Surgical Instrument Cleaners
can avoid pitting. 

Your first-line-of-defense against Preventing Corrosion is the passive oxide layer of Surgical Instruments Stainless steel. One of the special characteristics of these steels is that the manufacturer forms a passive oxide layer on the surface, which protects them against  corrosion. 

This makes surgery instruments as corrosion resistant as possible. It is imperative that you maintain the passive oxide layer to prevent corrosion and maintain your surgery instruments in optimal condition. If this is not done the stainless steel will be more susceptible to corrosion, pitting and stains.This will reduce the life of the surgery instruments and/or  render it useless. Initially, all stainless steel surgical instruments have the same corrosion resistance. When strength and hardness requirements are important factors for instrument function, corrosion resistance is generally lower. Increasing the corrosion resistance would soften the stainless steel. Manufacturers of surgery instruments recommend the use of neutral pH cleaning concentrates.

The neutral pH surgical instrument cleaning detergents have been shown to be effective in optimizing the efficacy of the passive oxide layer. Virtually all manufacturers of surgical instruments recommend against using these detergents and recommend using a neutral pH detergent. The ONEcleaner neutral pH Medical Enzyme Cleaners clean surgical instruments residue free.

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Yellow-brown stains on surgical stainless steel instruments are frequently mistaken for rust. These residue deposits are usually the instrument being exposed to result of high chloride content. They will lead to pitting of the surgical instrument surface if not removed. Excessively hard water can contain high levels of salt sufficient to cause stains or spots that appear as rust. Boilers used to generate the steam for steam sterilizers, if not cleaned properly, will produce contaminated steam which can deposit minerals onto instruments during the sterilization process. The passive layer of stainless steel is intended to prevent or resist corrosion. The process is called Passivation. Passivation eliminates the carbon molecules form the instrument surface. This forms a layer which acts as a corrosive resistant seal. Surgical instrument cleaners  will build up the layer of chromium oxide and protect Surgical Instruments from corrosion and pitting. In some circumstances older instruments have higher resistance to corrosion than new ones. Newer instruments have not had the time to build up the chromium oxide layer. Improper sterilizing surgical instruments and cleaning can cause the layer of chromium oxide to disappear or become damaged thus increasing the possibility of corrosion and/or pitting. Proper cleaning and sterilization can cause the layer of chromium oxide to improve over time thus decreasing the possibility of corrosion and pitting

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