Instrument Care

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  • Rinse all cleaning residue thoroughly off the instrument.

  • Use distilled or demineralized water only for washing and rinsing as well as for sterilizing, along with a nylon brush, nylon pot scrubber, and low sudsing, near-neutral detergent (pH 7-8). Normal tap water will leave deposits on the instruments due to high mineral content.

  • Do not use steel wool, wire brushes, highly abrasive cleaners or detergents with a high pH (8-9), as this will damage the passive layer or "skin" of your instrument. The so-called passivation process during manufacturing forms a thin protective film on the surface of the stainless steel instrument. Through constant use and repeated processing an instrument will actually passivate itself. Older instruments are well protected by a tough layer of passivation as a result of hundreds of washings, dryings and sterilizations.

  • Immediately after cleaning, dip instruments in a water-soluble lubricant. Do not rinse or wipe off - the protection film of the lubricant should remain on the instrument throughout sterilization and storage. If ultrasonic cleaning methods are used, it is essential to lubricate with instrumental milk.