Virtually all manufacturers of surgical instruments, rigid scopes, flexible scopes, and instrument containers recommend the use of neutral pH Cleaning Concentrates. Do not use high acidic (pH <4) or high alkaline (pH >10) products for disinfection or cleaning, since these can corrode metal, cause discoloration or stress fractures.
Cleaning is the Prerequisite for Sterilization.
Manufacturers of surgical instruments recommend the use of neutral pH enzyme detergent cleaners. Neutral pH all-in-one or combination enzyme surgical instrument cleaner detergent concentrates have been shown to be effective in optimizing the efficacy of the passive oxide layer. This provides a longer life for stainless steel surgery instruments. Cleaning concentrates with a high or low pH have been shown to erode the passive layer. The most common of these cleaning concentrates utilize an alkaline detergent with an acid neutralizer. Virtually all manufacturers of surgical instruments using a neutral ph detergent.
Lubrication of Surgical Instruments
To maintain moving parts and protect instruments from staining and rusting during sterilization and storage, they should be lubricated with a water-soluble, preserved lubricant after each cleaning. The ONEcleaner all-in-one cleaners provide lubrication with a chemical preservative to prevent bacterial growth in the lubricant bath and a rust inhibitor that prevents electrolytic corrosion of points and edges.