Many customers have reported success using Alconox powder as a grit or paste (small amount of water added to powder). This makes for a great scrub for trimmers and other tool spots that have a lot of build up and need heavy “elbow grease.” As always hotter water will help!

For washer cleaning of your shears and trimmers, we would recommend Alcojet® Low Foaming Powdered Detergent or Keylajet® Low-foaming Chelating High Alkaline Liquid for powder and liquid dispensing washers, respectively.  The same warm to hot, 2-5% solutions can similarly be used here.

In both manual and washer applications, the detergent amount, time and temperature can be optimized from there.

Review our video cleaning cannabis residues AlconoxCann

We are happy to discuss your particular cannabis residue application any time.

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