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  1. Water Spots on Medical Devices After Washer Cleaning

    Water Spots on Medical Devices After Washer Cleaning
    Q. We are washing stainless medical devices in a washer and are getting water spots. We are using Solujet and Citrajet. What’s causing this problem? A. Water spots typically occur because of two main reasons: the orientation of the parts in the washer is trapping dirty wash water and/or detergent dosing is insufficient. If any items being washed have a shape that can retain dirty wash water, it can sometimes get carried into the next rinse cycle and spread all over all the items being washed. An example of a such a shape would be “U” shapes or cups. Then the parts gets dried and the residue from the dirty wash water leaves water spots. To solve this, load the items in a way to tilt them so they drain completely and do not carry dirty wash water from the wash cycle to the rinse cycle. If this is not an issue, then consider detergent dosing. If you are washing with hard tap water (high in calcium, magnesium and iron), and you are under-dosing the detergent, then there may not be enough chelating agent to tie up the hardness ions. In this case, these ions will precipitate out as metal oxides/hyrdroxides/carbonates that then do not rinse easily and can lead to water spots. Be sure to use at least a 1% Solujet® Low Foaming Phosphate Free Detergent wash solution (10 mL/L) and 1% Citrajet® Low Foaming Acid Cleaner rinse solution (10 mL/L). Also consider using deionized, RO, or distilled water for rinsing, and even washing, which can help completely avoid this problem. Note that high quality water is less important for the wash step.
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  2. Residue Testing with pH Strips

    Residue Testing with pH Strips

    Q. Can I use pH paper to confirm cleaning and rinsing of labware to comply with lab accreditation requirements?

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  3. Cleaning Denatured Proteins

    Cleaning Denatured Proteins

    Q. We are looking to clean denatured proteins from our medical device along with baked-on desiccated blood that is not removed completely. Manual scraping removes the residual but is not acceptable. Need a cleaner that will dissolve all bio-matter. Cleaning process is to prepare device for autoclave sterilization.

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  4. This Week in Lab and Cleanroom Supplies

    This Week in Lab and Cleanroom Supplies

    General Lab and Cleanroom Supply is proud to feature outstanding manufactures and products in our weekly posts. This week's selections have something to love for anyone responsible for or interested in procurement or purchsing.

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  5. Are you in Compliance with USP 797?

    Are you in Compliance with USP 797?

    Are you in Compliance with USP 797?

    General Labs and Cleanroom Supplies has everything you need to be in Compliance. We are an authorized supplier of Texwipe and their line of products that are especially designed to comply with the USP 797 requirements.

    Sterile IPA, Sterile Wipers, Wipers, Disinfectants, Cleanroom Mops, Adhesive Mats and many more items.

    Just take a moment and follow this link (PDF) to see how General Lab and Texwipe can make all your compliance issues, well, more compliant:

    I'd like to discuss with you how General Lab & Cleanroom Supply can help you with 797 compliance and save some real money at the same time.

    I can be reached at (805) 376-0901 or Tom@genlabdirect.com should you have any questions about the information I am sending.

    I look forward to working with you in the near future.

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