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Cleaning, Disinfecting and Sterilizing Plastics

General Cleaning

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There are numerous ways to properly wash, disinfect or sterilize plastics. Washing Plastics with a Mild Detergent is sufficient for most general applications. Be sure to rinse with tap water, and then rinse again with distilled water. Most plastics, particularly the polyolefins (PPCO, PP, PMP, LDPE, and HDPE), have non-wetting surfaces that resist attack and are easy to clean. It is important to not use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads on any plastic. Do not use strong alkaline cleaning agents with polycarbonate (PC).

Plastic Sterilization vs. Plastic Disinfection

When considering methods for sterilization procedures, it is important to differentiate between sterilization and disinfection. Sterilization kills all viable microorganisms. Disinfection only reduces the number of viable microorganisms. Commonly used disinfectants include alcohol, iodophors, quaternary ammonium. 

How to Clean, Disinfect and Sterilize Plastic Material

Gordon Brush® has provided several ways to properly clean plastics. Only some of these methods may be applicable to your specific product.

Brushes for Cleaning, Disinfecting & Sterilizing Plastics

 

 

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Gordon Brush® provides numerous types of sterilizer and cleaning brushes for your plastic container disinfection and sterilization needs. Our brushes for disinfecting, cleaning and sterilizing plastics provide a highly effective way to properly clean plastics. Some of the sterilizer cleaning brushes that we offer include:

Why Sterilize Plastic?

Plastic sterilization is used to reduce or eliminate bioburdens to a safe level. A bioburden refers to the number of microorganisms present within the plastic, including bacteria, virus, and fungi. Microbiologists can test for the types and numbers of bioburdens that are present within the plastic, including pyrogens, which are remnants of bacteria that carry endotoxins and cause fevers. Additionally, an item may be sterile, but still contain pyrogens.

Furthermore, when plastic is glass-reinforced, it can withstand higher temperatures and be sterilized and depyrogenated at the same time. Exposure to temperatures of 600ºF or higher kills microorganisms and burns endotoxins. The higher the temperature, the shorter the exposure time needed for depyrogenation. Unfortunately, most plastic won't survive the additional depyrogenation temperatures, so it is frequently sterilized and then washed with pyrogen-free water.

What Sterilization Method Should I be using with My Plastic Medical Device?

Click here for: A technical whitepaper 'Sterilization of Plastics' from our friends at Zeus Industrial Products, Inc.

Contact Gordon Brush® Today

Contact us for more information on our sterilizer cleaning brushes and brushes for disinfecting plastics, or for a custom quote today.

 

                                

 




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