Some Important Care Tips:
. Before sterilization, always inspect your equipment for any dirt remains or organic or mineral deposits. The extreme heat can cause these deposit to be permanently burnt into the instrument, increasing chances of corrosion.
. Never mix stainless steel with other metals like aluminum, brass or copper. This can cause electrochemical changes and also produce etching or staining.
. Use distilled or demineralized water only.
. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions precisely when it comes to the temperatures and times involved for autoclaving, dry heating or germicidal solvents.
. Dry each instruments separately and completely. In case of remaining moisture, dry using a sterile cloth.
. Always use physiological oil and other suitable lubricant to keep instruments well oiled. This is especially required for instruments comprising many parts like scissors, pliers, forceps and gouges. A regular use of oil prevents stiffness and corrosion and results in smooth functioning.
. Hinged instruments like forceps and needle holders should always be opened for cleaning and sterilization.
. Etching or engraving instruments for personal identification can damage the instrument itself and cause damage to other instruments as well. Damage to the polished surface can always lead to corrosion.
. Although stainless steel has outstanding corrosion resistant properties, contact with certain chemicals must be avoided.