Cleaning Sensitive Equipment: Techniques for Maintaining Pharmaceutical Lab Integrity

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Clean laboratory equipment is essential to prevent contamination, boost efficiency, ensure you comply with health and safety regulations, and provide accurate results. From glassware to sensitive equipment, any dust, moisture, and residue must be removed.

ICE Cleaning is a specialist cleaning company that offers laboratory cleaning services. Its technicians have been trained strictly in how to clean and sterilise lab equipment and surfaces, and can also decontaminate the entire laboratory environment. It operates nationwide, 24/7, 365 days a year.

Continue reading to find out how to clean your lab equipment.

Wipe down the equipment regularly

A laboratory can quickly become dirty, from the benches becoming cluttered with glassware and substances, to the equipment being contaminated with microorganisms and chemicals.

It is recommended that all equipment exteriors and exposed surfaces are wiped down daily to remove any dirt. You should schedule in time to clean and disinfect the laboratory to make sure it’s carried out to a high standard consistently, and to prevent equipment getting too dirty.

Deep clean lab equipment weekly

Some equipment can be cleaned by your staff if they have the right tools, detergents, and training, such as glassware.

However, more challenging, sensitive equipment must be left to trained professionals, like ICE Cleaning’s technicians, to ensure they are cleaned thoroughly with minimal risk of damage.

Why cleaning sensitive equipment should only be done by professional cleaners

Firstly, lab cleaning specialists will give you the peace of mind that your equipment and laboratory are cleaned to a superior level.

They should also have the training, specialist tools, and detergents to carry out the optimal cleaning method for any type of equipment. Identifying the right technique can be very difficult as you need to take into account lots of factors including: 

  • Whether it needs cleaning in place (CIP) or cleaning out of place (COP
  • What system you will choose, such as a manual, ultrasonic, spray, machine, or automated system
  • The tools you will require
  • The detergent you need to use
  • The temperature
  • The dwell time

Cleaning pharmaceutical equipment can be dangerous, too. Cleaners will have the personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep themselves safe if they are working with potentially hazardous substances.

Outsourcing cleaning is cost-effective, as well, as it could extend the lifespan of expensive equipment and reduce the likelihood of repairs and replacement. It may even decrease the amount of time your employees spend cleaning so they can focus better on their tasks, increasing their efficiency.

ICE Cleaning’s technicians have provided their complete lab cleaning solutions for several bio pharma and medical suppliers. They can carry out ultra-sensitive, high quality cleans with the lowest possible risk to your laboratory and equipment.

You can find out more about ICE Cleaning and its other cleaning services on its website.

Subhajit Khara
Subhajit Kharahttps://www.embraceom.com/
Subhajit Khara is an Electronics & Communication engineer who has found his passion in the world of writing. With a background in technology and a knack for creativity, he has become a proficient content writer and blogger. His expertise lies in crafting engaging articles on a variety of topics, including tech, lifestyle, and home decoration.
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